These quilts were made for specific clients who wanted a quilt for a particular need or space. Some of Barbara's commissioned works hang in public spaces such as clinics or schools; some are in private residences. These examples provide a sense of how quilts can be used in a variety of environments. If you are interested in a commission, please email Barbara for more information. Click or tap on quilt images to enlarge.
YASUKO'S MIDNIGHT GARDEN
Bed quilt, 86” x 88”. Made of silks, brocades, and cottons; machine quilted at New Pieces by Kathy Ritter.
This quilt was commissioned by a curator at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, so I felt challenged to create a truly fine art quilt for her and her husband. She provided me with two bags full f Japenese fabrics, many of them gorgeous shibori silks and kimono materials. These I supplemented with hand-loomed Cambodian silks, fabrics from Thailand, and some Japanese cotton. I used the abundance of scraps to piece together a series of odd-shaped, curvy-sized trapezoids that I then grouped over the surface of the bed. When I'd achieved a satisfying arrangement, I figured out how to piece them into the dark background material so that they could create a single regular shape while preserving their individual irregular outlines. Kathy's fan-shaped quilting further complements the Asian feel of the piece.
Bed quilt, 80” x 94”. Made of commercial and West African cottons; machine quilted at New Pieces.
This quilt was commissioned by a couple who'd made a trip to Ghana and brought back a wide range of fabric, including hand loomed kente cloth, printed kente, and fine African wax cloth. I was at first intimidated by the bounty of it all, but soon found a photo of a wonderful quilt by Pam Rocco, a quilter from Santa Cruz, which combined intense color with light-colored striped fabric in an appealing African quilt. I modified her idea slightly and transformed the pile of intimidating materials into this bed covering.
ELY'S BABY QUILT
Child's quilt, 45” x 56”. Made of hand dyed and commercial cottons; machine quilted at New Pieces.
This is a block that I learned from Cara Gulati called "Wheels of Whimsy." I constructed it using a fairly traditional, radially symmetric layout. I asked the child's grandfather to take some existing photos of his grandchild and copy the images onto the fabric specially prepared for use in an inkjet printer. If you look closely, you can see her in the upper left and lower right of the quilt.
Wall hanging 60” x 60”. Made of commercial, hand dyed, and over-dyed cottons; machine quilted at New Pieces.
This quilt was commissioned by a woman who had recently moved from the northern California coast to Seattle. While her new home has a beautiful view of Lake Union, she misses the ocean and wanted a quilt to remind her of the Mendocino coastline. I generally avoid representational imagery and found the work slow going at first. But after several false starts, I was able to evoke the ocean with figurative and abstract elements. Both artist and client are happy!
Wall hanging 36” x 84”. Made of hand dyed cottons from Senegal and Gambia, assorted other hand dyed and commercial cottons; machine quilted by Angie Woodman.
I made this piece for an unusually narrow wall in a house whose owner wanted something dramatic for a space facing into a large living area. My client wanted images suggestive of nature rather than a purely abstract work, so I "branched out" from my usual purely geometric shapes into forms similar to the lush plant life that surrounds her hillside home.
Two quilted panels, each one 30” x 62” with tabs at top to allow them to slide along upper rods. Made of commercial cottons; machine quilted by Sue Fox of Textile Dream Studio.
The design was composed using the "cutting double" technique taught by Sandi Cummings. This piece solved the question of how to curtain off a closet area without taking up door space.