GREEN RIVER — A new exhibit is opening Tuesday at Sweetwater County Library in Green River with 17 picture quilts made by local quilter Veronica Edwards.
The majority of the quilts are landscapes and outdoor themes since Edwards finds inspiration from the Wyoming outdoors. She describes her technique as using fabric instead of paint for the images. The texture and depth is created with the various fabrics along with thread to embellish through the quilting process.
“My projects are usually 30×20 inches. I find that this size or smaller works best for these types of quilts,” said Edwards. “All the quilting is done on a regular size sewing machine and uses a lot of thread as I make trees, grass, and other details. Looking at the back of my quilts will show the details even more than the front. I prefer not to frame my work so that the back is visible.”
Edwards started making these style of quilts three years ago, having seen others’ landscape quilts and wanted “to try my hand at it.” Being an accomplished seamstress making clothing and bed quilts for many years, she applied her knowledge to this new technique of quilting.
“My inspiration comes from the outdoors. Now I take photos with the purpose of creating a project. I look at my world differently since I started making these picture quilts and I appreciate the details of nature as well as the larger view. I base some quilts on these photos but mostly I have these images stored in my thoughts waiting to be put together with fabric.
Edwards has shown her quilts in the annual “Quilting on the Green.” They were displayed but there was no category for this style of quilting at that time so they were not judged or critiqued.
The SCLS Exhibits Committee meets throughout the year to review applications and schedule exhibits. Artists interested in displaying their work are encouraged to submit an application for an individual exhibit. Application packets are available at any county library circulation desk and at the Community Fine Arts Center.
For more information about these exhibits and other library events, visit the Library System web page http://www.sweetwaterlibraries.com or on Facebook www.facebook.com/sweetlibraries. Questions can be directed to Soule at the Community Fine Arts Center in Rock Springs.