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Margaret Fabrizio: From Harpsichord to Kawandi Quilts

Silver Eruption by Margaret Fabrizio

I have a fondness in my heart for creativity that bursts out in more than one way.  Margaret Fabrizio came to my attention by her quilts, but she is also a well known harpsichord player who played with the Grateful Dead, and had one of her collages on one of their album covers.  I also dig curiosity, and she followed her curiosity when she first saw a kawandi quilt exhibition, Soulful Stitching, at the  Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco.  Kawandi are created by the African Siddi women of Karnataka, India, and Margaret Fabrizio traveled to India in 2012 in order to learn more, and  has a series of Kawandi videos on YouTube from her visit and the process of learning.

Art quilt by Margaret Fabrizio

The Siddi’s are descendants of enslaved Africans brought by the Portuguese to Goa on the West Coast of India between the 16th-19th Century, and who eventually escaped to their own diaspora communities in the mountains of Northern Karnataka. Siddi women collect worn out clothing and when they have enough for a quilt, buy a cotton sari and use it as the backing for the patchwork that they sew with a continuous running stitch. The corners are finished with Phulas, meaning flowers, a multi-layered triangle.  It reminds me of those old fashioned photo corners for affixing snapshots to albums, and also half of a Log Cabin quilt block.


quilt by the Siddi Women's Coop, India
Quilt by the Siddi Women’s Coop, India At the Museum of Arts and Design in NY from the Global Africa show. Via craftivore on Flickr.



Found at An Event with Margaret Fabrizio: An Adventurous Life at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles.

Kawandi Adventures: Quilts by Margaret Fabrizio

Siddi Patchwork Quilts, Hand/Eye



Margaret Monday

W is for Kathy K. Wylie and Her Hexagon Color Wheel Quilt: A to Z Challenge 2014

atoz [2014] - BANNER - 910

Trinity Color Wheel Quilt by Kathy K. Wylie
Trinity Color Wheel Quilt by Kathy K. Wylie

This is color play at its most exquisite.  Kathy K. Wylie created this quilt for a competition with the theme of color.  She wanted to create a color wheel using hexagons, but finding enough fabric to do all the gradations of hue was a challenge.  I love her solution of printing the hexagons onto fabric sheets, using the power of the computer to mix colors.  Wylie started with cyan, magenta, and yellow, the classic three colors of digital printing, and named the quilt Trinity in their honor.

Making the Quilt Trinity


Let There Be Light by Linda Dixon.

Let There Be Light: Quilt by Linda Dixon Inspired by a Mosaic

Let There Be Light by Linda Dixon.
Let There Be Light by Linda Dixon, at the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza XX. Photo by Wayne Stratz.


When Stratoz and I went to the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza XX, this quilt was one of the first to catch my eye.  When I looked up Linda Dixon, I discovered a post on her blog where she describes being inspired by a mosaic dome at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC.


Mosaic Dome at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, DC
Mosaic Dome at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, DC. From IntangibleArts on Flickr.


I have often been energized by quilt designs in my mosaics, so it was very cool to discover a quilter inspired by a mosaic.