Quilt As Art

Barbara Ann McCraw
Quilter • Lecturer • Instructor

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Quilt As Art - Quilt Artist Barbara McCraw

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

Quilt As Art - Quilt Artist Barbara McCraw

SOLD - 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.

Quilt As Art - Quilt Artist Barbara McCraw

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.

 

Quilt As Art - Quilt Artist Barbara McCraw

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.

 

Quilt As Art - Quilt Artist Barbara McCraw


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.
Quilt As Art - Quilt Artist Barbara McCraw

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!


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!

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.
Quilt As Art - Quilt Artist Barbara McCraw

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.

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.

 

Quilt As Art - Quilt Artist Barbara McCraw

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.
Quilt As Art - Quilt Artist Barbara McCraw

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.

 

 

Quilt As Art - Quilt Artist Barbara McCraw

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.
Quilt As Art - Quilt Artist Barbara McCraw

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.
Quilt As Art - Quilt Artist Barbara McCraw

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.
Quilt As Art - Quilt Artist Barbara McCraw

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.

 

 

Quilt As Art - Quilt Artist Barbara McCraw

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.

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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