You knew I was talking about a quilt, didn’t you? So why did we choose to showcase a 24-year-old in the December TQL issue? Hint―the issue’s theme is “milestones,” and Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry’s “Corona II: Solar Eclipse” is famous for something that changed the way the world views machine-stitched quilts. Forever.
We also showed the quilt because it’s still fabulous and amazing, as is its maker, Caryl. The list of accolades Caryl has won is about as long as your arm, and it includes the Silver Star award from the International Quilt Association, the Masterpiece Quilt award from the National Quilting Association, and three AQS Best of Show awards. Not one to rest on her laurels, Caryl spent most of 2013 creating 30 (yes, 30!) new quilts for a solo exhibition “Thirty Quilts for Thirty Years,” on display for the first time at the 2013 International Quilt Festival in Houston.
Just in case you think this all might have gone to her head, here’s a photo Caryl sent TQL from one of her workshops. This is a demonstration of how she prevents the dreaded “quilter’s hump,” and she said we could share it…Jan Magee, The Quilt Life