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FLORESCENT RAG
Michael James
Somerset, Massachusetts
1977

Cottons; hand appliquéd and reverse appliquéd, hand quilted
60 x 60 inches

Michael James illustrated and discussed this unusual quilt in his 1978 book The Quiltmaker's Handbook: : A Guide to Design and Construction, using it to teach the processes of appliqué and hand quilting step-by-step. James explains, "I was in developmental/experimental mode, and it was a way to work through hand appliqué and reverse appliqué, both of which it contains." A full page black and white detail photograph of Florescent Rag serves as the frontispiece for the book, and it also appears as color plate 10 and in numerous photos in chapters 4 and 5.

In both its design and techniques, this quilt is unique in Michael James's oeuvre.

$8500

For more information or to purchase, contact Robert Shaw

 

 

Florescent Rag by Michael James

 

 


Florescent Rag, center detail

Florescent Rag by Michael James, preliminary sketch
Michael James's preliminary sketch for Florescent Rag

Detail of coxcomb
Detail of coxcomb

Florescent Rag by Michael James, detail of hand quilting and signature
Detail of hand quilting and signature

Michael James marking fabric using template
Michael James using a cardboard template to mark fabric for one of Florescent Rag's appliqués

Black and white photos and sketches are by Michael James and from his book, The Quiltmaker's Handbook.
Reproduced by permission of Michael James.


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