JANET SHRUG’s first quilt ……

Meet Janet Shrug
Meet Janet Shrug

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I met Janet Shrug at AQS Grand Rapids. She was a delightful lady from the south ( I think Tennessee or Kentucky or maybe one of the Carolina’s ) and came to the show because she had entered her first quilt into this show. She had made the quilt for her daughter and her daughter encouraged her to enter the quilt in the show. Janet designed each block based on the WIZARD OF OZ series of books. She said she went thru three machines making the quilt. After the first machine broke she borrowed her daughter’s machine and then later bought a second machine to get the quilt finished. ( I call that dedication.) When Janet got the notice that her quilt was in the show, she scheduled a vacation to come to Michigan to see her quilt displayed. Her excitement and enjoyment about being able talk about her quilt was contagious.

Janet said she taught her self quilting by reading “a”book and just kind of DOING IT. Each block presented it’s own challenge and she kind of improvised to make the blocks, trying out different techniques in each block. Janet also machine quilted each block. Her style has a definite rustic folk art style to it … very whimsical and young.

What most impressed me about her quilt was that it was so original. Not from someone else’s patterns. I do not think she copied illustrations from the books (I have the series and I took a look at the illustrations and Janet’s blocks seem to be original.) Her block although original are iconic. A person knows immediately the story just looking at the quilt.

Janet Shrug's first quilt... an original design ...
Janet Shrug’s first quilt… an original design …

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COWARDLY LIONS
COWARDLY LIONS
MUNCHKINS
MUNCHKINS
SCARECROW
SCARECROW
Wicked Witch of the West
Wicked Witch of the West

I captured several of the blocks from the original photograph of the quilt. The resolution might be a little wonky but I think you can get a close up look of the original work.

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