Church in the Wildwood


As very small children, my sister Daphne and I loved the hymn that is written on this quilt, and would sing it for anyone! She lives not too far from the giant redwoods now, and I live in North Carolina not too far from one of the few remaining giant hardwood forests. This quilt is a childhood dream. It combines my feelings of worshipful awe in these forests, with resonant feelings in places of worship built by human hands. Inspired by Looking Glass Rock Trail from the Blue Ridge Parkway and Lake Junaluska Chapel.
“There is a church in the valley by the wildwood. No lovelier spot in the dale. No place is so dear to my childhood as the little brown church in the vale. Oh, come to the Church in the Wildwood…..”, Words and Music by Dr. William Pitts, 1857

This quilt was a finalist in the 2003 International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas; it was a finalist at the 2004 American Quilters Society show in Paducah, KY; selected for the Blue Ridge Parkway Show at Blue Spiral 1 Gallery in 2007; it has been published in Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine, June04 and Fiber Arts, BookVII. In 2010: Hodges-Taylor Gallery at the Carillon, Charlotte, NC; In 2011: “Word Processing” Cabarrus Arts Council Invitational , Concord, NC; In 2012 It was selected for “Connectivity, Threads of Community”, Target Gallery, Alexandria, VA; In 2013 this quilt was chosen for a “Piedmont Craftsmen Invitational” to celebrate their 50th Anniversary and shown at Blue Spiral 1 Gallery, Asheville, NC