Jean Dunn

Jean comes from a family of women who sewed and sewed and sewed, except for Aunt Cassie who played bridge. Jean pursued garment design and construction at Baker University, Traphagen School and several custom workshops in New York City, including Brooks Costume Company where she worked on costumes for Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey! She now includes sleep under quilts and art quilts in her life along with wearable art. Jean teaches and lectures at guilds around the country. When home at Monterey Bay, she is to be found at Back Porch Fabrics in Pacific Grove, CA. teaching and selling beautiful fabrics.

My work evolves from the fabrics I love, the lessons learned from great teachers and the 'action' that is all around. A chance remark, a noticed scene, a bit of music. Piecing is most often used, but every technique I know pops up at times.

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"Our World Has Changed". Made for 9/11/01, "Our World has Changed" is whole cloth with raw edge applique denoting the skeletons of the twin towers. Machine embroidery adds texture to the towers. Machine quilting shows flames throughout the background and foreground. Cotton batik and metallic shot cottons.

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"I Made A Sleeve For My Quilt". After making a sleeve for my quilt, "I Made a Sleeve for my Quilt ". The sleeve is made of pieced velvets, trimmed with lace, gold lame', cording and ribbons. The tassels are by Lucy Lee. The background is pieced decorator fabrics. Machine pieced and quilted, hand appliqued.