Juanita Yeager shows how she creates patterns and selects fabric for her original quilts. She approaches her work very much like a painter would approach a canvas, she says. Quilts are a way of expressing herself.
Using the Kentucky Virtual Art Museum CD-ROM or online images, show a variety of quilts. Ask students to compare traditional and nontraditional quilts. As a class, discuss how the elements of art are using in creating a quilt.
Have students design a quilt pattern inspired by nature. Let them make small quilts based on the design, using fabric or construction paper. Discuss what math skills are used in quilt making.
Quilting is an art that has evolved from Ancient Egypt through today. It is believed that quilting was brought to Europe during the Crusades. Muslim soldiers wore tightly quilted clothing as part of their armor, which was soon adopted by medieval European soldiers. Quilted clothing, draperies, and bed coverings quickly became popular throughout England and France. Eventually, immigrants brought quilting to America where it has its own rich history.
Juanita Yeager is a contemporary quilt maker. She previously lived in Louisville, Kentucky, but now lived in Florida. She began quilting when she was in her 40s, learning from books and adult education classes. Once she mastered the basics of traditional quilting, she moved into making quilts for the wall, or wall quilts. Initially she made quilts for self-expression and for friends and family, but she now sells her quilts. Sometimes organizations hire her to create a unique quilt for a specific location.
One of her quilts won a national award and is in the collection of the National Quilts Museum in Paducah, Ky. She also teaches quilting and often judges quilt competitions.
Find out more and see more examples of her work at Juanita Yeager’s website and her blog.