The Glass Factory

Lately I’ve been composing fabric made of small scraps in one color family – red, pink, yellow, blue, green, etc. Some of that made fabric, combined with cerise fabric, hand dyed seam binding, and a deep stash batik, turned into Broken Glass.

Broken GlassAs I sewed down the binding I finally realized what image was niggling at the back of my mind  – a memory of huge dumpsters filled with pieces of broken glass, sorted by color.

A few years ago my husband and I took a road trip through southeastern Ohio, West Virginia, and Kentucky.  I insisted we stop at the Blenko Glass Company in Milton, West Virginia for a tour as I owned some of their work.  I did gain a greater understanding of how the glass was made, but I was most struck by those vast bins filled with bits of glass sparkling in the sun.

I guess my subconscious was trying to recreate that image in this quilt.

Stained_glass_closeupI quilted it with acutely angled boxes that spiral into the center.  My aim was to have the changes in quilting line direction mimic the way light reflected off the bits of broken glass.

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