Swamp Fox Quilter stitches “Night Bloom”
A beautiful quilt prepared by Elaine Tanner is now on display at the Hartsville Museum. Following the theme of “Black and White Plus One,” Elaine’s piece is entered in the annual challenge hosted by the Swamp Fox Quilters Guild. This year’s competition had a total of 30 quilts submitted. Photographs alone cannot begin to capture the exquisite stitches and detailed quilting on the piece known as “Night Bloom.”
Elaine’s quilt utilizes the black and white required colors and then adds red as her color of choice. It was designed by using dinner plates traced onto brown paper. After the pattern was made, the “petal” shapes were cut out and appliqued using the trapunto method. Trapunto is an Italian word meaning “to quilt” and is often called the stuffed technique because an underside layer is slit and padded to produce a raised surface on the front side. Dense free motion quilting was done over the entire quilt background and border to make the center more pronounced.
The piece measures 48 ½ inches by 48 ½ inches; it was machined-appliqued and was quilted on a domestic machine. Tanner said that the biggest challenges of this original design were having to change sewing machines in the middle of the quilting due to a technical problem, and trying to quilt with black thread on black fabric. Her finished work was awarded the blue ribbon as first place winner of “Best Machine Quilting.”
The “Black and White Plus One” exhibit from the Swamp Fox Quilters Guild will be on location at the Hartsville Museum through Aug. 29. The museum is open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free, and the museum is handicapped accessible. For more information, visit www.hartsvillemuseum.org.