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Rebekka Seigel, Quilter


Rebekka Seigel

Rebekka Seigel started making quilts more than 20 years ago, when she learned that she was expecting her first child: Because her grandmother had made quilts all her life, Rebekka thought that quilting was just something mothers were supposed to do. Her grandmother taught her the basics, but Rebekka eventually left the traditional focus of her grandmother’s work behind to express her own personal view of the world through her quilts.

Appliqué, reverse appliqué, and batik are Rebekka’s favored techniques. The resulting creations have been included in shows from Quilt National to Visions to the American Quilt Society’s annual competition, where she has won awards three times. Rebekka also represented the Commonwealth of Kentucky in the first Great American Quilt Competition, designed to honor the centennial of the Statue of Liberty.

Today, Rebekka continues to create new works while pursuing a teaching schedule that includes workshops for adults as well as programs for children as an artist-in-the-schools. This work has taken her across the country and into Phyllis George’s books on Kentucky and American craft. You can also find her work in many private collections and in the collection of the Evansville (IN) Museum of Art and Science.

Rebekka was commissioned to create quilts for the year 2000 recipients of the Kentucky Governor’s Awards in the Arts.


The Governor’s Award Statement

The Nine-Patch is one of the oldest and best loved of all quilt block designs. These quilts are based on that old tradition, but the format of the block has become the design for the quilts themselves. Each of these award quilts is a combination of several quilt-making techniques. The fabrics are hand-dyed in small batches to create eccentricities in the color and texture. All the piecing is done on the machine, but the appliqué and quilting are entirely hand-done, and it is this concept of the “hand-made” that inspires the imagery for these pieces. Nearly every art form can be termed “hand-made” in some way, whether it is the hand that holds the pen or the musical instrument, dances through the air, or even claps to show appreciation for the art forms of others. These pieces honor and applaud the work of the recipients for the “hand-up” they have given to the support and creation of the arts in Kentucky.


Program 324

Spotlights the 2000 Governor’s Awards in the Arts with Geri Combs, director of the Kentucky Arts Council; quilt artist Rebekka Seigel, who created miniature quilts to be given to the winners; and Music Award recipient Eddie Pennington. (#324)





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