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Excerpt from American Quilter magazine July issue

McCarty explains inspiration for prizewinning quilt

by Kathie R. Kerler

Sue made her prizewinning quilt for her brother Jim. She explains: “My brother is an avid fan of the Lord of the Ring series and the later film adaptation by Peter Jackson, and I also feel it offers something for everyone as a classic story of heroes’ journeys in which all characters undergo change.”

Sue created her composition around Aragorn’s coronation as King of Gondor and his marriage to Arwen. As an admirer of Gothic cathedrals, Sue incorporated Gothic arches in the center panel of her design. The blocks on either side of the center panel represent the allies of men, elves, and dwarves, while the horse blocks in the corners balance the composition. The outer border depicts elements of the heroes’ enemies.

Viewers are usually surprised to discover this is a wholecloth quilt, created solely with Shiva Artist’s Paintstiks and thread—the quilt contains no appliqué. TRIBUTE TO TOLKIEN has won numerous awards including Pfaff Master Award for Machine Artistry and Viewer’s Choice at the 2009 International Quilt Festival, Best of Show and Viewer’s Choice at the 2009 Home Machine Quilting Show, and the Masterpiece award at the 2010 Road to California show. As a history and literature major, Sue has been so inspired by working on this quilt that she hopes to do a series on great books of literature—she names King Arthur as a possible character and the works of authors such as Jane Austin, Herman Melville, and Nobel prize winner and possible ancestor, Henry Sienkiewicz, as potential subjects. Sue believes “you have to find your own style.” There’s no doubt she has found hers.