If you are in the Kansas City area and like quilts, youâ€™re in for a treat in March. Members of the Fractured Fabric Society will exhibit their work at Harperâ€™s Fabric and Quilt Co., 7918 Santa Fe Drive, in Overland Park, Kansas.
â€œWho are these people?â€ you ask. They are a group of nontraditional quilters who meet to share projects, resources and ideas. Yes, you may call them art quilters, if it is important to hang a label on them.
The group was formed about eight years ago, and Rosemary Cromer, a talented fabric artist in her own right, serves as coordinator. Show-and-tell is a vital part of each meeting, and one can often count on learning a new technique.
One of the quilts you will be able to see is Cromerâ€™s Half-Husband Quilt. The name alone ought to send you running to the show, but Rosemary has a perfectly logical explanation for her piece of work.
Sheâ€™s been married to her husband, Joe, for more than 40 years and finally came up with a solution for couples who run into the issue of one person freezing to death and the other radiating heat like a furnace.
Her solution? A quilt that measures 36â€ x 65â€ and is just used on the side of the bed where the chilliest person sleeps. She combined bright batik fabrics with fabric from menâ€™s shirts she had rescued from thrift stores.
â€œI wanted the funky lines of the shirts to be going in all directions â€¦ looking like I didnâ€™t have enough of any of the fabrics,â€ Rosemary said.
As a creative touch, Rosemary added words to the quilt using the discharge dye method. She used a bleach pen and a stop-bath of water that had de-chlor drops added. The de-chlor drops come from the pet store, where fish tank supplies are sold.
Kris Barlow machine quilted the piece and added in a surprise for Rosemary by quilting the word DESIRE under the cuff flap. She tucked it in where no one would see it so Rosemary and Joe wouldnâ€™t blush!
Make some time in March to stop by Harperâ€™s to take in this exciting show. And if you would like to attend a meeting, check the class schedule for dates at www.harpersfabricandquilt.com.