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Magical Realism and quilting

snow2The Wasatch mountains are shrouded in clouds this morning.  There are 8-10 inches of new show in the valley.  The sun shines through the clouds and makes the world look magical and clean and pure.  If only we could spread our magic fairy dust around the world today….snow1Yesterday I attended a performance of a relatively new opera “Florencia en el Amazonas” by Daniel Catan.  The theme of the story was described as “magical realism” and compared to the authors Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Isabel Allende.  In fact the plot of the story was loosely based on the Marquez work “Love in the Time of Cholera”.  Essentially it is the blending of the real and the spiritual into a common form.  It reminded me a a quilt that I completed earlier.

magical realismThe center wreath is comprised of 1 1/2 in.  pieces selectively pieced from a large floral print.  The large floral print is featured in machine applique in the corners of the piece.  Hence, the magical realism – – creating something else from a “real” image.

Size: 30×30

Finished 2007

machine pieced, machine appliqued, hand quilted


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