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Shantay, You Stay

Entry Number: 176

Quilt Maker: Benjamin Evans

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

Techniques: Pieced

Design Source: Chantelle by Ricky Tims

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 endeavored 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 "Chantelle" is the third quilt that I have made using techniques developed by Ricky Tims, who has inspired me to attempt more improvisational curved piecing techniques. Made entirely with Ricky's hand-dyed fabrics, this little tulip art quilt is included in Ricky's "Caveman Quilting" lessons that he demonstrates as part of his Quilt Luminarium. The name of the quilt honours gay icon RuPaul Charles.

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