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Fortress

quilt, fabric, fortress. ruins, grey
Art quilt 30x40" $1,400. All fabric. Made using fused applique and heavily quilted Outside of here, there Are hills and streams, fields and sky. Walls come at a price

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Art quilt, gas pump, fabric
"Old Gas Pump: Acceptance" 30x40" Art quilt $1,400 All fabric, fused and turned edge applique, heavily quilted. No longer needed She stands beside the road Resplendent in rust.

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Gold and Green: Glow 24x36" Donated Art quilt featuring pieced Mariner's Compass (large circle) and pieced and/or appliqued smaller circles. Background technique: improvisational piecing. Materials: commercially available fabrics (including cotton, silk, metallic and dance fabric) batting, thread. Mounyed on canvas for easy hanging

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Petunias: Determination 28x22" $850.00 Art quilt combining fused and turned edge applique. Materials include cotton, silk, polyester. Pieces was sandwiched with a backing and batting and then heavily quilted. Mounted on a canvas for easy hanging.

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About Joyce

Howard County

​If my DNA were to be analyzed, there would probably be threads wrapped around my genes.  I come from a long line of Lithuanian tailors and seamstresses. I started by making traditional quilts but moved into the art quilt/mixed media realm in 2010.  People respond to fabric -- it is familiar and tactile and warm -- but what I value most about fabric is its versatility.  It can tell so many stories, so many feelings. ​I have a BA from Notre Dame of Maryland with a major in English and... more

Joyscapes

This series is a fabric interpretation of photos I have taken. As each piece was created, a haiku formed ... telling me what the piece was saying to me.

These pieces were created over the last two years. I used a combination of fused and turned edge applique to create them and quilted them heavily to re-inforce the textures of the images.

  • RitterJoyceJ Crepe Myrtle.jpg

    art quilt, trees, green, fabric,
    Crepe Myrtle: 30x40" All fabric Method: fused applique Materials: commercially available cotton, silk, polyester fabrics Heavily quilted. Note veining on leaves at bottom...all quilting. No computer was used in the creation of this wok.
  • RitterJoyceJ Fortress.jpg

    art quilt walls, window, grey, ruins, fortress
    Art quilt 30x40" $1,400.00 All fabric with heavy quilting. Outside of here There are hills and streams, fields and air. Walls come at a price.
  • RitterJoyceJ Precarious.jpg

    Precarious 30x40" $1,170.00 3-Dimensional are quilt. Quilt featured fused and turned edge applique and heavy quilting. Materials include a variety of fabrics, wire and other support materials to push rock pile away from background. Precarious Together we built Cairns as solid as pebbles, As fragile as dreams.

Joyful Gardens

This is a series of quilts featuring flowers. All have been made between 2017-2018. Again, as the pieces were created, a haiku formed, revealing what the quilt wanted to say.

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    Petunias: Persistence $850.00 Art quilt constructed with commercial fabrics such as cotton, silk, etc. Technique: fused and turned edge applique. Petunias: Persistence "Insignificant" They called her, "Ordinary." Still she persists.
  • RitterJoyceJ RedLily.jpg

    "Red Lily" 30x40" $1,400.00 Art quilt constructed of commercial fabrics such as cotton and silk. Construction method: fused and turned edge applique.
  • RitterJoyceJ Amaryllis.jpg

    quilt, art quilt, fabric, flower, amaryllis, red
    "Amaryllis: " 30x40" $1,400.00 Art quilt constructed using commercially available fabrics such as cotton and silk. Method: fused and turned edge applique.
  • RitterJoyceJ Beacon.jpg

    "Beacon" 30x40" $1,400.00 Art quilt constructed of commercially available fabrics such as cotton and silk. Method: fused and turned edge applique.
  • RitterJoyceJ Black Cala Lily.jpg

    Black Cala Lily: Confidence 28x36" $850.00 Constructed of commercially available fabrics such as cotton and silk. Heavily quilted and mounted on a canvas for easy hanging. Black Cala Lily: Confidence Her sinuous lines and curling petal earns stares. She sees and then smiles.
  • RitterJoyceJ Bromeliad.jpg

    Bromeliad: 30x24" $850.00 Constructed of commercially available fabrics such as cottons and silk. Technique: fused and turned edge applique. Heavily quilted and mounted on a canvas for easy hanging. Bromeliad The plants core is cupped To capture rainfall and dew. Closed hearts can't catch joy.
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    Morning Glory: Faith 30x40 Sold. Constructed of commercially available fabrics such as cotton, satin and transparent silk to create illusion of translucence. Technique: fused and turned edge applique and mounted on a canvas to ease of hanging. Morning Glory: Faith Despite the darkness She lifts her head and sings out: Good morning, Glory!

Golden

We all have names (nouns) but it is our actions (verbs) that say who we are. The pieces in this abstract series are a combination of gold and one other color. Each is named with a word that is both noun and verb.

  • RitterJoyceJ Gold&White. Glow.jpg

    art quilt, quilt, white, gold, circles
    Gold and White: Glow 30x40" Sold A combination of gold metallic fabrics including lame, dance fabric and ribbons and white fabrics, mostly satin and silk. Heavy quilting.
  • RitterJoyceJ Gold&Brown. Reach.jpg

    Gold and Brown: Reach 36x28" Sold The background is pieced with appliqued circles and trees. The trees are made of approximately 7 different leathers. The piece is heavily quilted.
  • RitterJoyceJ Gold&Green. Bloom.jpg

    Gold and Green: Bloom 36x28" Sold A classic Mariner's Compass is paired with simpler pieced and appliqued circles on a field of leaves. The background is a technique known as improvisational piecing.
  • RitterJoyceJ Gold&Silver. Dance.jpg

    art quilt, quilt, fabric, gold, silver, twists
    Gold and Silver: Dance 30x40" $850.00 This quilt is completely pieced -- each of the hundreds of pieces is seamed to those around it. It is heavily quilted and featured mainly metallic fabrics.
  • RitterJoyceJ Gold&Purple Shelter.jpg

    art quilt, quilt, fabric, gold, purple, sheltering
    Gold and Purple: Shelter 30x40" $850.00 The large gold curve is pieced and then appliqued onto the background of appliqued curved pieces.

Play

In an effort to improve my skills, I take as many courses as possible. When funds are available I go to the Quilt Surface Design Symposium in Columbus, Ohio. I generally take two course but if I am flsh I maytake as many as 4 classes. The techniques I study nmay not apply to the work I am currently involved in, but I believe my work improves from being exposed to other expressions. The quilts in this section are experiments with techniques that I have studied.

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    Autumn Leaves Sold This piece was an exploration of complex piecing using highly unusual fabrics in quilting.
  • RitterJoyceJ canvas abstract.jpg

    art quilt, canvas, fabric, paint, green, blue, orange
    Zion Sky $700.00 First step: paint three canvases one color each grading from dark to light Second step: mark canvases using various tools, brushes, stamps, etc. Third step: slice canvases imto small pieces and sew into an image/abstract form Fourth step: quilt
  • RitterJoyceJ Coinage.jpg

    art quilt, silk, hand painted, metal work, circles
    Coinage 16x20" $350.00 Hand painted silk, singed edge, metal working, couching, quilting
  • RitterJoyceJ Pathways.jpg

    art quilt
    Pathways: 16x20" Sold Improvisational piecing featuring silks and cotton batiks.
  • RitterJoyceJ. Leaves.jpg

    Leaves 16x20" Lost in first Ellicott City flood. Improvisational piecing.
  • RitterJoyceJ. The Windy Day.jpg

    art quilt, quilt, leaves
    The Windy Day 10x10" $120.00 Hand painted cotton, trapunto, heavy quilting

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