Afghan Extravaganza by Jennifer A. Simcik, Sharon Lothrop, Tammy Cromer-Campbell,

By Jennifer A. Simcik, Sharon Lothrop, Tammy Cromer-Campbell, Mary Craft

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Also depicted are leaves of Indiana’s state tree, the tulip tree, and postcard views of a Wabash river town and a riverside landscape. The border’s inner contours derive from Wabash River maps. Rather than using stitches to emphasize portions of the piece, Katz applied them randomly to create texture. Though Katz has sewn since childhood, it wasn’t until she’d finished her undergraduate and graduate studies in painting and printmaking that she returned to working with cloth. “I thought it would be difficult to sell paintings and drawings so I tried hand-painted pillows, which I sold through museum and gift shops,” she says.

Once a top is finished, she layers it with flannel batting and cotton backing, then quilts with straight lines or simple, organic curves. The Midwest’s landscapes and seasonal changes enliven Brown’s work, particularly her color choices. Winter Water is a memory of ice and snow, created in Florida where she formerly spent half the year. She recently returned to Indiana fulltime. “I love the deep ravines, hills, and ridges where we live,” she says. Brown and her husband, a fine-arts photographer, for years traveled to art fairs to sell their work.

When binding the quilt, Gering intentionally made a corner white, opening the quilt to the outside world. “Though I moved from Kansas City to Chicago, change always happens,” says Gering. ” Indeed, Gering moved back to Kansas City in 2014. Bang, You’re Dead has stirred controversy wherever it’s shown. “I’ve heard ‘that shouldn’t be on a quilt; quilts are for comfort,’ ” says Gering. Yet it’s this very juxtaposition that strengthens Gering’s response to gun violence. The light blue binding is a nod to the colors in Chicago’s flag.

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