In May, Carmichael appliqué artist Laurel Anderson visited AQG. She shared her presentation ” The History of Appliqué” with us and then we were treated to a trunk show of Anderson’s patterns. Anderson’s slideshow introduced us to some of the historical figures of sewing including Isaac Singer who invented one of the first sewing machines, whose personal life, it seems, was spread thin over several families. She also pointed out that before the sewing machine came about, it was as easy to appliqué as to piece, and showed us some quilts done in Baltimore style which were very intricate.
Her trunk show highlighted her progression from a more traditional, floral focused appliqué to modern patterns. Her use of color on her sample quilts is earthy and bright, suitable for a garden. Her modern patterns are sometimes abstract, as in the Lava Lamp pattern which flows in gradations of one color around vertical gradients in a ball shape, evoking the bubbles inside a lava lamp perfectly. Another of her modern patterns is a triangle of cherries against crisp white background, whose shape and vital color draw the eye.
See below for a quick show of Anderson’s work.