Quilts Hold Memories
"Joie de Vie"
Best of Show
The quilt is 93.5 inches x 93.5 inches and is hand-pieced, appliquéd, and quilted. It took 18 months to complete. "Joie de Vie" was selected as one of the 20th Century's Best American Quilts.
"It is a traditional style quilt using contemporary colors and it was based on the Egyptian lotus flower block which has history. It's an old block," Candy explains. "I've updated it with new colors and a new set that is original. It basically comes across as flowers and vases in the quilt, and there's lots and lots of background quilting with feathers and a feather border which is very traditional in nature.
"This work took on a life of its own as it was being finished with over 2000 yards of quilting thread," Candy adds. "I knew it would need a happy or joyful name. 'Joie de Vie' stuck in January of 1998.
"My father was diagnosed with cancer in March and died in June of 1998, just three months later. 'Joie de Vie' had more significance to me as I tried to cope with this devastating event. A Native American proverb 'The soul would have no rainbows had the eyes no tears', comforted me. Maybe that's why this rainbow of colors had been created."