As part of the entry form, they asked if there was any history about the quilt that could be shared with the viewers. This is what I wrote:
Circle of Life came about as a search for a quilt pattern. I was asked to make a quilt to donate to the East Central Illinois Refuge Center for their annual fundraising event. I knew in my mind what I wanted, and finally found the perfect pattern at the International Quilt Festival in Houston. The pattern is by Jacqueline de Jonge, who is from the Netherlands. As I was stitching, I thought of how this American daughter, of immigrant stock from many nations, was working on a pattern by a Dutch woman, to make a quilt to assist people who have come to America to find the dream. The dream that my ancestors had cpme to America to also find. At the end, I couldn't bear to part with it, yet! So another quilt will be donated, this year. Perhaps by next year, I will be able to part with it!
Close up of large New York Beauty arch.
Close up of small New York Beauty arch.
Close up of stitching in the large dark blue areas. When trying to decide what I would do, I let my quilterly voice out. Circle of Life was speaking to me of convergence and radiation. So like the ephemeral waves of heat off a hot desert highway, so I quilted away from the NYB arches.
Triangle border and outer border.