This is my entry for the 2011 Grand National Quilt Show, that will take place in The Joseph Schneider Haus in Kitchener, from May 15 to September 11, 2011. My paper quilt is called Broken, and is 34″ wide x 35″ high.


Passing from Wholeness into
Brokeness is a journey every one of us
has taken. The border between them is tissue
thin, often invisible. It is a delicate
balancing act to maintain your grip
on sanity after an event abducts you, then
leaves you broken.
Some of us travel deeper into Wholeness, others fall headlong
into Brokeness but none can claim they have not carried
baggage between them. And believe it
or not, there is a certain fulfillment in being
broken  ~ when striving has ceased
and life is realized as something
to simply revere, no matter what
state we find ourselves in.
……………..~ Carol Wiebe

Please note that the jagged black pieces around the outside of the quilt are only painted in Photoshop Elements; when I needed to send in a pic to the jury, that section was clear in my mind, but it is easier to show than tell. I’ll take a better photo at the show. As usual, I was under the gun, and didn’t even get a chance to take a picture of the completed quilt before it had to be delivered.

I am slated to teach a class on designing and constructing paper quilts in New York state this October (2011) at Quilting By the Lake 2.

If you like what I am up to, consider joining me at QBL2. I know we could be a fantastic creative team! It is a wonderful teaching opportunity for me, but I need YOU to register and make sure it happens. I am totally committed to my students when I teach. My goal is to facilitate something incredible happening. When a group of people get together with the intention of  throwing all caution to the wind and aim for the skies, artistically, the incredible does happen. I think (surprise, surprise) that my paper quilting techniques are a great avenue for moving an idea from the head to an art piece very quickly.


About CarolWiebe

Art entices, inspires, and delights me. Art is a vehicle for laughter, tears, wonder, enlightenment--taking me on a constant path of discovery. You can't say that about housework (except, perhaps, for the crying part).
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4 Responses to Broken

  1. Deb Sims says:

    It’s wonderful, Carol, as always. I love the edge.

    • Carol Wiebe says:

      The edge just dropped into my consciousness and then I had to figure out how to do it. It’s the edge of the bottom layer.

  2. So many words come to mind. Gorgeous, of course–but also powerful, validating, but the one that seems right is truth. Really wonderful

    • Carol Wiebe says:

      Julianne, I am speechless, because I SO hoped that would come through. THANK YOU for seeing it. Brokenness is tremendously empowering, for those who can embrace it. And who isn’t broken in some way?

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