Sue McCarty is no stranger to the winner’s circle at AQS QuiltWeek™ – Paducah, Kentucky.
As the 2010 winner of the Janome Best of Show with TRIBUTE TO TOLKIEN , she already has one work hanging in The National Quilt Museum.
An absolute jaw-dropping piece, it has drawn national and international attention from quilters and Tolkien enthusiasts alike.
Now, she has completed the series with her second piece, ADVENTURE AWAITS , which joins the permanent collection as well.
This masterpiece is based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. Like the well-known story, Sue’s quilt sends viewers on a journey through the fibers of the quilt, following the path of adventure as told by Tolkien. Sue McCarty takes us with Bilbo and Gandalf on a virtual “walk” through the story.
Encountering river crossings, trolls, dwarfs, and the magical world of the story, viewers relish in intricate detail. Plus, Sue gives viewers a chance to hunt for elements alongside the main characters.
Search for 13 dwarfs, represented by musical instruments, and a variety of birds, butterflies, bats, turtles, fish, and other details to add interest to the story.
AQS’s Bonnie Browning gets the inside scoop on how to transfer such a massive and detailed design to the blank canvas of the solid black backing. Now, we can share those with you:
- Design and draw each block on paper
- Lay those blocks on the floor, until you get them in the right position
- Transfer the image using light box onto black wholecloth fabric
- Use a white chalk pencil to cover the fabric in the design
- Move the piece to the longarm machine
- Outline and stabilize everything
- Intensify the quilting as you go, rolling the quilt back and forth, increasing the quilting’s density
- Start at the top of the quilt, in time, the quilter and longarm machine bring the story to life
Watch the exclusive interview with Sue McCarty from AQS QuiltWeek – Paducah, Kentucky 2013.