Breaking Dishes by Donna Ferber


Breaking Dishes

by Donna Ferber

45″ X 58″

My challenge was the result of childhood memories resurfacing after reviewing the antique quilts from the museum collection selected as inspiration for making modern quilts. My inspiration piece was the two-color broken dishes quilt; my memory was deliberately breaking dishes while I was drying them, perhaps when I was four or five. After letting a dish drop, I would then beg for another chance and promise to be very careful. I would then surreptitiously break another. I don’t think I liked those simple white dishes. In this new quilt, I used mostly white circles and fractions of circles against a vibrant background meant to brighten what is a somewhat less-than-happy memory.