Dianne R. Schneck Lecture: Quilts with a Sense of Humor

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Last night I had the pleasure of attending a presentation by Dianne Schneck at the Eastern Long Island Quilt Guild in Peconic, New York. Her lively commentary and smile-inspiring quilts were worth the 45 minute drive from my house and battling the mosquitoes outside of the meeting hall! Some of her quilts included:

  • Hawaiian shirts and ties
  • Cows on vacation
  • A Baltimore-album style quilt featuring diner food
  • Elvis memorabilia
  • Martini glasses
  • Neon coffee cups

Unfortunately the link below does not show the backs of her quilts (or any of her newer work). The backing contained fabulous novelty fabrics and most of them were pieced combinations of related fabrics. She also paid great attention to her labels. The “Ode to a Diner” quilt, for example, had a donut on the label.

Dianne explained that humor is created by quilts that have an unexpected subject matter, provide a parody, or contain unusual materials. The best example of the latter was a “quilt” that looked like a giant teabag!

In addition to making me smile, her quilts also showed a great understanding of color and balance. I kept whispering to my neighbors about how much I liked the settings and the design elements of each quilt.

You can see more of Dianne’s work at:

http://www.empirequilters.net/pg/qm/200609/qm200609.html

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