Sue Willows-Raznikov – In Progress

by Allison Wilbur on July 25, 2019

Wonderful to hear from Sue Willows-Raznikov in San Francisco as she is creating her Sister Artists quilt. Sue chose block #18, In the Fields. Sue writes, “I’m so glad to be part of this quilt project. The original embroidery ‘in the field’ has a woman carrying her child while entering the field and two workers already tilling the soil for millet. The embroiderer obviously thinks about her use of color and stylizes the woman’s head wrap.”

Selecting fabrics to enhance the embroidered block

“Part of the fun of creating a quilt is rummaging through my own fabrics to see what works, what doesn’t, and how to blend colors.  I use fabrics I have collected in Kumasi and Accra while substitute teaching.  One of the best parts of quilt making is finding or creating fabrics in this case to compliment the embroidered activity. The insect fabric reminds me of the evening cicadas. “

“The quilting leaf pattern reminds of the morning wind. The folded shirts are from waxy batiks of the region. I silkscreened a Malian woman and then folded it into a shirt, but I’m not sure it will stay in the final piece.  Quilts evolve and this one, although small, is evolving as well.”

We can’t wait to see the final piece! Sue’s love of Africa and familiarity with life there are shining through in this quilt.

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