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Salt Marsh Spirit
Tom Grassi, Image-Tec
This quilt was inspired by a scene I frequent in late September while birding along the Great Salt Marsh at Plum Island, MA. Wildness feeds my spirit, especially in landscapes that contain transition zones between ecological communities, known as ecotones. At the blended edge of sea and dry land, where different and interdependent species thrive and compete, two elemental forces coincide: danger and opportunity. Here, the poised pounce of a hunting Northern Harrier adds power to the spirit of an overall serene autumnal tableau. And the line between beauty and terror disappears.
Commercial and hand-dyed cottons, batiks, silks, polyesters, felt, burlap, various yarns, Misty Fuse, Pellon 805 fusible, metallic paint, cotton, polyester, metallic, and invisible threads, wool batting.
Raw-edge fused appliqué, machine piecing, and appliqué, hand couching, fringing, and embroidery, machine embellishments, hand painting, free-motion quilting and thread-painting, faced edge.