Betty Ekern Suiter's Gallery


Her Majesty

Her Majesty is a large iris made from Betty’s painted fabric. She cut the petals in the desired areas to achieve the coloration to give life to the flower. It is set on a black background framed with a narrow colored cord. Straight lines of quilting radiate out from the center. It is hand applique and hand quilted. Completed in 2012.

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Flaming Lilies

Flaming Lilies was made from a photograph using eight hues of Betty's hand dyed fabrics for the flowers. Color changes in the photograph determined color placement. The three larger flowers each contain over ninety pieces creating the flame and glow of the lilies. They are set on a marbled black fabric making the flowers pop. An orange cord was added to frame the quilt. It is hand applique and hand quilted. Completed in 2012.

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Creation Springs Forth

Inspired by an 18th century rug, another of Betty's quilts has been created. The center area is stipple quilted setting off trapunto flowers adorned with burgundy centers. Swags of flowers over swags of leaves are looped over the gray geometric shapes, surrounding the center of this delicate design. There are baskets set on the four sides holding blooming flowers. The corners are strongly supported by the gray teardrops holding the blossoms. The outer border is a meandering stem of apple blossoms. Creation Springs Forth took 3,630 hours to make over 4 years. The quilt is entirely made by hand using needle turn applique from Betty's hand dyed fabrics and hand quilted using 3,000 yards of quilting thread. Completed in 2011.

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Orchid at Midnight

Orchid at Midnight was made from Betty's photograph taken at a wedding. It is an expression using printed fabrics to get the movement giving life to the flower. The strength of the flower is highlighted using the dark setting. Completed in 2011. It is hand appliquéd and hand quilted.

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Floral Symphony

Floral Symphony is a copy of a carpet by Asmara, with permission. All the colors and flowers are different. This quilt depicts the lyrical elegance of the time of Louis XVI. Betty’s thoughtful design is evident in the appliquéd flowers, which curve and swoop to portray a graceful garden trellis. The fact that the elaborate corners are balanced in design and color, but are not symmetrical, adds a depth of interest to the visual impact. This quilt was selected as one of the 100 Best American Quilts of the 20th Century in the Ultimate quilt Search. This is an incredible honor. This is a historic list, which includes the greatest names in quiltmaking of the past 100 years. Completed in 1998. Hand appliquéd and hand quilted.

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Welcome To My Dreams

Graceful, whimsical movement is achieved by the flowing swirls and curlicues used in abundance to adorn this quilt. Hand dyed colors feel warm and welcoming – my dreams are exposed. There are eight hues of each of the four colors. Welcome to My Dreams won seven best of show awards including Betty’s second best of show win at the 2002 American Quilters Society in Paducah, KY. Betty is the second person to win best of show more than once in the history of the AQS. It also has won Best Workmanship four times. Completed it 2001, it took two and one half years to make. Hand appliquéd and hand quilted.

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Grace Unfolding

Grace Unfolding is another of Betty’s original designs. The center is like a kaleidoscope gracefully unfolding to reveal the beautiful display of flowers. The feathered swags in the kaleidoscope frame the stylized harps of varying harmonizing colors. A custom trapunto design elaborately graces the space surrounding the center. A garden of 40 different flowers fills the inner border. The final swag border frames this beautiful quilt. This quilt was finished in 2006 and took 3,822 hours to make. It is heavily quilted with 2,400 yards of quilting thread. Hand appliquéd and hand quilted.

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Rhythmic Hues

Rhythmic Hues was made in 2004 for the American Quilters Society 20th Anniversary exhibit at MAQS (Museum of the American Quilters Society). The 20 Best of Show quilts were on exhibit along with a “companion” piece by each of the makers. This quilt was exhibited along with Aubusson Jarden Partiere and Welcome To My Dreams. This is another of Betty’s original designs. The quilt is entirely stipple quilted at 1/16". The stylized meandering trapunto feather and tulip feathers add to the design element to enhance the appliqué. Rhythmic Hues exudes a graceful expression of perfection. Hand Appliquéd and hand quilted.

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Aubusson Jarden Partiere

The inspiration for this quilt came from a picture of a nineteenth century French Aubusson carpet. Carrying within it the elements of classic beauty, this quilt is both delicate and dramatic. It exudes the graceful charm of a French garden and provides excitement with the tapestry of rich burgundies and blues. The balance, color, and scale of this piece are all in harmony, which gives to the work a strong and beautiful visual impact. In addition, the richly textured surface gleams with the skill reminiscent of the old time master quilters. This quilt won three Best Workmanship Awards and nine Best of Show Awards including Betty’s first Best of Show Award at the 1996 American Quilters Society in Paducah, KY. It was completed in 1995. Hand appliquéd and hand quilted.

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Lilies Of The Field

Lilies of the Field is made with 3,697 pieces and was made in 1990 before the rotary cutter so it was cut using templates and scissor. The 24 - 10 ½” blocks are made from 111 pieces and set on point. The alternate blocks all contain a trapunto design and the entire quilt is quilted with a ¼” grid using 2,500 yards of quilting thread. This quilt is a great example of wonderful trapunto enhanced design. Hand quilted.

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