Series: creatures of fable tell their stories
I find I don't often "click" with the standard morality of fables, nursery rhymes and fairy tales, so these quilts offer a slightly different perspective
on some old "chestnuts". I discovered, in making them, that this is often the perspective of the non-hero - nothing like telling the story from the
opposite side.
Winners' Circle
30" diameter

We know the tortoise's tale - he persevered and won the race, and good for
him, but what about the hare? Dancing and lounging in the sun, did he
really lose anything at all? This quilt is an optimistic reflection on the
nature of success
.
Weathering the storm
21x21
The background of this piece is a traditional pattern
called "storm at sea" which provides and interesting
subtext to the romantic adventures of Edward Lear's
Owl and Pussycat.
Is there trouble brewing for this unlikely couple?
Will they weather the storm? Or will their
relationship, and pea-green boat founder in the
waves
?
Heron and Frogs
(anticipation)
35x30

This lesser known fable tells the story of dissatisfied frogs in search of
excitement in the form of having a king. Ultimately, they get the heron, and
their lives get very exciting indeed!

This work focuses on the perspective of the heron, here observing the
council of the frogs in anticipation of an outcome favorable to him. This
shift in perspective by-passes the traditional moral of "be careful what you
ask for". The heron, after all, gets exactly what he wants, and is not the
least dissatisfied.
The Nature of Abundance
20x24

I've always felt that the true wisdom of the crow lay not in
the pebbles, but the vision of abundance in a nearly empty
pitcher.
The background for this piece is the traditional "flying geese"
pattern. Alas, I had no luck finding a pattern named after crows.
I'm fond of that sort of subtle reference in my quilts. Anyone know
of one?