Singapore Orchids


Quilt Index Record: 67-EC-9CA

Overall Quilt Description

InstNameF003
Arizona Quilt Documentation Project
InstInvContrNumF004
QRC160030
DateDataF006b
04-20-2016
TypeObjF008
Finished quilt
QuiltTitleF009
Singapore Orchids
OverallWidthF12a
98 inches
OverallLengthF012b
118 inches
ShapeEdgeF013
Straight
ShapeCornersF013b
Straight
PredomColorsF014
Black
White
OverCondF015
Excellent/like new

Overall Quilt Description - condition, inscriptions and fabric source

OtherMethodInscripF021a
Commercial Name Label
LocInscripF022
on back
OtherLocInscripF022a
Lower right corner
DateQuiltF023
2000-2025
DateBegunF023a
2000
DateFinishF023b
2005
FamDateF023c
2005
SourceMatF063
Other
OthSourceF063a
Fabric store in Singapore and Sarongs

Specific Description

SizeBlockF027
inches
NumBordersF033
1
BordDescF034
A single border measuring 98 x 2.50 inches on the top using the same fabric as the quilt.

Quilt top materials and construction

FiberTypesF035
Cotton
FabPrintF037
Floral
ConstrucF038
Machine Piecing

Quilt Construction - binding, batting, quilting

QuiltedByF055
Zabezensky, Ferne
QuiltTechF049
Hand quilting
ThrTypeF049a
Cotton
NumStitchedF050
4 stitches per inch
NumStitchF051
5 stitches per inch
KnotsF051b
no
DesignF052d
Outline of flowers in print. Background fill pattern is outlining.
FeaturesF053
Made from 6 sarongs purchased in Singapore in 1999. Lighter "panel" is front of a sarong; darker part is wrap around body.

Quilt Back

FabFiberTypesF040
Cotton
ColorBackingF040b
Black
NumPiecesF042
4
WidthPiecesF042a
59 x 118; 40.50 x 118; 1.50 x 17 and 3 x 41 inches
DescBackF043
Machine sewn
Same fabric used throughout
Solid/plain

Ownership and Contact Information - Quilt maker Family Information

OwnershipF082
Private
OwnerNameF082a
Ferne Zabezensky
OwnerCityF084
Mesa
OwnerCountyF085
Maricopa
OwnerStateF086
Arizona (AZ)
ProvenanceF058a
Self/Maker
SourceInfoF088b
Owner, Ferne Zabezensky
QuiltTopF054
Zabezensky, Ferne
GenderF098
Female
BirthDateF099
07-08-1942
MarriageF099b
07-31-1964
EdBkgdF102
All from Arizona State University: BS in Medical Technology 1965, MS in Microbiology 1970 and PHD in Higher Adult Education 1976
RelAffF103
Jewish

Quilt maker Personal Information

OccupationF104
Microbiologist and Professor
BirthplaceCityF098a
Logansport
BirthplaceStateF098b
Indiana
EnviroF104c
Rural
BirthplaceCountryF098d
United States
LearnedToQuiltF117
From Class
From Relative
WhenQuiltF118
Age 50 or over

Quilt Personal Quilting History

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

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Data Verification

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yes
verifiedby
Lynn Miller
dateverified
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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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