Quilting with Vintage Linens and Laces: Kathleen Rountree
An American quilter and fibre artist, Kathleen Rountree creates whole cloth art quilts by reinventing antique table and bed linens. In the process, she becomes a creative partner with the original needle artist who created the exquisite hand embroidery typical of table linens created in the early 20th century. For her projects, Kathleen often seeks out Madeira linens, long respected for the quality of the hand-embroidered designs. The quilting and beading enhancements that Kathleen adds to the work are individually designed to highlight and expand the innate character of the original work, giving the linen a new life as a mature and exquisite work of art.
When designing the extensive quilting and beading that brings the piece to a new and contemporary level of artistry, Kathleen strives to enhance and respect the work of the original needle artist, who may have completed the piece 100 years ago. Many of the linens she uses once graced the banquet tables of England. In their new life as art quilts, they have been exhibited across the United States, and won awards in major national shows. This will be the first display of these works outside the US, and Kathleen Rountree believes the linens are looking forward to ‘returning home for a visit’ as a part of the Festival of Quilts.