by Shannon Page
The Dallas Modern Quilt Guild decided to have an original design for this year’s quilt that represented Dallas and modern quilting. The designer, Shannon Page, chose the Pegasus because it is an iconic image in Dallas. The origami-inspired winged horse is made instantly recognizable as a city symbol by adding bars on the wing while the pink colors is a send up to the traditional red. The scale theme is represented by the large-scale Pegasus and small-scale strips.
A paper piece pattern was created by the designer and then finalized and made actually usable by Beth Phillips. It was then enlarged to gigantic proportions by Kristi Carpenter. At a group sew, Kristi Carpenter, Carol Dennis, Cathy Fields, Chelsey Fields, Lee Jenkins, Ashley Leon, Shannon Page, Liz Perini, Beth Phillips and Stacey Smith spent the day learning how to strip piece on giant sections while specifically randomizing the strips to create the bars of white and color. After all the pieces were complete and sewn together the quilt was quilted by Lee Jenkins as a collaboration of ideas between Lee and Shannon. Denise Strueber kindly hand-bound the final product.
The entire groups had a great time working together creating the pieces that would come together and form such a striking image. It was great to learn from each other and truly inspirational to have all these talented quilters working one vision and putting their own touch on each piece.
Sewing all day with the group was the highlight. It was so much fun and, when the piecing got tough, we had each other’s company, and copious snacks, to keep us going!
We are still deciding what charity would best benefit. We are thinking of using it as a raffle to support our guild in supplying more than one quilt to a charity.