Mary Zeretzke

Title: Reunion

Artist Statement:

Having seen the Gee’s Bend Quilt documentary plus all the quilts online, I am most attracted to the quilts made using mostly sold fabrics.  That was the inspiration for me to gather many different pieces of cotton solid color fabrics purchased in the early 90’s.  I also knew that bits of my mom’s fabrics had to be part of this quilted piece, as they are in many of the quilts I make that “stay home” or go to family members.  The emerald green, bright turquoise and the violet plaid are from dresses my mother made for me in the 1951’s and 60’s.  The title reflects the feeling of getting reacquainted with fabrics that have been at the bottom of shelves for several years.

Creating this quilt in the Gee’s Bend style using whatever size strips you have, adding it to another fabric with no intent to achieve perfect corners was a challenge.  Then it became downright fun.  I think there will be more to come from my studio using this approach.

Mary began her first quilt in 1981; that first attempt was finished four years later.  Since then, she has been working on several quilts at once, with more in the planning process.
In the 1990’s she was a member of Sunshine Gallery, a local art co-operative.  Making many quilts over the years, Mary has won numerous blue ribbons at the annual San Juan County Fair.  She was a member of Sunshine Gallery, a local art co-operative.  Since the early 1990’s, she has been an active member of Rainshadow Quilting Arts Guild and The Wild Rose Quilters.

In the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, Mary was a board member of the non-profit group, Island-Artisans, who annual post-Thanksgiving sale of artisanal products, supported high school graduates intending to pursue art in college.  In retirement, Mary continues to make quilts as gifts for family and friends and she donates several quilts a year to various charity organizations.