Kathie Ratcliffe

I create miniature quilts inspired by 19th c. quilts. Using the most effective elements in the design and color of 1800s. pieces, I stitch intricate miniatures adding my contemporary interpretation. Each is a complete, backed quilt of cotton fabric, hemmed by hand. Quilt tops are sewn using traditional sewing-machine straight stitching and hand techniques such as straight stitching, cutwork appliqué, English paper piecing, and foundation piecing. I make my patterns and fabric choices based on my study of 19th c. textiles and quilt construction techniques, thus preserving and validating the early works of artistic expression. Quilts range from 6 to 13 inch squares and rectangles, about 1:12 scale, some with as many as 1,200 tiny pieces. Current work reflects the change in style from early chintz quilts to the bold graphics of later and current times. All quilts are presented archivally framed in wooden frames.