Archive for the ‘Bicycling’ Category

Bicycle quilts go on the road

Wednesday, May 31st, 2023

In 2015, right after retiring from the bicycle business, I made a series of quilts using vintage bicycle art. The advertising posters from the 1890’s had the sense of risk, adventure, and elegance that I thought were missing from the sportster mentality of 21st century cycling. They featured women riders, as well as an astonishing amount of innocent nudity that has been lost in the tides of pornography and prudery washing through today’s culture wars.

Two quilts will be in a multi-media show, ‘On the Road,’ at the 40 West gallery in Lakewood during June.

Two others are going to another multi-media show in Colorado Springs in August.

Most of them combine the images from vintage posters with traditional themes in quilting. This one is ‘Tour du Jour’ with ‘wild goose chase’ blocks.

What the Tour de France is not

Saturday, July 11th, 2015

I’ve been watching the Tour during July for fifteen years.  It is many things, but it does not capture much about the discovery of cycling by thousands of people over a span of 125 years.

I have a few of the prints of historic cycling posters left from my 40 years in the cycling industry.  They are appearing again in my quilts, and in these ‘softies’ to commemorate the many pleasures of biking that do not require crashing at high speeds in large groups.

All of the cycling images will be in this year’s Studio Tour, and all are for sale, too!

OK, there are some men who ride bikes…

Sunday, June 28th, 2015

My favorite posters from the 1890’s have images of women, but there are some good ones with men, too. The triangles are a traditional ‘wild goose chase’ pattern.

‘Tour du Jour’

Kay Liggett, c2015

13.5 x 17″ wide

Summer Cycling

Sunday, June 28th, 2015

Another vintage poster, adapted for silk paints, with a silk-screened image designed by Rita Bascobert for Criterium in the 1980’s.  I like the waving back and forth in the two images, joined together by hexagons hand-pieced using paper templates.

The image transfers are a new process for me.  I find that enjoy them most when combined with traditional piecing.  The grouped hexagons are most often part of a ‘Grandmother’s Garden’ overall pattern.  For this quilt, they may represent cobblestones or just the refraction of light on a sunny day at the parade.

‘Parade’ by Kay Liggett, c2015

15.5″ x 13″ wide

Put a Little Quilt in Your Life!

Sunday, June 21st, 2015

I am enjoying the challenge of making smaller quilts that have all the best features of quilts as we think of them.

GOOD MEMORIES  form one role of traditional quilts, through theme, design, and fabric choice.

TEXTURE comes from piecing, quilting stitches, and embroidery.

LAYERS of construction add different levels of interest.

JOY from the happy combinations of colors from fabric, thread, and paint.

‘Great-Grandmother Had a Lot of Fans’ is about 13 inches tall, uses the Grandmother’s Fan design and a silk painting to celebrate the feminine side of cycling.

The Glory Days of Cycling

Sunday, June 7th, 2015

Bicycle advertisements from 1890 through the 1950’s often featured the elegant feeling of gliding through the air.  I have been using images from classic bicycle posters in a series of small quilts to celebrate the ‘scorching scandal and emancipation’ that bicycling created for women in the United States.   The first big bicycle boom in the 1890’s created the pneumatic tire and a demand for paved roads, as well as women’s voting rights in 1920.

This detail is from the ‘Cobblestones’ quilt which uses lots of little squares.  It has been fun to match traditional quilting patchwork with the vintage poster  images.