This year has been as exciting one for Sueños, and Susan Saxe, quilter, has captured that excitement in a beautiful, one-of-a-kind Sueños quilt.
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Susan describes her work of art: The Sueños Quilt
This one of a kind pictorial art quilt was inspired by the work of Sueños and pays homage to themes and techniques of Central American folk art. Colorful prints are pieced and appliqued to create scenes of everyday life, similar to the traditional arpilleras of the region, but with a dreamlike twist, and in two dimensions (no little figures attached) for practicality—so that the piece can be used as an everyday quilt, and machine-washed and dried.
Each appliqued feature symbolizes some aspect of the Sueños story.
The sky contains both the Sun and Moon because “sueños” means “dreams,” not just the dreams of the night and the imagination but daytime, real-world dreams, goals and aspirations. The two stars reflect the stars on the Sueños logo. The birds and butterflies represent the many species that inhabit and migrate freely between Central and North America.
The two houses or palapas represent phases in Sueños’ development, with the house in the foreground representing its early outreach in the community and the house situated behind it, on a defined background, representing the move to its own space. The two star-like plants at the entrance echo the stars in the logo.
Behind the two houses a village scene represents Sueños’ relationships with the families and communities of the children it serves. The houses in the distant mountains represent both the dreams of the future and friends from far away who support the work of Sueños. The same banners are flying in the houses and on the mountains to show that connection. The children, of course, represent the children served by the organization as they journey toward the realization of their dreams.
At 45”x 60” this quilt is suitable for a wall hanging, play mat, crib or lap quilt, or thrown over the back of a couch to curl up under in front of a fire or TV, this quilt is made to be used and enjoyed. The rod pockets on the back can be easily removed. Just carefully snip and pull the top and bottom basting threads.
Contents and care: 100% cotton top and backing, machine pieced and quilted with an all natural cotton and bamboo batting. Machine wash and dry. Spinning in a warm or hot drier will fluff up the batting, giving the piece a beautiful, soft drape. Steam iron on “cotton” setting if more flatness is desired for hanging.