Quilting meets art

Geneseo Republic
Karen Vroman, a member of RutabagA Art Gallery in Geneseo, is shown by two of her three original quilted wall hangings currently on display at the Geneseo Public Library. The pieces of art work in the photo, titled, “Water Flowers,” “Pumpkin Owl,” and “Northern Wisconsin,” (not in photo) were designed, pieced, appliquéd and free-motion quilted by Vroman. Having painted for more than 50 years, Vroman said she finds that using fabric “is just another way of using the elements and principles of design" that she learned as an art major at Illinois State University. She commented she enjoys 3-D textures and sculptural motifs that that the free- motion machine quilting creates on the layered fabrics…”It is almost like drawing with the needle as you move the fabric under it,” she added.