48″ x 72″
The Wheels quilts emerged out of my interest in cars in general and hot rods in particular. In order to complete this quilt, I took pictures of different wheels for over three years. Not just any wheels could be used. Only wheels on cars that were cool, at least to me. The first complete quilt incorporated 4″ pictures of individual wheels. By collecting them en masse, their variations become more obvious. Some are chrome, some are painted, some are polished. Some tires are tall, some are low, some have whitewalls, some have black. By lining up scores of wheels (almost 200 different wheels are included) the pattern repeats but differences become more obvious.
The second Wheels quilt (pictured above) incorporates a snowball quilt pattern which injects a square of color where the corners of four wheels meet. This color is taken from the roofs, hoods, and fenders of the hot rods whose wheels are pictured. The largest quilt uses red squares, but several others have also been completed, including blue, green, and orange as seen in the smaller examples below.
16″ x 12″
12″ x 12″