76 x 96
The Inner City pattern is made up of half-hexagon shapes. Six of these half-hexagons are joined into an interlocking “Y” pattern. The careful selection and placement of colors and values creates a design that is suggestive of buildings. By keeping the lightest value on the top, the medium value on the right, and the darkest value on the left of each “Y” a three-dimensional effect is achieved. This illusion of depth reminds one of buildings clustered tightly together, common in the inner city.
The hundreds of different fabrics were gathered over several years from purchases and as gifts shared by many quilters. The colors are clustered into purples, reds, blues, greens, and black, and they melt into one another as they move across the face of the quilt, symbolizing “neighborhoods” which touch and interact to make up the whole. The lightest yellows and white create a light source that seems to be shining in to wake up the sleeping city.
The hand-quilting design begins with an expanding spiral from the brightest area and changes to other geometric patterns as the colors change. A clamshell design fills the darkest area including the black outer border.
The quilt won a blue ribbon in Pine Belt Quilters’ show and Gulf States Quilting Association show, was juried into AQS in Paducah and IQA in Houston in 1997. It is pictured in Joen Wolfrom’s Color Play, Lucy Fazely’s Quilt Style, and Maggie McCormick Gordon’s The Quilter’s Resource.
In 2013 the quilt was part of 25 Quiltmakers in 21st Century America, an exhibit to six venues in China sponsored by the US Embassy (Beijing) and Arts Midwest (Minneapolis) and SouthArts (Atlanta). Rise and Shine, Inner City was selected for the catalog cover, and Martha traveled and spoke in Beijing and Dalian.