by Rick Danner
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This quilt is for a quilt raffle to benefit a Roman Catholic religious Order--the Dominican Order of Preachers.
Since their geographic province is the Southern United States and the province is named for St Martin de Porres, I decided to render St Martin de Porres in a folkloric style.
His iconography includes his trademark broom, crucifix, and rosary beads.
St Martin is the Dominican equivalent to St Francis of Assisi and that is represented by a dog and a mouse. The dog is also a symbol of the Dominican Order and the mouse represents a famous story about St Martin and mice.
Surrounding St Martin are Dominican stars in black and white with a two color background--blue and green--to represent St Martin's bi-racial ancestry. I had to hand embroider a lot of the details because I only have a mechanical sewing machine at the moment.
This quilt was a first for me--it was the first time I ever quilted anything this large on a home sewing machine and the first time I free-motion quilted anything.
It gave me the confidence to keep moving to improve my skill set with using a machine.