The Value of Gears

Judith Phelps2013

The National Quilt Museum

The National Quilt Museum
Paducah, United States

"This quilt is based on the artwork in the book 'The Invention of Hugo Cabret' by Brian Selznick. I am a member of the Cover to Cover Book Club, which reads two books annually and then the members make quilts about something representing that book. I first sketched several pictures that reflected the story, then used a light box to race each picture onto solid white fabric. Each block was then layered with batting and a solid black backing and thread-painted. I used whatever brand thread I could find that gave me the range of black to white value I wanted; to get a black-and-white photo look. I made the quilt to be viewed from both sides."

-Judith Phelps


  • Title: The Value of Gears
  • Creator: Judith Phelps
  • Date Created: 2013
  • Location Created: Battle Ground, Washington, United States
  • Physical Dimensions: 51" x 51"
  • Subject Keywords: The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Hugo, gears
  • Type: Quilt
  • External Link: The National Quilt Museum
  • Medium: Fabric
  • Techniques Used: Machine pieced, machine quilted, threadpainted
  • Materials Used: Cottons, variety of threads, metal gears
  • Accession Number: 2014.05.04

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