Unexpected Beauty

Sandra Leichner2004

The National Quilt Museum

The National Quilt Museum
Paducah, United States

“I am passionate about the traditional framework of the American quilt, and that unique style is always reflected in my work. I personally refer to what I do as ‘illustrating with fabric and thread.’ The lesson I learned was to approach any artistic medium with the same view: that technique is an integral and essential step in the overall success of the final piece and its overall impact. My quilts are designed to specifically incorporate techniques that force me to stretch my abilities. 'Unexpected Beauty' took seven months to complete. Its creation departed from my usual tradition-based style in order to see if I could translate one of my watercolor illustrations into fabric.

With so much anger and media focus on the turmoil in current times, I wanted to point out that sometimes we need to be more open and perceptive to the positive messages and beauty that lay hidden just under our noses if we just choose to find them.”

-Sandra Leichner


  • Title: Unexpected Beauty
  • Creator: Sandra Leichner
  • Date Created: 2004
  • Physical Location: Collection of The National Quilt Museum
  • Location Created: Albany, Oregon, United States
  • Physical Dimensions: 51" x 67"
  • Subject Keywords: Quilt, Flowers, Floral
  • Type: Quilt
  • External Link: The National Quilt Museum
  • Medium: Fabric
  • Techniques Used: Hand and machine pieced, hand appliquéd, hand embroidered, hand beaded, machine quilted
  • Materials Used: Cottons, cotton and silk and polyester threads, fabric paint, rock crystals, wool batting
  • Accession Number: 2005.01.03

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