Oregon Iris
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  • Copyright 1987 Caryl Bryer Fallert
  • Size: 45" high x 54" wide (114 cm x 137 cm)
  • Techniques: Hand dyed, hand painted, machine pieced, embroidered, quilted.
  • Materials: fabric: fabric: silk noil, silk twill, china silk, cotton print and solid / batting: 100% cotton
  • Owner: Private collection, Tualatin, Oregon

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Design Concept

This quilt was commissioned for the home of Tim and Jeanne Freeman of Tualatin, Oregon. Jeanne grew hundreds of hybrid irises, which completely surrounded her home in the Spring. The background of the quilt is a landscape similar to the one that can be seen from their home with Mount Hood in the distance. The landscape was hand painted on two different textures of silk with Jacquard silk dyes. In the foreground are three dimensional silk irises and their leaves, which are also made from several textures of hand painted silk. The borders are made from 100% cotton fabrics. Flowers and leaves from the center of the quilt spill out into the borders. A butterfly from one of the border fabrics flies into the center of the quilt toward the three dimensional irises. The back of the quilt has a traditional block called “Dove in the Corner”. My use of a traditional block on the back of this contemporary art quilt is my tribute to the anonymous quilt artists of the past.

The iris petals were hand painted on silk.

Original pencil sketch

Three dimensional petals before they were attached to the painted background

Hand painted background
Practice flower made of cotton to see if the whole idea was going to work.
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Back of quilt

Detail of back
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