THE SUPPER QUILT by Donald Locke DDS
The Supper Quilt. This monumental pieced quilt, composed of 51,816 half-inch squares, is modeled on Leonardo deVinci’s famous work, “The Last Supper” (Milan, Italy). Dr. Locke worked on it for two and a half years, first creating a computer generated image of the original, enlarged to show pixels. He then selected, cut and sorted by color the 350 different fabrics used, including some of his own hand-dyed fabric. Other hand-dyed fabrics are from Joy Press of Godley, TX. The pieces were arranged on a design wall and then sewed together in strips, using a Singer Featherweight sewing machine. It is 15.3 feet wide and 5.5 feet high.
After about 1200 hours of work, the emerging design became apparent. The top was then machine quilted by Linda Taylor of Melissa, TX. The machine quilting presented a new set of problems because the size of the piece, and because the image was not apparent to anyone working close to the fabric. Linda states that it was the most challenging quilting work she has ever done.
The Supper Quilt was finished in September of 1999.
For more information, please go to The Supper’s website www.thesupper.net
The Supper Quilt will be featured at The Fabric of the Forest Quilt Show April 20 – 22 in Forks. For more information please click here.