How Beautiful – Liberty!

Statue of Liberty

I have some very exciting news to share. I recently made a third quilt in my “Accordion Door” series, and I just found out it has been accepted into the American Quilter’s Society show in Paducah, KY next month!!! (to see the post about my first two”Accordion Door” quilts click here)

“How Beautiful – Liberty” is one quilt made from three, in a very 3-Dimensional way. Here is the rather unusual front on view:

How Beautiful Liberty full front.Kirsch-web

The view from the left is a Mariner’s Compass/New York Beauty combination quilt:

How Beautiful Liberty full left.Kirsch-web

And from the right – the true New York Beauty – Lady Liberty:

How Beautiful Liberty full right.Kirsch-web

This is a detail shot, looking down from the upper left corner, just to give you some perspective:

How Beautiful, Liberty detail.Kirsch-web

I used a variation of my Repliqué technique, called Raw-Edge Repliqué, to make both quilts on the “Accordion Door”. (I’m hoping to be teaching Raw-Edge Repliqué at the Madison Quilt Expo this September). The background quilt, which everything else hangs from, is embellished down the sides with Shiva Paint Stik™ designs. The words are from the Declaration of Independence, and were made using my Brother Scan n Cut™. You may remember a post covering the making of these letters from October (click here to view it).

As the label on the back of the quilt states, this is: “My tribute to the founding father’s words in the Declaration of Independence, and to all who have served our nation fighting for the rights endowed on us by our Creator.”

This quilt is currently hanging at the Prairie Heritage Quilt Show, in Sun Prairie, WI. The show runs Sunday through Tuesday (click here for show details).

Also, this weekend I have another quilt on display at the Elk’s Lodge in Watertown, WI (my town). The event is called:

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“A Festival of Visual, Musical, Theatrical and Literary Arts, and People’s Choice Fine Arts Competition”. The event runs Saturday and Sunday, March 5th & 6th. For the performance schedules: click here, then click on “view” under each date. The art contest I’m participating in is viewer’s choice, so if you live in southeastern Wisconsin I hope you’ll consider taking a road trip to Watertown  🙂 . Sunday afternoon you could actually visit both the Sun Prairie Quilt Show and the Watertown Arts Event!


I’m planning to do a few posts in the near future on some of the techniques used to make “How Beautiful – Liberty!”, but for now thanks for sharing in my excitement!

14 Opinions

  • Evelyn Link said:

    Congratulations, Chris. I loved this idea when you made the others. This one is stunning. Take a picture of our Sedona quilt in Paducah.

  • Karen Moore said:

    Congratulations, Chris! I will look for it Tues. when I am at the Sun Prairie show. I have one hanging there also.

  • said:

    Very exciting news, Congratulations! The quilt is breathtaking!

  • ConnieY said:

    So happy for you! Bob and I are going to Sun Prairie. The pictures are great but the quilt has to be seen. Phenomenal!!!

  • Nancy said:

    Chris, this quilt is amazing, beyond amazing. I am so pleased to have crossed paths with you in this vast world of quilters. God certainly gave you an extra special gift of creative talent! Thanks for sharing your news.


  • Brenda Wathier said:

    Chris, This is beautiful. Showed it to my hubby and he was floored!!! Very happy for you.

  • Kay Knaack-Christian said:

    Congrats!!! It is a beautiful quilt

  • Mary Van Grinsven said:

    Awesome quilt–looking forward to hearing about your techniques. Congrats!

  • Liane said:

    Congratulations Chris!!!

  • Kathleen Swinkowski said:

    Congratulations, Chris. Will you be at the Paducah show? I’ll be attending but unfortunately no classes this year. Just had foot surgery and will still be a little hard to get around at that time.

  • Jackie Iannarelli said:

    Your Lady quilt is exceptional and very inspiring. No wonder they asked you to bring it to Paducah.

  • Joyce H. said:

    Saw your quilt this afternoon hanging at the Sun Prairie show. It attracted quite a crowd and, no wonder, it’s spectacular!

  • Virginia Zimmer said:

    Just returned from my first visit to the National Quilt Museum. The “New York Beauty” contest was exhibited. Your “How Beautiful – Liberty” would have given you another ribbon! It’s amazing! P.S. Two other Waukesha quilters had their quilts displayed. Lots of talent in Waukesha!


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