Captivated by Curves
Judy B. Dales, Curator
Judy Dales started quilting almost fifty years ago, drafting complex geometric designs which often contained the suggestion of a curve or the illusion of a circle. Her geometric period culminated in a series of Islamic designs, complex patterns based on the equal division of a circle.
Eventually, the compass and ruler were put aside and Judy began to draw designs freehand. She developed drafting and sewing methods that allow her to conquer the technical challenges presented by curved seams, thus allowing her to translate anything she can draw on paper into a quilt pattern. This ability has tapped a deep source of creativity, allowing the creation of very personal and imaginative work.
Judy’s creative process is very intuitive and her affinity for curved lines and organic shapes, combined with a unique color sense, creates a very distinctive voice. Her recent work ranges from realistic landscapes and flower studies to fantasy-filled abstracts all of which have richness, movement, complexity and a feminine flair.