Dineh Madonna 50 x 52 ©
Dineh (Navajo) Madonna
I have completed a large Native American work just this past February. Dineh Madonna will make it's debut at Quilt Week, April 26 - 29, 2017 in Paducah, Kentucky. It has been accepted into the annual spring Quilt Week Contest to compete and exhibit with beautiful quilts from around the world.
The image represents a Navajo mother and child tending to their sheep. The Navajo were originally a nomadic tribe that, over time began to settle down geographically to farm in the "four corners" area of the Southwest. Through raids on Spanish neighbors they acquired horses and sheep. The sheep were presented to the Navajo women to raise and care for. Already possessing the skill of weaving cloth from cotton they began to weave the wonderful wool blankets and rugs they are so famous for. Even the Plains tribes traded for these wonderful blankets. I am fortunate to possess a nice collection of small Navajo "samplers", some from the 19th Century. Dineh Madonna will, hopefully, appear in shows over the next two years. I think viewers will be pleasantly surprised at how the sheep is portrayed in fabric.
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"That Secret" won Best Pictorial at the 2015 Pacific International Quilt Festival.
"Plainly Not Simple" won 1st Place, Innovative at the 2015 World Quilt Competition. Both quilts can be viewed by going to "Gallery Two - Figurative" under the "Quilts" tab above.
Two new classes have been added to my offerings. Classes are technique workshops that will encourage students to learn how to incorporate originality into their quilts. I will work with a guild to personalize classes that are complimentary to their members skills.
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