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Waddle
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Copyright © 2022 Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry
Size: 41.5" wide x 21.5" high
Techniques: photography, digital design, digital painting, digital printing, machine quilting
Materials: Fabric: 100% cotton / Batting: cellulose / Thread: acrylic & polyester
Price: $3800.00

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If you would like to purchase or exhibit this quilt, please contact Caryl privately.
Email • Phone: 360-385-2568 • Snail Mail: Bryerpatch Studio •10 Baycliff Place. • Port Townsend, WA 98368
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Design Concept

Penguin Slide Show
On December 28, 2015, (mid-summer in the southern hemisphere) we were on a cruise ship which docked in the Falkland Islands. We were lucky enough to book a spot with a caravan of six, four-wheel-drive vehicles headed across the trackless peat bogs to Volunteer Point, a conservation site on the far side of the island.  There, we found thousands of penguins raising their chicks. There were three kinds of penguins, gentoo’s, Magellenic, and kings. The kings were the largest (about 30” tall) and are the second largest on the planet, second only to the emperors. The king parents were all crowded together in a big circle with their young chicks, which look like balls of taupe colored fur. The chicks can’t go in the water to eat until all the fur has been shed, so the parents feed them within the circle. As the babies begin to mature, they shed their baby fur and start to form little gangs, called “waddles”. They march around outside the protected circle, and when they are finally free of fur, they march down to the beach to try out their swimming and fishing skills. Naturally, we took dozens of pictures. Fortunately, the camera does not capture the smell.

For the Waddle design, I combined individuals and groups from several different photos of the young penguins marching across the beach. I added details with digital painting and faded the background to white at the top. I designed a black and white checked border, which was printed separately. I knew the center would shrink and pucker as it was heavily quilted, so I added the border after the center was finished, to make sure it finished perfectly square. I used more than a dozen different shades of black, white, and grey threads in the quilting. The backing fabric is from my gradations collection for Benartex.

Exhibitions:

  • None as of 03/26/2022

Publications

  • None as of 03/26/2022
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Updated 03/26/2022