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New Dawn
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  • Copyright 2000 Caryl Bryer Fallert
  • Size:  63" x 78"
  • Techniques: Hand dyed, hand painted, machine pieced, appliqued, and quilted
  • Materials: 100% cotton fabric and various synthetics • batting: 80% cotton / 20% polyester
  • Owner: Private collection, Yorktown, TX

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Design Concept

This is one of a series of quilts about birds as symbols of freedom and the joy if life. It was made in the year 2000 to celebrate the dawning of the new millennium.

To me the phoenix is a beautiful symbol of the ability of beauty to rise out of and above decay and destruction. The transition to a new millennium gave us a reason to think about what was good about the old millennium, and what we would like to change. It gives us a chance to focus our visions and make new and positive choices for ourselves and for our world.

Since the phoenix is a mythical bird, there are no photographs of it. The phoenix in my quilt is made up from my imagination. I spent several days drawing wing feathers and heads of real birds to get the feeling of how feathers work together, and how they relate to the rest of a bird. My phoenix is a composite of many different elements from many different birds. Since the wings form a circle (symbol of wholeness) the feathers had to be designed to fit the contour of this geometric shape. A spiral (symbol of new growth and reemergence) of "flying geese" emerge from the mouth of the poenix. They are made from a gradation of rainbow colors , symbolizing light, and the energy of life.

The phoenix itself is made from a variety of iridescent and metallic fabrics. The eye is made of laser foil, and changes color as the viewer moves from side to side. The long tail of the phoenix is intertwined with the flames, which have consumed the old phoenix, and from which the new phoenix is rising. As the phoenix rises from the flames, it is about to fly through a portal of black white and grey, toward clear skys and unlimited possibilities beyond. In the corners of the portal are a golden sun and a fire colored sun. These represent energy that can be either nurturing or destructive. Our choice.

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  • Millenium Quilt Contest, Quilt Festival, November 2-5, 2000, Houston, TX and traveling spexhibits@quilts.com
  • Burlington Arts Center, Burlington, Ontario, Canada, Caryl Bryer Fallert: A Sense of Wonder, Solo Exhibition, Feb.-Mar. 2001
  • Thirty Distinguished Quiltmakers in the World, (invitational) Tokyo, Japan, January 2002
  • Quilting the Quilt, Duluth, MN,(juried) 2002, Best Domestic Machine Quilting
  • Little White School Museum, Solo Exhibition, Oswego, IL 2003
  • "Evolving Styles - 20 Years of Color & Design" Solo Exhibition: LaConner Quilt Museum, LaConner WA, March 16 - May 15, 2005
  • Caryl Bryer Fallert: Silver Star Salute: Retrospective Exhibition, International Quilt Market & International Quilt Festival, October 27-November 5, 2006, Houston, TX
  • Quilts by Caryl Bryer Fallert, (solo exhibition) Gallery I: Opal Frey Gallery, Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, July 17–August 11, 2007
  • Full-Spectrum: Natural Fibers, Quilts & Textile Arts, Binghamton University Art Museum, Binghamton NY, Sept 10-December 18, 2009
  • Bryerpatch Studio Gallery, Paducah, KY, 2006-2014
  • Color in Motion, Retrospective Solo Exhibition, Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts, Cedarburg, WI, January 14- April 12, 2015
  • Caryl Bryer Fallert: A Retrospective, New England Quilt Museum, Lowell, MA, August 20 - October 31, 2015
  • Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry: 40 Years of Color, Light, & Motion, University Museum, University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS, January 26 - April 16, 2016
  • Fantasies in Fiber & Beads: (two person show) Northwind Arts Center, Port Townsend, WA, May 5-29, 2016
  • Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry: 40 Years of Color, Light, & Motion
  • Layered & Stitched: 50 Years of Innovative Art,  SAQA invitational, traveling exhibition, August 2019 through December 2022


  • Quilts Japan: 2001: January, p. 31
  • Quilters Newsletter Magazine, 2001, April, p. 35
  • Fairfield Processing Ad. Fall 2002, numerous sewing and quilting magazines.
  • Windhover: A Journal of Christian Literature, Baylor University Press, 2007, Cover & page 181
  • The Quintessential Quilt: Commemorative Catalogue of the 2006 International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX., p.24
  • Quilting Arts Magazine, June/July 2019, Issue 99, p. 25
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