Quilts by Fran Cowen Adler
Fabrics by Michael D. Schrock

Africa

Inspiration for making wall quilts arises out of my love of color, form, and the tactile nature of fabric. The challenge of combining various colors and textures to create balance, harmony, and visual interest is exhilarating to me, so much so that once I am immersed in the creative process it is hard for me to stop. I delight in seeing an original textile emerge from small pieces of cloth. Even the physical motion of moving from cutting table to sewing machine to ironing board to design wall and back again to cutting table is as soothing as a dance. In recent years I have had the distinct pleasure of making quilts from fabrics that are hand-colored by my partner, Michael Schrock. While I have always enjoyed using beautiful commercial cottons, now when I use Mike’s fabrics to create my quilts I experience the joy of painting with fabric.

The art quilts that Mike and I produce are made from 100% cotton, linen, or cotton/linen blend fabrics. Mike uses fabric dyes, fabric paint, acrylic paint, oil pastels, oil paint, colored pencils, fabric crayons, and markers to color his unique fabrics. Some of the patterns he creates are achieved by carving blocks and then printing the designs directly onto the fabric. The finished fabric is sometimes made into a whole cloth quilt, or quilt painting. Other times, I cut Mike’s fabrics to create a one-of-a-kind composition. I machine-piece, then hand-quilt or machine-quilt each piece, and use 100% cotton batting for the middle layer. To avoid fading, it is best to hang them where they will not be directly exposed to sunlight.

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