Feather Study #18
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  • Copyright 2000 Caryl Bryer Fallert
  • Size: 48" x 48"
  • Techniques: Hand dyed and painted, ink jet printed, machine pieced, and quilted
  • Materials: fabric: 100% cotton  / batting: 80% cotton / 20% polyester
  • Collection of Ted McMinn, St.Louis, MO

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Design Concept

This quilt is one of a series of quilts based upon original drawings of fantasy feathers. From my hundreds of thumbnail sketches, I chose this small pencil sketch. I printed the sketch on acetate and projected it onto freezer paper to make a full size pattern.

In this piece I have combined many solid fabrics, dyed in color gradations with fabrics printed on an ink jet printer. The yellow fabrics in the large double sided curved shapes are actually direct scans of dandelions, enlarged to 12" to 24" across.

Dandelions were laid face down directly on my flat bed scanner (Epson Perfection 1240U) They were scanned at a very high resolution, resulting in files 40-45 megabytes in size. The templates from the full size drawing of the quilt design were scanned and outlined in Corel Draw to create closed shapes. The bit maps of various dandelions were then fit into the outline of the templates using the power clip curve (to see explanation and instructions for power clip click here). The shapes were printed onto cotton broadcloth which had been soaked in Bubble Jet Set to make it permanent. The printer used was an Epson Stylus Photo 1200.

The quilt was machine quilted with many different colors of acrylic top stitching thread. The back of the quilt is a large diagonal log cabin block made from dark blue and yellow print fabrics.

Here are four of the real dandelions I scanned to create the fabric in this quilt.
Below is one of the scans with the outline of the template placed on top. The image is them "clipped" inside the outline. In Corel Draw, the clipping function is found under Effects/PowerClip.

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In 2005, when I built my studio/shop/gallery/ home in Paducah Kentucky, I took the design for this quilt to Wanda Sanders, a local stained glass aritst, and had this window created for my master bath. (below)
I scanned the actual template from my big drawing and made it exactly the same size on my computer screen. I drew an outline around it with a seam allowance added, and you can see the dandelion inside the outline above. I didn't want to waste ink by printing the whole dandelion. The template was then printed on cotton fabric that had been soaked in Bubble Jet Set.

Exhibitions and Awards:

  • Quilt America, 2001, Indianapolis, IN
  • International Quilt Association Show, (juried) Quilt Festival, Houston, TX 2001 (honorable mention)
  • Thirteen Moons Gallery, Santa Fe, NM 2001


  • Arte Patchwork, (Spain) December 2009, p. 9
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