Whale's Tail


Quilt Index Record: 67-EC-9C1

Overall Quilt Description

InstNameF003
Arizona Quilt Documentation Project
InstInvContrNumF004
QRC160021
DateDataF006b
03-14-2016
TypeObjF008
Finished quilt
QuiltTitleF009
Whale's Tail
OverallWidthF12a
42 inches
OverallLengthF012b
42 inches
ShapeEdgeF013
Straight
ShapeCornersF013b
Straight
OverallColorF14b
Two color
PredomColorsF014
Black
Blue or Navy
OverCondF015
Excellent/like new

Overall Quilt Description - condition, inscriptions and fabric source

TypeInscripF019
Single
LocInscripF022
on back
OtherLocInscripF022a
Lower Right
DateQuiltF023
2000-2025
DateBegunF023a
2008
DateFinishF023b
2008
FamDateF023c
2008
SourceMatF063
Purchased new
OthSourceF063a
Quilt Shop in Lahina, Hawaii

Specific Description

SubjQuiltF025
Whale's Tails
LayFormatF024
Medallion or framed center
AltNameF011
Whale's Tail
CommSourceF064b
Q2 Design
NumBlockF026
1
SizeBlockF027
42 x 42 inches
MedallionF031
Applique
BlockStyleF030a
Same block throughout

Quilt top materials and construction

FiberTypesF035
Cotton
FabPrintF037
Batiks (for contemporary quilts)
Solid/plain
PaperF038i
no
ConstrucF038b
Hand Applique
EmbellTechF038f
No

Quilt Construction - binding, batting, quilting

MatUsedF044
Cotton
ConstrucBindF046
Edges turned in/ no separate binding
MatUsedF048
Polyester
BattLoftF048a
Thin (Less than 3/16?)
QuiltedByF055
Zabezensky, Ferne
QuiltTechF049
Hand quilting
NumStitchedF050
4
NumStitchF051
4
WidthF051a
1
KnotsF051b
no
FeaturesF053
This quilt was not commercially manufactured. This quilt was not created for a community outreach project.

Quilt Back

FabFiberTypesF040
Cotton
ColorBackingF040b
White
NumPiecesF042
1
WidthPiecesF042a
42 x 42 inches
DescBackF043
Same fabric used throughout
Solid/plain

Ownership and Contact Information - Quilt maker Family Information

OwnershipF082
Private
OwnerNameF082a
Ferne Zabezensky
OwnerStateF086
Arizona (AZ)
SourceInfoF088b
Zabezensky, Ferne
DateObtainedF088c
03-14-2016
QuiltTopF054
Zabezensky, Ferne
GenderF098
Female
BirthDateF099
07-08-1942
MarriageF099b
07-31-1964
EdBkgdF102
B.S. Medical Technology, ASU, 1965; M.S. Microbiology, ASU, 1970; Ph.D. Higher & Adult Education, ASU, 1976
RelAffF103
Jewish

Quilt maker Personal Information

OccupationF104
Microbiologist & Professor
BirthplaceCityF098a
Logansport
BirthplaceStateF098b
Indiana
EnviroF104c
Rural
BirthplaceCountryF098d
United States
StateF107
Arizona (AZ)
CountryF108
United States
MaidenF097b
Bridge
FatherNameF109
Bridge, Ray William
BplaceF109a
White County, Indiana
EthBkgrndF110
German-American
MotherNameF111
Bridge, Doris Duncan
BplaceF111a
White County, Indiana
EthBkgrndF112
Scottish-American
SpouseF113
Zabezensky, M.
EthBkgrndF114
Polish/Russian
LearnedToQuiltF117
From Class
From Relative
WhenQuiltF118
Age 50 or over

Quilt Personal Quilting History

WhyQuiltF119
Gifts
NameGroupF120
Las Sendas Quilt Group; Arizona Quilt Study Group; Quilt History Bee
LocGroupF121
Mesa, AZ; Prescott Valley, AZ
SpecialGroupF122
Annual show and charity quilts.
NumQuiltsF123
more than 50
SellQuiltF127
no
TeachF129
only informally
FavesF130
Jewish designs, Hawaiian designs, hand quilting.
CustomsF131
Changes home decor monthly with 25 quilted items (hangings, runners, & placemats).
AddNotesF132
Has given quilt lectures/presentations on Jewish Quilting, Australian Quilting, Hawaiian Quilting, and other topics.

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Data Verification

verify
yes
verifiedby
Lynn Miller
dateverified
4
20
2016
CE

Information source fields

AccessF080
Restricted
HolderF080a
Arizona Quilt Documentation Project
CopyRestF080c
Arizona Quilt Documentation Project
DistribRestF080d
Arizona Quilt Documentation Project
DisplayResF080e
Arizona Quilt Documentation Project
LicenseF080f
Arizona Quilt Documentation Project
Contributing Institutions
MATRIX: Center for Humane Arts, Letters and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University, Michigan State University Museum, Quilt Alliance
Publisher
Quilt Index
Resource Type
Still Image

Contest, Exhibits, Essays, journals

essay
Ferne Zabezensky – quilting biography I grew up around quilts and slept most of my life under a quilt. My paternal grandmother, Anna Bridge, was a prolific quilter and I observed her cutting pieces for quilts from scraps of fabric I used in sewing many of my clothes. I saw many of her quilts in the frame and learned the pattern names but she never asked if I wanted to learn to quilt. My mother brought several of her quilts to Arizona when they moved from Indiana in 1960. Our family were members of the Church of the Brethern and we lived near an Amish community. In 1964 I married a Jewish man and we established a Jewish home, but celebrated the Christain holidays with my family. Most gifts were practical items of needle arts (embroidery, cross stitch, and needlepoint). I thus searched for Jewish designs for his family. In 1981, while teaching at Phoenix Community College I took an evening class in quilting as I was interested in beginning to quilt. I think I knew more about quilting than the teacher – so I wasn’t very inspired. In 1986 I was awarded a sabbatical to teach in Perth, Australia. When walking through the International Exposition for the America’s Cup Races, we saw an appliquéd turkey with the quote “Happy Thanksgiving” in the Phillipine booth. My husband said I could make one like it: I replied “I don’t do appliqué”. So we purchased it ($15) and brought it home. He said I could quilt a hanging for other holidays after I retired. The next summer I took some quilting classes from a shop in Prescott, AZ and before long I had several hangings made. By the late 1990’s I had 25 places in my home that I decorated with mostly my quilted items (7 place mats, table runner, buffet runner, and hangings). I changed these hangings every month, plus an extra set for late July and Hanukkah. In addition, we liked to travel and have traveled to all 7 continents. I have decorated a room in our home each dedicated to one of the continents with quilted hangings and bedding. When we travel I like to purchase fabric depicting the country. I purchased several batiks and cottons in Singapore and Australia. When I go fabric shopping I am always looking for more designs to add to my home décor. That is how I came upon liking appliqué after visiting Hawaii! After running out of items to do needlework for our Jewish family, I turned to quilted items but found the Jewish designs in fabric to be quite limited, but I purchased all I could find. Since the mid 1990’s I have collected more than 120 fabrics of Jewish design; they are becoming more popular in recent years. However, commercial patterns are still quite limited. I soon discovered that one could take a 6 pointed star quilt block and rotate it to become a Star of David so I currently am into making quilts of “Jewish” design – mainly for future family gifts. When I find a Jewish print, the first thing I do is make a placemat so that I have some of that design left to see when I have used up the remaining yardage. Family and friends now expect that their gift will be something quilted. To date (2015) I have quilted more than 1200 items. I was fortunate to have kept a log of all my items quilted and to have taken a picture of each. I like to share my items with others and have given guest lectures on log cabin designs, Hawaiian quilting, Hopi quilting, Jewish quilting, and Australian quilting.

Why and where was the quilt made; source of info

OwnerCountryF086b
United States

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