A favorite quilt in my 1970s collection is this little beauty from 1973 called "Klee" by Marsha McCloskey of Eugene, Oregon. The idea for the quilt came from an image in a coffee table book, a 1928 painting called "Castle and Sun" by artist Paul Klee. The quilt was made as a wallhanging, a very outside-the-box idea at the time.
|"Castle and Sun" 1928 by Paul Klee|
Whenever people see "Klee" for the first time and realize it is a Marsha McCloskey quilt, there is always a big reaction; surprise and delight in the discovery of a rare, early work by a very well known quiltmaker. I cannot overstate the importance of this quilt, made at the beginning of the art quilt movement, referring directly to a famous work of art. And of course, its maker, Marsha McCloskey is a gem.
I blogged about the quilt for "Why Quilts Matter: History, Art & Politics" in a post called "Quilts, Art or Not?" - click here to read.