Peeling Away by Betsy Ryan


Peeling Away

by Betsy Ryan

92” X 101”

This quilt is an adaptation of the traditional Log Cabin quilt block. Quilters consider this pattern the quintessential American design. It represents log cabins on the prairie with the center squares for the hearth, light values on one side for the sunny side of the house, and dark values on the opposite side for the shady side of the house.

I wanted this quilt to have a lot of negative space, to be less cluttered, to be freeing. This quilt was a challenge for me and at the same time fun to figure out what it needed to come together. I started out with more complete log cabin shapes and then removed more color and left more negative space. The quilt was quilted by Janice Roy using an overall quilting design.