Format Photos, Prints, Drawings
Contributors United Church of Chapel Hill Quilters (Chapel Hill, N.C.)
Dates 1996
Location Chapel Hill
North Carolina
Orange County
United States
Language English
Subjects Allover Pattern Quilts
Artistic Hobbies
Batting (Textiles)
Charity Quilts
Cotton Fabrics
Hand Quilting
Kaleidoscope String Quilts
Machine Quilting
Quilt Blocks
Quilt Patterns
Quilt Piecing
Quilt Tops
Quilting Bees
Quilting Groups
String Quilts
Strip Quilts
Synthetic Fabrics
1996 North Carolina State Winner
Contributor Names
United Church of Chapel Hill Quilters (Chapel Hill, N.C.), (Creator)
Created / Published
Chapel Hill, Orange County, North Carolina, January, 1995 - June, 1995
Subject Headings
-  Quilting
-  Quilt patterns
-  quilt piecing
-  quilt tops
-  string quilts
-  batting (textiles)
-  hand quilting
-  machine quilting
-  quilting bees
-  quilting groups
-  artistic hobbies
-  quilt blocks
-  synthetic fabrics
-  cotton fabrics
-  allover pattern quilts
-  strip quilts
-  charity quilts
-  Kaleidoscope string quilts
-  Photographs
-  United States -- North Carolina -- Orange County -- Chapel Hill
-  Quilt size: 96" x 84"
-  The following information was supplied by the quiltmaker: / "I am the 'Web of Life' / Assurance of diversity / Assurance of visions / Assurance of relationship / Assurance of community / Assurance of strength / Assurance of warmth / Assurance of beauty / Assurance of joy / Assurance of comfort / Assurance of hope / I am the security blanket, / An affirmation of faith, / The web of life." / "The 'Web of Life', was created by the United Church of Chapel Hill Quilters, a dozen women of all ages and abilities. This quilt serves our church as a metaphor. It speaks about the community of faith that connects us intrinsically to others and to the world."
-  Where did you learn the pattern? "from a book but design is my original."
-  "Improvisational cutting and piecing techniques were used. No rules and no templates."
-  How did you choose the materials used in your quilt? "I chose a mixture of patterns and textures and solids in pleasing fall colors -- used the black and white to punctuate the colors."
-  Quiltmaker's motivation: "Metaphor for spiritual community. To teach others how to quilt and to be in community."
-  "The 'Web of Life', was created by the United Church of Chapel Hill Quilters, a dozen women of all ages and abilities. This quilt serves our church as a metaphor. It speaks about the community of faith that connects us intrinsically to others and to the world. But also this project was undertaken to foster community and to learn more about quilting. Participants were inter-generational and at all skill levels. This was our first group quilt. We are currently working on a second piece."
-  What was your primary reason for entering the Lands' End contest? Do you frequently enter your quilts in competition? "We felt the quilt had a good story behind it. It was a witness of our church community's faith."
-  Has being a winner in the Land's End contest made a difference in your life? Has it changed the way you look at your work as a quilt maker? "Not really but our church is very proud of the quilt and its message."
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Call Number
AFC 1997/011: Folder 9095 P1
Source Collection
Lands' End All-American Quilt Collection (AFC 1997/011)
American Folklife Center

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