Featured Member Quilts: March 20

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No, we’re not all traditionalists. And we all know that quilters have a sense of humor! Kathleen Castillo posted this fun wall hanging made by noted quilter and fabric artist Jean Ray Laury. Laury, who died two years ago, was inducted into the Quilters Hall of Fame in Marion, Indiana. She was known for whimiscal, modern quilts frequently with a feminist touch. She often used Sunbonnet Sue as a character both in quilts and some of her many books including “Sunbonnet Sue Goes to the Quilt Show” and “Sunbonnet Sue Gets It All Together at Home”. She had studied art and design in the graduate school at Stanford University in the late 1950’s. She was a prolific writer with works ranging from “Applique Stichery” published in 1966 to “The Photo Transfer Handbook” in 1999. The San Jose Museum published a retrospective on her work called “Jean Ray Laury: A Life by Design”. We’d like to thank Kathleen for posting this and…..

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Of course, Sunbonnet Sue skips in delight at a whirlwind of fabric pieces! This may be the most perfect example of a quilter’s joy ever! It is by Jean Ray Laury. Thanks, Kathleen, for sharing both photos with our quilting community at 24 Blocks! It’s helped us remember the life of a very fine modern artist.

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Sometimes we get an inspiration and follow through with it and a work of beauty emerges. We’d like to thank Tracy Wagner for posting some of her work. Her “Bahama Mama” quilt is a real beauty. Her vision, she writes, was an aerial view of the Freeport Straw Market with the enchanting Caribbean around it.

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Denise Kazanjian Landon posted this amazing beauty that has been very popular with our readers. She writes that the pattern comes from the book “Twist and Turn Bargello”. She made it for her son and daughter-in-law to commemorate their beach wedding. It does look like sand and waves. It is simply very beautiful. Thanks, Denise, for sharing it with us.

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Carol Hochhalter made this “Barnyard Dance” for her Grandson Aaron. It is so delightful! All the animals are dancing except for the sheep who are just looking around in a sense of “What’s going on here?” It is fun. Dancing rabbits, chicks, horses, pigs. Thanks Carol for making us all smile!

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