Making the Ryoanji Quilt

Karla Stille came in as a last-minute substitute to present the November program. Wearing a kimono she introduced us to the interesting and multi-talented Margaret Fabrizio.


Margaret Fabrizio-musician and visual artist


Before she became a recognized quilt maker, Margaret was famous harpsichordist, once performing with the Grateful Dead and constructing a collage for one of their album covers. Click on the link below for a sample of Margaret Fabrizio playing Art of Fugue Contrapunctus 1.

Art of Fugue Contrapunctus 1

Eventually Margaret Fabrizio expanded into the visual arts. The video Karla shared with us documented Margaret’s process as she designed, pieced, assembled, and quilted the Ryoanji quilt.


The Ryoanji Quilt

Fabrizio started by gathering the materials using only fabrics she already had in her stash. She chose a variety of beautiful Japanese indigo blues, cutting up kimonos and clothing. She selected as the centerpiece of the quilt a fabric she had purchased in Japan which pictured the stone garden of the Ryoanji Temple. One of her goals was mastering the crooked seam technique.

The video gave us an intimate view of Margaret’s creative process, the ups and downs of quilt making, and a sprinkling of her unique humor.

Thanks, Karla, for introducing us to this fascinating woman. For those who weren’t able to attend the meeting or would like to take another look, the entire video can be viewed by clicking on the following link.

Ryoanji Quilt Video

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