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Rhapsody in Red

by Julie Baird

Rhapsody in Red by Trudy Sondrol Wasson<br /><br />Click on each thumbnail below for a larger image<br /><br />

Rhapsody in Red by Trudy Sondrol Wasson

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Rhapsody in Red is a wholecloth quilt my mother, Trudy Sondrol Wasson, created for the AQS show in Paducah several years back.

Mom was a big advocate of practicing your machine quilting and it showed in her work. This was her 'practice' piece for that show.

She designed the feather quilting by hand, no feather templates, no computer programs.

Trudy Sondrol Wasson

Trudy Sondrol Wasson
I'd watch her sit down at the dining room table with a pencil, plenty of erasers, a circle template, ruler and a a big sheet of paper.

And then she'd just draw.

She drew her design inspiration from the Norwegian Rosemaling (a decorative form of oil painting with stylized flowers and motifs) that she'd done for over thirty five years. An accomplished rosemaler, she'd won the prestigious Gold Medal given by Vesterheim, the Norwegian-American Museum, written two books on the subject and published many, many designs. People familiar with this type of painting, see its influence in her feathered quilting designs.

This 21" square practice piece was stitched on a Viking SE (home sewing machine) on hand dyed cotton sateen (by moi!) with Hobbs Heirloom Wool. YLI's 100 weight silk thread is in both the needle and bobbin. The background fill stitches are in red; the feathered design itself is in gold.

The final version of Rhapsody in Red is stitched on red silk dupioni. It is now part of the collection of The National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky.

But this little beauty is mine...ALL MINE!

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Jun 30, 2013
by: Anonymous

Stunningly beautiful

Dec 13, 2012
by: beed

wow .... just totally WOW ! SITTING HERE TOTALLY IN AWE ..... i wanna do that ....

Oct 23, 2012
probably not
by: Anonymous

I'm pretty sure I'll never reach this stage in my machine quilting, but this is remarkable work. Congratulations on your talent and finished product.

Aug 03, 2012
Absolutely beautiful!
by: Betty Smith

What a testament to one womans' patience to be able to design and craft such a beautiful piece!!! Also, what an awesome learning experience it must have been to sit and watch your Mom quilt. Thanks for sharing your quilt!

Apr 17, 2012
Work of Art
by: Elaine DeFoor

Your mother's work is more than quilting ~ it truly is a work of art. Beautiful!!

Apr 17, 2012
by: Julie

Congratulations to your multi-talented Mother! A Vesterhiem Gold Medal winner and a quilt hanging in the museum, what an accomplishment!

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