Judy Ross

Roses of Elizabeth Park

© Judy Ross, The Roses of Elizabeth Park, full
© Judy Ross, The Roses of Elizabeth Park, full

 

© Judy Ross, The Roses of Elizabeth Park, detail
© Judy Ross, The Roses of Elizabeth Park, detail

The Roses of Elizabeth Park is an abstract representation of the roses of Elizabeth Park. I tend to make quilts that are bright in color and like to use fabrics with sheen such as satin, silk, and tulle which contrast nicely with the commercial and hand dyed cottons. I like the texture which is produced when satin is quilted.

Elizabeth Park was opened to the public in 1897. It is the home to America’s oldest public rose garden. Charles Pond donated the land to the City of Hartford asking them to name the park after his deceased wife, Elizabeth. In 1983 it was awarded the National Registry of Historic Places. It is a beautiful park to visit with the beautiful rose gardens and pond. I wanted to honor the spectacular park with a quilt.

Old Drake Hill Flower Bridge

© Judy Ross, Old Drake Hill Flower Bridge
© Judy Ross, Old Drake Hill Flower Bridge, full

 

© Judy Ross, Old Drake Hill Flower Bridge, full
© Judy Ross, Old Drake Hill Flower Bridge, full

I tend to design pieces that are abstract in nature but are often based on photographs or watercolor paintings. Old Drake Hill Flower Bridge is an abstract interpretation

of the beautiful flowers hanging on the old bridge. It was based on an abstract watercolor painting I did. The Old Drake Hill Bridge was built in 1892 across the Farmington River in Simsbury. In 1992 it was replaced by a new two-lane bridge. In 1995 the Old Drake Hill Bridge became Simsbury’s “Flower Bridge”. Gardens of annuals and perennials were planted at both entrances to the bridge, and wooden flower boxes, made by local high school students, were hung along the railings.

Volunteers continue to plant and maintain the flower bridge. The bridge is always beautiful and a relaxing place to visit and bring guests. I used brightly colored commercial and hand dyed cotton and used white satin as the background as a contrast and as a base to do free motion quilting. I like to use a fabric with sheen so that my quilting adds texture to my quilt.

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