Quiltart Quinceanero: Sarah Smith
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Sarah Ann Smith
Camden, Maine, USA
GROW, GROW
15" x 15"

Techniques/Methods

Artist-carved lino-stamp (sun) and printing ink, artist-dyed cotton, batiks, MistyFuse, Superior Threads.

Lino-stamping, commercial stamps (letters), fusible applique, intense free-motion quilting.

Statement

More than anything, QuiltArt has been a source of friendship, camaraderie, sharing and learning.  I love the saying from the Talmud "Every blade of grass has its Angel that bends over it and whispers, Grow, Grow."  I feel like the folks on the QuiltArt list have done that for me and so many others:  we encourage each other to grow, to experiment, to play, to share.  How much I have learned and how far I have come since I joined the list in 2002 just astounds me, and it is thanks to the people who are the heart and soul of QuiltArt.

The quilt depicts fifteen suns:  the Earth completes a full circling of the sun each of the fifteen years.  The sixteenth spot in the border reads QA @ 15.  In the center, birds/angels whisper "Grow, Grow" to the grass.