Hay Bale series

In Mabou, Cape Breton Island, where I live, farmers make several kinds of hay bales but my favorites are the big round bales. I like to imagine what goes into them besides grass: violets, wild strawberries, goldenrod, and mint. These quilts are visual poems.

The quilts in this series are dyed as monotypes.  I use thickened dye to make patterns on my formica work surface and then press the fabric onto the dye.

 

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One Round Bale

44 x 44”
$2,000 CDN/US

When you meet a hay bale in a field, you realize it weighs a lot more than you do.  

This quilt was made from a single piece of cotton fabric that I printed as a monotype with dye (the “bale” twice) and machine quilted.

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Hay Bales on the Move

52 x 54”
Private collection

Each round hay bale is the same, yet each one is different.  

This quilt was made from cotton fabrics that I printed as monotypes with dye (twice) and then assembled and machine quilted.

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Hay Bales Under a Bright Blue Sky 

60 x 21”
Private collection

Round bales dot the landscape throughout the summer, and in the fall are lined up ready to be brought home to the cows for the winter.  

I printed the "bales" with dye as monotypes, assembled them, and printed the background. Machine quilted.

This quilt has been sold but reproduction rights are available. For more information click on license.

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Hay Bales Parting Ways

38 x 37”
Private collection

The hay bales are huge spirals of condensed life.  

This quilt was made from one piece of cotton fabric that I printed as a monotype with dye and then cut and re-assembled, and was machine quilted.

This quilt has been sold but reproduction rights are available. For more information click on license.