A modern patchwork lap quilt, made for a friend from a variety of my patterned and solid fabrics. 38in x 48in




My mom saved a bunch of my jeans from when I was a kid long, long ago. So I made a quilt for her:

Denim quilt

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W. John MacMullen
Nu plus ultra / When Jacquie Came to Town
2014
9in x 9in

Cotton sateen fabric, poly batting, cotton bias tape, poly thread. Hand- and machine-stitched.

After meeting Jacquie Gering, I was inspired to come right home and make a small piece that pushes beyond some of the typical features of my textile work (minimalist design, straight lines, precision stitching). Her story of making a Red Cross quilt and her personal commitment to community engagement led to this piece. The small hand-stitched crosses represent individual contributions towards the larger goal. I made the crosses “wonky” since that is normally out of character for me, and left the outer edge raw, since Jacquie said she prefers sharp finished edges. The 1/8″ stitch lines were done freehand, but matchstick quilting happens fast at 1000 spm!

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W. John MacMullen
Support and Resistance (triptych)
2014
10 x 19.5 in (each panel)

Repurposed cotton fabric and polyester batting; polyester thread.

This tryptych is from my “(ch)art quilt” series of art quilts that incorporate data into art objects. It plots U.S. government bond price data within ranges bounded by Fibonacci ratios (data from Chicago Mercantile Exchange). The three sections of different color represent the passage of time as well as differing human interpretations of data. The raw edges reinforce the open-ended nature of the data.

Detail view:

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Supermassive Black Hole

As I enter my twilight years, birthday week ended with dark chocolate cake and a supermassive black hole pillow from The Audrey. (10″ sq; exposure lightened to show detail)

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Three
W. John MacMullen
2013
Cotton, brocade, satin polyester, polyester batting, fusible interfacing. Reverse applique, topstitching.
7.5 in x 19.5 in (19 cm x 49.5 cm)

Collection of Audrey Dautenhahn.

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The Crossover
W. John MacMullen
2013
30 x 21 in (76 x 53 cm)

Repurposed cotton fabric, polyester batting, cotton and viscose thread. Machine pieced, -quilted, and -embroidered.

This piece is from my “(ch)art quilt” series of art quilts that incorporate data into art objects. It plots fifty years of undergraduate enrollment data by gender (blue=male, magenta=female) to illustrate the “crossover” point in 1978 when female enrollment surpassed that of males for the first time. (Data source: U.S. National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).)