Spirogyra #2 © 2011 Caryl Bryer Fallert

Spirogyra #2
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  • Copyright 2011 Caryl Bryer Fallert
  • Size: 30" x 30" (76.2 cm. x 76.2 cm.)
  • Techniques: machine pieced, machine appliquéd, and quilted
  • Materials: Fabric: 100% cotton • Batting: 50% cotton / 50% bamboo • Thread: polyester
  • Owner: Private Collection, Mt.Vernon, IL

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Design Concept

For many years a small clipping from a magazine hung over my desk. It was a picture taken through a microscope of spirogyra, a single cell, filamentous algae, commonly known as pond scum. This the second quilt I have made, inspired by the patterns of dots and curving stripes found in that image.

This entire quilt is a study in intersecting color and value gradations. The four fabrics used are from my Gradations collection for Benartex.
The dots are quilted in a pebbly pattern with heavy (#30) top stitching thread from the Superior Brytes collection. I matched the color of the background fabric behind each dot, so the pebbles appear to float. The wavy background stripes were quilted in matching colors (three shades of each color) with fine (#60) thread from the Superior Bottom Line collection.

Full size drawing on freezer paper.

Piecing in progress on my design wall.

Here is one of the background stripes cut out and lying on the ironing board with it's dots.

Each side of the stripe is cut from a different color.
Here the two halves of the background stripe have been joined, and the dots are being aligned with the stripe using a light table to make sure the edges of the templates and all of the registration marks line up perfectly.

Photo used with permission from E.R. Degginger, photographer.
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Spirogyra #2 detail © 2011 Caryl Bryer Fallert
Spirogyra #2 detail © 2011 Caryl Bryer Fallert
Spirogyra #2 detail © 2011 Caryl Bryer Fallert
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  • Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry: 40 Years of Color, Light, & Motion, Mitchell Museum, Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, Mt. Vernon, IL, July 31-October 9, 2016


  • Machine Quilting Unlimited, May/June 2012, p. 46
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