A Time To Dance

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47" x 47"

In the fall of 2019, there were huge flocks of migrating Sandhill Cranes feeding in the grain field behind my house for several weeks. My husband and I observed the cranes feeding and dancing every evening right before sunset. I took many pictures and sketched the dancing birds.

A Time to Dance was started in 2019 and finished in the summer of 2020. As I worked on this quilt during the Covid Pandemic, I kept focusing on large and small circles which in my mind represented renewal. Three Sandhill Cranes dancing out of the flames became my hope for the future when we conquer this disease.

Discharged and repainted flames surrounded by an inner and outer row of beads form the large circles. These continue in all four corners featuring rows of quilted flames and tiny circles surrounded by more rows of beads. I hand dyed fabric to construct the cranes and cut out each feather.

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