Root Cellar

This quilt was completed in 1999, begun in response to a challenge from Fringe Benefits, a group of quilting professionals from Southwest Virginia and Upper East Tennessee which disbanded in 2005. The challenge involved creating a quilt in response to one of four words dealing with emotions. The four words were: Joy, Anger, Confusion and Tranquility. My choice was to work with the theme of tranquility.

Copyright 1999 by Susan Brittingham

Root Cellar
1999 Susan Brittingham
67" x 68"

It was summertime when I was racking my brain trying to think of my subject for the challenge. I would lie in a lawn chair outside in the late afternoon to escape the heat of the house and wonder what to do. I could hear the sound of the creek running below and my view was that of my root cellar and the hill above. One day I realized that I had my subject, for there was nothing more tranquil and serene for me than my home.

This Quilt has been displayed in major Quilt Shows in Houston, Paducah and Lancaster. It won an Honorable Mention at Mid-Atlantic Quilt Fesival in 2000. It was selected Best in Show and also won Viewer's Choice at the North Carolina Quilt Symposium in 2000. It has also won awards at other regional shows including another Viewer's Choice award in my guild's annual show.

Root Cellar appeared in the October 2001 issue of Quilter's Newsletter Magazine and in Focus on Batiks by Jane Smiley.

These are the daylilies at the left of the door. In summer daylilies grow wild and in profusion on our property.

More detail photos.


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