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Going Home

'Going Home ...'
64" x 84"
Hand guided free motion longarm quilting by Deanna Gaudaur
The fabric is all designed by my friend Victoria Findlay Wolfe
Her Neurals Line, which is much of this quilt is available in store or online Picton Fabric World
Designed and improv pieced while staying in our cabin overlooking the Huon Valley, in Tasmania.

Artist Statement
Going home …
At the end of a day ... relaxing
From being away … welcoming
After leaving home … enveloping
To hang out with friends … enjoying
For holidays and celebrations … embracing
To Mom's cooking … appreciating
With new loves … adoring
To aging loved ones … cherishing
To parents who are failing … caring
For their final days … wishing
After they are gone … longing
When it has been emptied … remembering
Going home …


  1. Hi Bill, It was a pleasure to meet and talk with you when you were in my booth (spirit of the artisan) at Houston. After seeing your website, I really cannot wait to see what you create with my fabrics from Thailand Please let me know when you post something.....Gale Carson


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