PALINDROMES and METALLICA are beautiful, energetic prints that make me want to make something. These are my 12th and 13th collections for Benartex and they are like nothing else on the market.

A Palindrome is any word or design that reads the same backwards and forwards. Here are some examples:

A nut for a jar of tuna.

A car, a man, a maraca.

A dog! A panic in a pagoda!

A Toyota! Race fast, safe car! A Toyota!
Ed, I saw Harpo Marx ram Oprah W. aside.

Go hang a salami, I’m a lasagna hog.

Madame, not one man is selfless; I name not one, madam.

Stressed was I ere I saw desserts.

Never odd or even

The Palindrome concept is a natural fit for my kaleidoscopic signature style. A kaleidoscope design requires fabrics that are bilaterally symmetrical. That means, like the human body, there is a spine or axis down the middle, and whatever happens to the left happens equidistant to the right.

Three of the five patterns in FABRIQUE-ISTAN are bilaterally symmetrical patterns composed of motifs that are the exact duplicates of one another. They are 580-Magma, 581-Lots of Knots, and 582-Totem. Use them in a binding or a sophisticated lattice. I want to promote the idea that simple quilts can be transformed into visual spectacles by using complex patterns. However, the designs can be used equally well by ignoring the symmetry, too.

The remaining two are textural all-overs called 583-Confetti Wave and 584-Crosshatch.  Adding a patch of either will provide a distinctive character.

THE  PALINDROME GALLERY is composed of sixteen 36" square quilts made by quilters from around the country and me. My goal is to demonstrate the versatility of this collection by exhibiting a diverse array of simple but stunning quilts made from complex fabric.
I'm trying to fight that "WHAT DO I DO WITH THE FABRIC" dilemma. These quilts look difficult and complicated but should not be intimidating to a person who knows how to look for the seams. I want to promote the idea that you can transform simple quilts into visual spectacles by using charismatic prints.

In PALINDROMES: Squares, four inch squares are pieced in the traditional Amish pattern called Trip Around the World, resulting in a visual palindrome.

PALINDROMES: Lines is made of 17 vertical strips of various widths and Palindrome prints. By camouflaging the seams, the viewer sees the whole quilt before the parts; in other words, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. The rhythmic, echo of circular quilting by long armer Linda Leathersich helps obscure the piecing lines. Lois Podolny's (Tucson, AZ) sublime machine quilting is showcased in a whole-cloth, 2-sided quilt with a yard of Totem on the front and Metallica for the backing (Where Do the Butterflies Land). Vicki Welsh (Richmond, VA) cleverly pieced the same block five different ways and lays out the result in a unique setting (MURDER FOR A JAR OF RED RUM). At my request, Helen Frost (Tucson, AZ) made a gorgeous Blooming Nine-Patch, a pattern reintroduced to the quiltworld in 1996 when an eye-catching example was showcased on her mother's, book, TRADITION WITH A TWIST by Blanche Young and Darlene Young-Stove. There's even a contemporary art-quilt by Beth Carney (Yonkers, NY) called Still Skinny, a title inspired by a design composed of thin, vertical strips cut randomly from a multitude of PALINDROME prints in the same colorway peppered with a gold from Metallica.
These quilts are available as a trunk show for quilt shops from January through August 2014; the contact person is
To view all of the quilts in the Palindrome Gallery, click here.

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