A Rainbow in Broken Glass

I decided to enter a quilt in the ROYGBIV category of this fall’s Bloggers Quilt Festival  sponsored by Amy’s Creative Side. For more information on this great online quilt show go here. Please check out all the other wonderful categories of entries as well. Voting for favorites in each category runs from November 1 to 7, with winners announced on November 8.

About a year and a half ago my husband and I took a road trip through southeast Ohio into West Virginia and back through Kentucky. One of our stops was the Blenko glass factory in Milton, West Virginia. My favorite sight was the huge outdoor containers heaped with pieces of shattered glass, sorted by color.

I found that mental image niggling at the back of my mind when I began randomly sewing small scraps together according to color groups. They evolved into Broken Glass.

Broken Glass

It measures 34 by 37 inches, is embellished with hand dyed seam binding, and was quilted by me with a walking foot.




Filed under Completed Projects, Quilt Shows

17 responses to “A Rainbow in Broken Glass

  1. I like the ‘wonky’ random style of piecing.

  2. Gorgeous! Love the name-perfect for this quilt!

  3. The softness of the colors makes me think of beach glass! So evocative!

  4. Beautiful colors, beautifully done.

  5. Celia

    Joanna, thank you for sharing the video about the Blenko glass factory. I probably won’t get the opportunity to go there in person since I live in Texas. It is one of those industries that is becoming rare. The hand dyed binding really does look like the glass during the process after coming out of the fire pit. Your quilt is a wonderful interpretation of the broken glass shown in the video. Very nicely done. (celiaambrose@hotmail.com)

    • Southeast Ohio and West Virginia used to have many glass factories – art glass and the more utilitarian variety. The latter are long gone, while a few of the former are barely holding on. And thanks for the kind words about my quilt.

  6. It does look like broken glass!

  7. jennyklyon

    Very cool!

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