Skagit Valley Scarlet, Copyright  1999, Caryl Bryer Fallert

Skagit Valley Scarlet
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  • Copyright 1999 Caryl Bryer Fallert
  • Size:  69" high" X 52" wide
  • Techniques: Hand dyed and painted, machine appliqued, and quilted
  • Materials: 100% cotton fabric • batting: 80% cotton / 20% polyester
  • Private Collection: Bothell WA
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Design Concept

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In April of 1998, we visited a tulip bulb farm in the Skagit Valley of Washington state. It was the ultimate color lover's feast. As we drove along the road we could see eighty acres of brilliant yellow, followed by eighty acres of purple, followed by eighty acres of red, followed by eighty acres of white. The landscape was magnificent, and I have included a 30" by 40" photograph of the tulip field on the back of this quilt. My inspiration though, came from the inside of one single tulip, which I photographed with a macro lens. This is my abstract interpretation of one that single blossom

Process and technical details:
I began by making a simple line drawing of the flower. I scanned this drawing into my computer and experimented with various arrangements of color and value.

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Detail of Skagit Valley Scarlet, Copyright  1999, Caryl Bryer Fallert
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When I felt I was ready to begin the quilt, I printed out the color study I liked the best, to use as a general guide. The line drawing was enlarged, using an overhead projector. The large paper drawing was cut up into individual pieces, which were used as templates for cutting the fabric. My intention was to capture the beauty and energy of the blossom without making a photorealistic reproduction.

The quilt is appliqued with a series of reds, purples, yellows and greens, painted and dyed with fiber reactive dye. The quilting pattern is similar to the patterns found in the veins running through flower petals and leaves. Small circles of quilting stitches emphasize each grain of pollen on the stamens.

For the back of the quilt, I scanned and enlarged my photograph of the tulip field, and stretched it vertically on the computer. It was printed out in three 11" x 40" panels of fabric, which had been treated with Bubble Jet Set (a product that makes ink-jet printer ink permanent on fabric). The panels were sewn together to form one 30" x 40" picture. The picture is surrounded by a wide border of multicolored hand painted fabric.


  • Caryl Bryer Fallert: A Sense of Wonder, solo exhibition at the Burlington Arts Center, Burlington, ON, Canada, Feb. 28- Mar.30. 2001 info@BurlingtonArtCentre.on.ca   To see the whole show, click here
  • OKeefe Theme Exhibit, June 23 - July 20. 2000, Thirteen Moons Gallery, 652 Canyon Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501, phone: 505-995-8513, fax: 505-995-8507, info@thirteenmoonsgallery.com, http://www.thirteenmoonsgallery.com/main.html
  • Fiber Art 2001, (juried) Gallery 510, Decatur, IL.
  • Paintings in Cloth and Thread, Davison Art Gallery, Roberts Wesleyan College, 2301 Westside Drive, Rochester, NY 14624, Sponsored by:  Quilted Treasures, Contact Joan Parker, PO Box 563, Pittsford , NY 14534 / 716-381-8192 / quiltedtreasures@attglobal.net , Invitational Show, 2001


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