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Honesty (Lunaria annua) is an old fashioned plant best known for its translucent seed pods, which are used in dried flower arrangements. The pods are preceded by lovely light purple or white flowers. The name "Honesty," which dates to the sixteenth century, is apparently a reference to the plant's open, unconcealed presentation of its seeds. The plant is known as Money Plant or Silver Dollar in the Untied States because of the seed pods resemblance to coins, while its scientific name, Lunaria, comes from their resemblance to a full moon.

This fascinating quilt is, in effect a block style quilt, organized in a nine over nine block set, but using decidedly non-traditional materials and techniques. The black and white block backgrounds, the encapsulated seeds and pods, the prominent stitching in the lattice between the blocks, and the varied bars in the outside border create complex secondary rhythms within the composition as do the many subtle gradations of color.

The English quilter, textile researcher, and historian Celia Eddy explains that the quilt surfaces are "covered with thin plastic of the sort used to cover library books. This is not the only innovation in her materials: blocks are constructed by building up patterns using pressed flowers and petals before being sealed under the plastic, after which the whole surface is hand-quilted. The effect is of great subtlety of colour and texture, enhanced by the reflected light of the shiny surface."


Contact Robert Shaw for more information or to purchase. High resolution photographs are available on request.

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Honesty Quilt by Pauline Burbidge

Honesty Quilt, detail

Honesty Quilt (detail)

Photographs are by Keith Tindall.

Toward Barred Island by Gayle Fraas and Duncan Slade (detail)

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Toward Barred Island by Gayle Fraas and Duncan Slade (detail)

Bottom left and right: Toward Barred Island (detail) by Gayle Fraas and Duncan Slade