Paintings & Quilts

Posted by on Feb 8, 2016 in Exhibit, Painting, Quilts
Paintings & Quilts

Ella Gardner’s paintings — and quilts! — are featured in a new post at Ann Quilts, the popular blog by the professional quilt artist, restorer and author Ann Wasserman (thanks, Ann!). Some excerpts are below:

My friend’s grandmother Ella Gardner was a prolific painter. And she also made quilts. She painted lovely scenes of rural Wisconsin life, her Amish neighbors, and my favorites of course, quilters doing what we do best – making and loving our quilts.

The Comforter

“The Comforter”, watercolor, 16″ x 12″

Ella’s “making up for lost time” resulted in a portfolio of 700-some paintings, made between 1964 and 2007. 700 paintings! She exhibited many one-woman shows including one in the Governor’s Office in Madison, WI, in 1983.

I think both her subject matter and her spirit can interest and inspire quilters to “have fun and make things,” as they say.


Lone Star Variation quilt, circa 1945

Read Ann’s full blog post here: “>

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