Picking Up Speed


Activities are gaining momentum as the season progresses. I had a lovely visit with the Jewel Box Quilters in Grinnell, Iowa last week. The guild gets its name for a stunning little bank designed by Louis Sullivan, noted architect and mentor of Frank Lloyd Wright.


The Merchants National Bank is indeed a “jewel box”situated in the modest business district . It is a small square building ornamented with Sullivan’s distinctive designs.

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You can see that I would love Sullivan ornamentation. We both are inspired by prairie plants and have an affinity for similar shapes and symmetrical design.

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The building combines strength in its structure and ethereal elegance in its ornament.

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Sullivan’s language of pattern is eccentric, mysterious and totally unique. Visiting this little “Gem” was the icing on the cake for this quilting journey. Thanks to the Jewel Box guild for a friendly and productive visit!

This week will be occupied preparing for Spring Market in May. I have completed six medium sized quilt tops so far and can’t wait for the day I can post them for you… just a few more weeks.

2 Responses to “Picking Up Speed”

  1. Melissa P says:

    So many inspirational details. I love those unexpected spirals in the tile work.

  2. KateUK says:

    WOW! Came across Sullivan before- but only seen black and white photos of one of his buildings, which really do not do him justice. Fabulous doorway- and the stained glass…yum,yum.

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