Quilt As Art
Barbara Ann McCraw
Quilter • Lecturer • Instructor
 
 
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Growing A New America- 38” x 42 2009

Selected for inclusion into Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi’s book, “Journey of Hope-Quilts Inspired by President Barack Obama”. Currently on exhibit at the National African American Museum. Chosen as one of three in the collection to go into the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Big Blue- 48” x 60”  2009

This is my homage to my adopted home of Texas. An original design showing a larger-than-life Bluebonnet, the Texas State Flower. This quilt was juried into the Texas Museum of Fiber Arts and into the American Quilt Society. It is embellished with trapunto, gold and silver threads, and my signature, Black Butterfly.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Lessie Rose- 65” x 72 2008

This quilt is an original design commissioned by a hair style publication.  It uses real hair wefts enclosed in tulle, as well as hair strands couched onto the surface of the quilt. The suggestion of movement in each band of hair and fabric gives it a windblown appearance. Lessie Rose is the name of my little sister who passed many years ago. This is my commemoration to her.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Paradiso- 78” x 78 2008

Paradiso began with a class I took on the Mariners Compass pattern.  That became the center of this quilt.  Hand appliquéd, Broderie Perse leaves and flowers ring the Compass.  The old German art of paper cut patterns were added; most from books by Elly Seinkiewicz, two I designed myself. 2nd Place in the American Quilt Society "Quilters Choice Award" 2009

 
 
 
 
 
 
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Three Wishes- 48” x 58” 2007

Another original design commissioned by the Denton County Historical Society to benefit the Denton County African American museum where it now hangs. Each woman symbolizes a wish. The “Three Wishes” refer to the prayers I made while working on this piece. The first is “Humanity”. The dictionary describes this as “the quality of humaneness, kindness and benevolence”. The second is “Peace”, not only in the world, but in our communities and our homes as well. The third is “Tolerance”, which I hope will be the new order of things for our country as we progress into the future.  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Vessels- 30” x 36 2007

This quilt is the result of a class by Robbi Joy Ecklow.  Not sure how successful I was with the quilt, but I sure had fun in the class!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Royal Christmas- 90” x 90 2007

A pieced and hand-appliqued quilt based on the book called “Women of Grace and Charm” by Barbara Adams and Alma Allen. This quilt was donated to AIDS Services of North Texas as a fundraiser and it did very well!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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My Heart Is Yours- 54” x 62 2006

This heart quilt was designed to benefit a fund-raiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.  The fabrics chosen give it the look of an old Jacobean tapestry.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Zenobia- 54” x 60” 2006

Original designed African Flower Girl. In my imagination, there was a time when Africa was populated by a society of beautiful people, rich in culture. Zenobia is a young girl just returning from the flower market. She wears her finest dress and robes, adorned by 3-dimensional, hand beaded jewelry and trapunto headdress.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Oya II- 83” x 85” 2006

This quilt is an originally designed piece, depicting an Afro-Cuban dancing goddess superimposed on colorful background. It features 3-dimensional beading and fabric braiding. Crystals arise from her feet, indicating her feverish dancing.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Underground Railroad- 82” x 82” 2005

This quilt was designed by Eleanor Burns and Sue Bouchard and this version was made because it represents such a meaningful story to me. Each block is a symbol, the Wagon Wheel, the Crossroads, the Flying Geese, and the North Star, to name a few, which tells the story of Underground Railroad quilts.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Piano Dancing 2005

This jacket was later added to “The Griots of Fiber” exhibit. I awoke from a dream and just had to make it. It is an original design, machine quilted by myself, and embellished with black suede figures dancing on piano keys.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Piano Dancing - Back of Coat 2005

This jacket was later added to “The Griots of Fiber” exhibit. I awoke from a dream and just had to make it. It is an original design, machine quilted by myself, and embellished with black suede figures dancing on piano keys.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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In Memory of Mishka- 54” x 56” 2005

This quilt is a hand-appliqued version of a Maggie Walker pattern. As I completed the 9 perimeter cats, we lost our very special Norwegian Forest cat, Mishka. I took a photo of him and drafted a pattern which was used for the center of the quilt.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Kimonos- 45” x 45” 2004

This quilt was made from a pattern by Betty Blais to teach our very popular class in paper-piecing. This quilt has been made in blacks and whites and pastels for a little girl’s room.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Mythic Movement- 15” x 15” 2004

An original design which shows how curving shapes can depict a sense of movement. This technique used bias strips to cover each seam.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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The Gospel Truth 2003

This full-length coat was commissioned by Anita Knox, then curate of the Kansas City African American Museum, for an exhibition called “The Griots of Fiber”, or Story Coats. This is a completely original design and machine quilted by myself. The coats were to tell a story about African-American music. I chose gospel music for this piece, reminiscent of my days as a little girl, thrilled to listen to my mother sing in the church choir.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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The Gospel Truth - Back of Coat 2003

This full-length coat was commissioned by Anita Knox, then curate of the Kansas City African American Museum, for an exhibition called “The Griots of Fiber”, or Story Coats. This is a completely original design and machine quilted by myself. The coats were to tell a story about African-American music. I chose gospel music for this piece, reminiscent of my days as a little girl, thrilled to listen to my mother sing in the church choir.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Halloween Children's Quilt 2003

This was a quilt made for a Quilt Country Shop sample. A fun, easy to make quilt for Halloween.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Landscape - 18” x 22” 2003

An original design to study fabric landscapes.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Orange Doodles- 30” x 33” 2003

An original design based on a class by Carol Morissey which studies positive and negative spaces.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Fantasy Tree - 24” x 36” 2003

An original design created as a sample to teach one of my hand-applique classes.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Little Bird - 14” x 14” 2003

Another of my original designs created for a class I taught in hand appliqué.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Queenies Entourage - 12” x 24” 2002

A fun little quilt using beading and hot-fix crystals on pre-printed African motifs.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Tequila Sunrise - 68” x 85” 2002

This was another shop sample for Quilt Country Quilt Shop. It was done in pastel batiks and every other block is created with strips of fabric in a basket woven design to give it a 3-dimensional look. It was eventually donated to AIDS Services of North Texas to raise funds.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Circle of Friends - 102” x 102” 2002

Created from a block exchange of pastel Aunt Grace fabrics. The friendship hearts were fashioned into a circle and hand appliqué was added. Each block was signed by one of my dear friends at Quilt Country Quilt Shop in Lewisville, Texas.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Family Tree - 40” x 50” 2002

This is an original design created in response to a challenge to use hospital grade gauze in a quilt. The background behind each Asian lady is torn and painted gold gauze, as well as portions of the tree. The entire quilt was made to resemble a kimono.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Black Blocks - 85” x 102” 2002

This quilt was made using batiks with multi-colored thread spirals in the center of the black blocks. It can be made in any size, in any color way, and gives a very contemporary look.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Oscar's World- 54” x 54” 2001

My son arrived home from college on Christmas Eve one year with a half-filled fish tank on the passenger seat. He introduced us to Oscar, a huge fish that he had raised from a really little fish. That Christmas morning we awoke before daylight to find Kenny in the living room, tears streaming down his cheek. His Oscar didn't’t survive the trip. We hand’t seen him cry since he was a little boy. I designed this quilt for him to resemble a fish tank. It is hand appliquéd and hand quilted with trapunto. I gave it to him upon receiving his Masters Degree.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Phoenix Flight - 108” x 108” 2001

This is one of my commissioned pieces. It was made for a couple who were having a house built in Arizona. I used a paper-pieced pattern for the Phoenix which is created with 208 pieces of fabric. The rest of the quilt is originally designed. I included symbols and colors to represent features of Southwest design and American Indian influence, such as the tiles, the cactus flower and flying geese. Colors of sand and gold, shades of brilliant to deep oranges, represent weathered mountain ranges, setting sunsets, and the naturalness of the earth; the blues and greens represent water and flora.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Mixed Traditions - 62” x 77” 2001

One of my original designs which combines traditional patchwork elements with motifs reminiscent of African design. A popular commission quilt, no two of these quilts are ever alike.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Black Butterfly - 76” x 86” 2001

This quilt was created after seeing a black butterfly appear in my garden on three consecutive days. To me, it was a sign that my mother, recently deceased, had returned to give me the precious knowledge that she would always be with me. I wanted the butterfly to be larger-than-life and the garden to have a heavenly, mythical quality. Black Butterfly was shown in a local gallery and the subject of a CBS human interest story.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Specimens - 80” x 80” 2000

An original quilt designed after the popular Pickle Dish pattern. Due to my background in Medical Technology, I chose to make it seem as though one were looking through a microscope. The bugs are machined embroidered with black and silver threads.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Blazing Stars - 65” x 65” 2000

I made this quilt because I love Ginny Beyer patterns and fabric. The different values of blues and purples give the appearance of Stained Glass.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Ascend To Summer - 24” x 72” 1999

This is a memorial quilt made on behalf of our dear friends, Rick and Teel Sale. It was made from an original piece of art by Teel after losing their youngest son to AIDS. This quilt was inducted in a ceremony in Washington, DC and is now a part of the Names Project.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Forty Days and Forty Nights - 72” x 72” 1999

This pattern was made for a Quilt Country shop sample. It is completely hand appliquéd, and was later donated to AIDS Services of North Texas for a fund-raiser.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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The Fan Quilt - 76” x 80” 1989

This is one of my early quilts. It’s very vibrant and uses fuchsia moiré fabric for the sashing and borders. Since I didn't’t know any better, I double batted the quilt and hand quilted it myself. I walked around wearing finger bandages for days!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Blue Bird - 36” x 39” 2009

This is a much larger version of my original pattern “Little Bird”. It was made for my good friend Tom Burnett, who not only created my beautiful website, but is fun, gracious and kind. The quilt shows 3-dimensional feathers, machine appliqué, thread painting and machine quilting. My only inspiration was that Tom really loved my “Little Bird” quilt and his favorite color is blue!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Poinsettia Promise - 95” x 95” 2008

This began as a donation quilt to raise funds for an organization for which I care very deeply. I liked it so much I made two; one to donate and one to keep. It’s a stunning Christmas quilt that shows beautifully on a bed.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Lady America - 86” x 95” 2009

This quilt was an original design. A friend gave me the eagle panel in the center and I challenged myself to create a quilt around it. I was very happy with the results. I chose its name because of the use of florals and a softer color palette.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Double Wedding Ring 2009

This quilt was nine years in the making and one of the more costly. It was designed so that each ring is made with a different Asian fabric and shows trapunto designs in the center of each of the 49 blocks. This is a queen sized bed quilt with a white, heavily quilted background.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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The Last Supper 50" x 54" 2010

The oldest church in Denton County was located and moved to our historical building park. In an effort to help raise money for its renovation, I made the Last Supper Quilt as a donation to the Denton County Historical Commission. So far, it has raised over $6000.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Victorian Jungle 2012

1st Place in Dallas Quilt Show March 2013

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Out of Africa 2012

Honorable Mention in Dallas Quilt Show March 2013

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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The Loving Quilt - 50" x 50" 2012

This quilt was made as part of an exhibit called “And Still We Rise”, an 85-quilt retrospective on chosen highlights in African-American history. My chosen subject was the 1924 Virginia Racial Integrity Act which stated that people of different racial backgrounds could not marry. Mildred and Richard Loving was such a couple who were arrested and made to leave their home and family in Virginia. They decided to fight it, and with the help of a civil rights law team, were able to have the act overturned in 1967.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Kid Quilt Challenge - 55" x 70" 2011

Each year the Denton Quilt Guild sponsors a contest for children’s quilts. The same purchased focus fabric must be used in every quilt. My quilts used the focus fabric in the airplane windows. A generous quilt shop donates the fabric, the funds are used for future projects, and after judging, the quilts are donated to various non-profit organizations that help children in our community. This was an award winner.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Island Girl - 22" x 28" 2011

I made this quilt in a wonderful class taught by Lola Jenkins. This was a portrait workshop, and I find it funny that although this same pattern was used by at least six students in class, each face turned out differently. By the time I decided to use the feather earring, the African print background, and the floral and 3-dimensional flowers in the border, the name of the quilt just came to me.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Farris Road Flower - 35" x 40" 2010

This quilt was made in a workshop by Jane Sassamen. We were told to find some form of flora that we would re-create in a quilt. It didn’t have to be a true representation. Well, I was late getting ready for class, so I ran out to the corner, which is Farris Road, and picked a tiny weed that looked kind of unusual. It was the only flowering thing I could find. My quilt looks nothing like the real thing, but I think that was the point, and I was happy with the way it turned out.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Night Flowers - 14" 14" 2013

I had forgotten about these four little paper-pieced blocks I found in a drawer. My latest challenge is to complete every unfinished project in my fabric closet or sell it at our guild’s garage sale. I sewed them together and decided that the geometry of the little quilt needed an organic element. I added the machine-appliqued border and finished with thread-painting and beading.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Lady on the Moon - 24" x 36" 2012

The lady quilt is the result of a self-taught class. I was teaching myself how to set a circle into a rectangular piece of fabric. After I succeeded in doing that, I thought it needed something. I found an African print of this beautiful lady, gave her a new dress and designed the quilt around it.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Guardian Angels (malaika m'linzi) - 45" x 88" 2013

These are a Christmas gift for my son, Kenny Taylor. A few months ago, he received his first professorship and he asked me if I would make him two quilts for his new office. He said he had two large doors he wanted to cover up. These quilts are my prayer for him that two guardian angels be there always to watch over him.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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My First Handbag 2013

I found this Batik print at a quilt show which I “over-the-top” embellished with hand-beading, crystals and thread painting. I wanted to try making a purse. Of course, as is my way, I didn’t have a pattern, so I made it up. Although it has a few problems, I think it turned out great!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Folded Flowers - 18" x 22" 2011

These quilts were original patterns created to teach from. In the classes, we taught how to manipulate fabrics into floral shapes and use them, along with foliage, to make a vase of flowers.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Specimens II - 80" x 50" 2012

This is a recreation of my original Specimens completed in 2000. I had always liked the quilt, and since I gave the first one to my son, I decided to make another.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Orange Slices - 40" x40" 2011

An Australian pattern was used for this quilt which was originally a teaching sample. It uses positive and negative cut-outs from the same block. I enjoy mixing ethnic and American fabrics. In this case it made for a happy, vibrant quilt.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Four Baskets - 27" x 35" 2012

When we were in Africa in 2012 we bought several hand-batiked panels. When I decided to make this one into a quilt, I knew I wanted to use a lot of embellishments. I added 3-dimensional wraps to their skirts made with different fabrics, including one of my husband’s silk ties. The ladies wear beaded and braided jewelry and belts. The baskets feature heavy beading.