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Biography of Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry


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Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry made her very first quilt in 1976, never imagining that it would lead to a life-long career in the textile arts.

Today, she is internationally recognized for her award-winning fine art quilts, best known for their organic, curved seam designs, scintillating use of color, and illusions of light, depth, and motion. Her attention to detail has earned her a reputation for fine craftsmanship as well as stunning designs.

Since 1983, Caryl's work has been exhibited extensively throughout North America, Europe, Japan, Brazil, and the Pacific Rim. She has had twenty-three solo exhibitions, including shows in Canada and Japan. Caryl has won Best of Show at the International Quilt Festival (2009), the American Quilters Society Show (1989, 1995, 2000), and more than a dozen other national and international competitions.

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In 1986, Caryl received the Masterpiece Quilt Award from the National Quilting Association. She has received Master Awards for both Contemporary Artistry (2002 & 2006) and Machine Artistry (1997) from the International Quilt Association, and machine workmanship awards from both the American Quilters Society (2004 & 2009) and the Quilting the Quilt national exhibition (2003).
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Special honors include: 100 Most Important Quilts of the Twentieth Century (2000), 30 Most Influential Quiltmakers in the World (2002), Bernina Leadership Award (2003), All American Quilter (2004) and International Quilt Festival Silver Star (lifetime achievement) Award (2006). Caryl's work can be found in public, museum, corporate, and private collections throughout the United States and in seven foreign countries.

Caryl has authored two books, plus numerous articles, instructional brochures, and digital workshops. Her work has appeared in hundreds of national and international publications, including the covers of the 1987 and 1991 Quilt National Catalogs.

For thirty years, Caryl traveled extensively, lecturing and conducting workshops throughout the United State, and in eleven foreign countries on five continents. She continues to share her knowledge through her website where many of her publications are available as free downloads.

Born in 1947 in Elgin, Illinois, Caryl graduated with a BA from Wheaton College in 1969. She also studied art at Illinois State University, College of DuPage, and University of Wisconsin. Caryl was a lifelong resident of Northern Illinois until 2005, when she relocated to the historic LowerTown Arts District of Paducah, KY where she built a studio, gallery, and workshops center which was open from 2006-2014.

In 2013, Caryl married Dr. Ron Gentry and in 2014, she sold her Paducah studio, retired from teaching and retail, and relocated to Port Townsend where she continues to create new work in her latest studio overlooking Puget Sound and the snow-capped Cascades.

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This Website also contains information about where to see Caryl's work in person.  Many of Caryl's patterns, instructions, and digital tutorials are available free on our Articles page.

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Updated 11/9/22