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Martha Behind Bars

Entry Number: 168

Quilt Maker: Benjamin Evans

Quilted By: Quilted by Machine (Domestic or Longarm) that is Hand-Guided: Benjamin Evans

Techniques: Pieced

Design Source: Chain Link

Artist Statement

I began sewing as a small boy using an antique Singer machine to make little cushions for my Star Wars people. Largely self-taught, over the years I have endeavoured to make a wide variety of fabric crafts and garments. I took my first quilting class in 2014. Although I favour making traditional quilts using precise patterns, I have pushed myself to try using more modern colours and techniques, including raw edge appliqué and improvisational curved piecing. Typically drawn to more masculine prints, any green or purple fabric, or one with moustaches on it, makes me exceedingly happy.

This chain link quilt honours one of the largest influences in my life, Martha Stewart. The colours are reminiscent of her signature green and blue hues, and the name is just cheeky enough to make her crack a smile (I hope). Her magazines, books, and TV shows have brought immeasurable inspiration to my life, and every room of my house contains a collection of her products.

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