Reflection #34

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  • Copyright © 1993 Caryl Bryer Fallert
  • Size: 68" x 49"
  • Techniques: Hand dyed, dye painted, pleated, machine pieced and quilted
  • Materials: fabric: 100% cotton  / batting: wool
  • Owner: In 2000 this quilt was stolen from a gallery in Evanston, Illinois. If you see it, please let us know.
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Design Concept

This is one of a series of quilts in which three dimensional, constructed tucks are incorporated into a patterned background.  Two different background fabrics were used.  The first (fabric A) was painted with fiber reactive dyes in a single large sunburst type pattern, beginning with cobalt blue in the center and graduating through purple, fuchsia, and orange, to yellow.  The second (fabric B) was painted with two sunburst forms, both beginning with yellow in the center and graduating to purple.  The upper right sunburst graduates through all of the colors on the cool side of the color wheel (green, turquoise, blue)  and the lower right sunburst  graduates through all of the colors on the warm side of the color wheel ( orange, red, fuchsia).  Both fabrics were cut into 1½" wide strips and sewn back together in alternating strips (A-B-A-B) with a tuck in each seam allowance.

To see if this would work before cutting up my hand-painted fabric, I created a graphic version of the design on the computer.
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Side Veiws
First I made simple graphics that more or less replicated the colors and shapes in the fabric. I cut the images into strips and combined them (A-B-A-B) as I planned to do with the fabric.
I designed a series of tuck shapes and a radiating border and placed them over the combined graphic. Once I could see that the idea was going to fly, I was able to slide up my fabric with confidence.

Design Concept

Each of the 1/2"  "tucks” was constructed from two different fabrics.  The right sides of the tucks were made from fabrics dyed in a very intense, forty-six hue gradation of rainbow colors.  The left sides of the tucks were made from black polished cotton.  The use of light to dark and color to color gradations, and the twisting of the tucks from side to side, create the illusion of movement and light across the surface of the quilt. Because different colors are used on the right and left sides of the three dimensional tucks, the appearance of the quilt can be changed significantly by changing your point of view.  I like to call the quilts in this series "viewer participation art."

A radiating, string pieced border surrounds the three dimensional center panel. The border strips alternate between very narrow strips of black polished cotton and wider strips of the rainbow colors used in the tucks.  The outer binding is black polished cotton.


  • LINDSEY GALLERY,  1995,  Oak Park, IL
  • SPECTRUM:  THE TEXTILE ART OF CARYL BRYER FALLERT, 1996-1997, traveling, solo exhibition: 
    • The Museum of the American Quilter's Society, Paducah, KY;  
    • Illinois Art Gallery, State of Illinois Bldg., Chicago, IL; 
    • Illinois State Museum, Springfield, IL
  • CONTEMPORARY QUILTS, (invitational) 1997 Everson Arts Center, Syracuse, NY
  • AUSTRALIAN QUILT FESTIVAL, (invitational)  1997, Melbourn, Australia
  • A QUILTERS GATHERING, Eastcoast Quilters Alliance Show, 1997 (faculty invitational) Westford, MA
  • Solo Exhibition, Kendall College School of Culinary Arts, Evanston, IL, 2000


  • CARYL BRYER FALLERT: A SPECTRUM OF QUILTS, 1983-1995 — 1996: AQS Books, pp. 76-77
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