Colwell Cedars Retreat

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My Women

Copyright 2004  Katherine Colwell

Hand Embroidered Crazy Quilt Book
Open for Display:  6″ h x 22″ w x 22″ deep.
Book laid flat:  12″ x 18″ x 1/2″ thick.
Stored in self container:  3 1/2″ h x 7 1/2″ w x 6″ deep.
Each page:  5 3/4″ h by 4 1/2″ w.


          My Women is a crazy-quilted-pieced and embroidered book, to read and enjoy perusing —  eight pages of photos of my women ancestors.  The hand-cut shisha mirrors are embroidered to each page to reflect, include, and embrace into my family of women all the women who read the book.

         The outside or back of the book is pieced from hankies inherited from my late mother-in-law, and crazy-pieced to fill the entire back surface.
          Front:  Hand-dyed silk fabrics; hand embroidery and hand and machine sewing, piecing and hand quilting.  Silk, cotton and metallic threads;  shisha mirrors, beads, button and ink (photos).
          Reverse (back):  Crazy-quilted heirloom/legacy handkerchiefs:  cotton, linen, rayon, mostly hand embroidered.
          Cotton batting, fusible web, and non woven stabilizer.