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Quilt Stories

Each quilt has a story. The stories for the quilts were told by Libby to sister Ellen Askey, at the kitchen table on Feb. 24, 2017 while spending the weekend at Ellen and Bill’s house in Magnolia, Texas. Stories are paraphrased by Ellen with Libby’s exact words in quotes. Additional stories were added as Libby reflected on her creative journey in the process of gathering the quilts for this auction. To read the story of each quilt, simply click on the image of the quilt. Enjoy!!

Accolades

Upon learning of the Libby’s intent to offer her collection for auction, several world renowed quilters contacted her.  Among the comments: 

Michael F. James

“When I think of energy, color, pattern and movement, and ‘makin’ a joyful noise’ I think of Libby Lehman’s work. Her quilts embody all of those qualifiers and more. Squares and circles loop, intertwine, fuse and dissolve through spatial illusions that seduce and intrigue. The magic that she creates with needle and thread is unparalleled, and has inspired legions of today’s quilters. Hers is a unique body of work that builds on the past while standing squarely in the present.”

Professor and Chair
Dept. of Textiles, Merchandising & Fashion Design
University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Alex Anderson

“Can an event be bittersweet as well as exciting?  Purchasing a quilt made by Libby is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.  Libby was a trailblazer and innovator when quilting was making a comeback.  Her journey from traditional handworker to groundbreaking machine quilting makes each creation of hers more precious.  Libby is simply amazing:  she set the bar very high for excellence in quilting, inspiring others to follow her lead.  Her studio art quilts have won so many awards, and they appear in private, corporate and museum collections.  There will never be another opportunity after this to own one of her quilts. Her collection is definitive, but also finite.  And anyone who purchases one of her creations will cherish it forever.”

Best-selling Author of 30 quilting books
Silver Star Award Winner – International Quilt Festival
Co-founder and Co-host, The Quilt Show

Ricky Tims

“I have been friends with Libby since 1994.  She is a true "national treasure". If you have ever had the opportunity to take a class of hers, attend one of her lectures, or just talk to her, you know this to be true.  She has always been innovative in her quilting and a perfectionist with her workmanship. Unfortunately, in 2013, her quilting career ended abruptly after brain aneurism led to a massive stroke. She has made a miraculous recovery and is enjoying a wonderful quality of life. It is a sad truth that she will never again be able to quilt as she did prior to her illness. Libby is a great friend and I love her dearly! She is a light and inspiration to us all.”

Internationally recognized quilter, teacher, and speaker
Best-selling Author
Co-founder and Co-host, The Quilt Show

Maurine Noble

“Libby Lehman is an innovator in the field of decorative machine stitching and a master of the art.”

Author of the bestseller, “Machine Quilting Made Easy”

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Online Auction March 28 - April 12, 2017

Libby Lehman: Trailblazer and Innovator

Libby's quilts have been displayed in the
Smithsonian Institute and the National Quilt Museum

"Libby is an innovator and an extraordinary artist.  Her impact on quilting can be seen in the work of hundreds of other quilters.  She has made a lasting and meaningful impact on quilting in so many ways."  Frank Bennett, CEO, National Quilt Museum.

Quilt collectors from around the world will seize the opportunity to bid on 50 quilts by world renowned quilter, author, and teacher Libby Lehman.  There will not be another opportunity to acquire one of Libby’s quilts.  In April 2013, Libby, considered the innovator of machine embroidery, suffered a near fatal brain aneurysm followed by a stroke.  While Libby has made an amazing recovery, she is no longer creating quilts as she once did.  

Libby’s quilts grace the walls of numerous museums and private collections around the world. One of her quilts, “Joy Ride,” is recognized as one of the twentieth century’s 100 best American quilts.  Libby and her husband, Lester, have decided to offer her remaining quilts in an online auction, comprised exclusively of quilts created by Libby

***  Joy Ride Quote From Karey Bresenhan  ***

“In 1982, for the first time ever, an "art quilt" was recognized with a Best in Show award at the International Quilt Association's judged show, in Houston. Six years later, in 1988 - also for the first time ever - the prize went to a machine-quilted quilt. These were profound changes; quilting by machine had previously been thought of as cheating.  As the nineties rolled in, quilters began experimenting with all sorts of sizes, dyes, materials, and embellishments.  The creator of this quilt forever altered the public's perception of machine quilting.  She popularized thread painting, using a sewing machine to embellish the surface of the quilt. As you can see, it gives the work a beautiful luminosity. There's a structural form to her design, but it is covered in free-form stitching. This was groundbreaking, and Joy Ride was later chosen by industry experts as one of the twentieth century's one hundred best American quilts.”  Karey Bresenhan

Libby Lehman's Joy Ride (Not for Sale)

Karey Bresenhan, is the co-founder of the International Quilt Association, a founding director of The Alliance for American Quilts (now Quilt Alliance), a co-founder of the Quilt Guild of Greater Houston, and a founder of the Texas Quilt Association, as well as co-founder and co-director of the Texas Quilt Museum. In addition, she has co-authored several quilting-related books.

 

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Many of the quilts in this auction are featured in the video's below

 


Featured Quilts

Nautilus

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“Nautilus” was one of Libby’s earliest quilts made after taking classes with Mother (Catherine Anthony) from Nancy Woodward Davis.

Libby said people always think she learned “at my Mother’s knee”, but in fact they “learned together” to quilt. This fabric came from the Sew Natural shop in Santa Fe, and Libby chose a shell design “because it was the hardest” and “to challenge myself.”

After accomplishing her goal, including “turn over appliqué”, she “moved on”. The current auction of Libby’s remaining quilts is a continuing example of her “moving on” approach to life as she looks forward to the next chapter after rehabilitating from health challenges.

Year: 1981

Size: 62” x 59”

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Red Sky at Morning

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Red Sky at Morning

Libby remarked that on this early quilt, “I planned it with orange and yellow and brown but it ended up mostly red-ish and black”. Libby’s explanation for the change was “because this quilt had a mind of it’s own.”

Libby acknowledges that her quilts often determine their own destinies and maybe this one was trying to recite the old adage, “red sky in the morning, sailor take warning.”

Year: 1982

Size: 46” x 31”
 
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New Mexico Suite: Pecos Summer

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New Mexico Suite: Pecos Summer

“Pecos Summer” was inspired by summer weeks spent at Martin’s Ranch near Pecos, New Mexico. While there Lester (Libby’s hubby), Les (their son), our Daddy (Jim Anthony) and the other men fished while the women read books, took walks, talked, and played games.

Libby has many happy memories of Pecos, shared with family and friends like the Walsers, the Loopers, and Susan and Gary Gartner (who later were such faithful friends during Libby’s stroke recovery).

Blue summer skies and mountain streams, and green foliage left their marks on this colorful quilt, and Libby says the royal blue was a suggestion from Daddy that she said “made all the difference” in the quilt.

Year: 1983
 
Size: 59 1/2” x 59 1/2”
 
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$11,000.00

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New Mexico Suite: Native Sun

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New Mexico Suite: Native Sun

“Native Sun” is another hand quilted product of Libby’s New Mexico Suite series. Libby said this is her favorite quilt in the series because of the title. She liked that “it could mean either Son or Sun.” The pretty colors reminded her of sunshine and sky in the Land of Enchantment, and the idea of “Son” reflects the sort of kinship Libby feels with the “Land of Enchantment”.  

Year: 1984

Size: 62” x 62”
 
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$11,000.00

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Daydreams

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Daydreams

“Daydreams” was an early quilt made for Libby’s father-in-law, Johnnie Lehman (or “Po Po”) when he was moving into assisted living. Libby created it purposefully in “peaceful colors for him to look at”, and Mr. Lehman enjoyed it in his room for many years. With his passing Libby got the quilt back, but Libby says it feels like a “rental” to her now. She hopes it “will find a new home” again soon where it can bring comfort and peace to another person or family.  

Year: 1986
 
Size: 29” x 53”
 
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$4,725.00

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Times Square

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Times Square

Once again, Libby likes the title of this early quilt “Times Square” because it is a “play on the name”. It reflects the mathematical notion of 3x3 or three squared which is reflected in the pattern of the quilt, and also the crazy lights and signs at Times Square in New York City. She added that she made it, “when I was in a Colorful mood!”

Year: 1988
 
Size: 63" X 63"
 
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$12,000.00

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Bureaucratic Maze

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Bureaucratic Maze  

This beautiful quilt was the result of a class given by world renowned fabric artist, author, and professor Michael James, who challenged the class to “make a maze”. (In the early days Michael used to be a house guest in Libby’s parents house when he came to “The Quilt Patch” store in Houston to teach classes. What happy memories!) Libby’s “Bureaucratic Maze” was inspired by the excess paper work and confusion of government offices, which often seem like an unsolvable maze. She chose somewhat muted colors to indicate that no part was bolder or “able to make a decision” better than any other part. The pattern is random and full of unexpected dead ends, until the paper ends in folded airplanes, all pointed back into the maze. Such a pretty expression of a frustrating subject.

Year: 1987
 
Size: 42” x 35”
 
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$5,000.00

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Captive Color

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Captive Color

“Captive Color” is dear to Libby because it was one of her first to win a prize at a quilt show. This quilt won first place in the category of “art quilt, hand quilted” at an early Houston Quilt Fair. But Libby smiled at me when she added the explanation that, “the judges told me they really liked it, but don’t tell anyone, it was also the only quilt in that category.” Still it was an early victory that encouraged Libby to pursue her passion for contemporary art quilts. Keep Libby’s sense of humor and humility in mind when you gaze at this beautiful and carefully designed quilt.  

Year: 1989

Size: 59” x 47”

Quilt measurements are approximate and may vary slightly.

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$9,500.00

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Frenzy

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Frenzy

“Frenzy” explodes with energy and excitement! This quilt will simply Not be tamed or silenced! Libby told me about a time when she was standing near this quilt with our Mother, Catherine Anthony, at a quilt show. A visitor remarked that she felt sorry for the artist who made this crazy quilt. Mother was quick to tell the visitor with a smile, “she got her craziness from me.” Libby reported that the visitor walked off quickly while Mother was still chuckling. Libby said “some people just take it all too seriously.” Libby never does!

Year: 1990

Size: 76” x 86”

Quilt measurements are approximate and may vary slightly.

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$25,000.00

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Tidewaters

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Tidewaters

One year Libby decided at the last minute to create a quilt to submit to the Paducah quilt show. However, she only had ten days from January 1st to 10th to make it. Since she was going for the “art quilt, large” category the quilt had to be a minimum of 60” x 84”. She worked on it “non-stop from about 6am until 10pm for ten days, but there was a problem. It was only 82” in size.” Libby enlarged the binding which made it qualify and also “made it so much better”. She met the deadline and qualifications to have a beautiful entry in the Paducah show that year. Paducah was always one of her favorite shows, and it happened to be the last show Libby participated in before her stroke in 2013. Libby picked the name “Tidewater” because the colors remind her of the ebb and flow of the coastal tidewaters near their bay home in Port O’Connor, Texas.

Year: 1994
 
Size: 64” x 80”
 
Quilt measurements are approximate and may vary slightly.  
 
 
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$20,000.00

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Flotsam

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Flotsam  

“Flotsam” is the biggest quilt Libby ever created, and she considers it “one of my most successful quilts”. Libby explained that, “me and my quilts are 50/50. They have a mind of their own.” She said this quilt just “took a life of its own,” so it ended up really big. Libby also likes to select the perfect name for each of her quilts, which she says is like naming children, except you already know what they are going to be when they grow up. Libby liked the name “Flotsam” which she says fits this quilt because it is fun to think of beauty in swirling “floating debris”. In fact, Libby liked the name so much she put it in big bold letters on the back of this quilt, so this quilt could wear its name with pride and self confidence.

Year: 1995 

Size: 76” x 96”

Quilt measurements are approximate and may vary slightly.

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$25,000.00

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Native Tongues

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Native Tongues

Libby has always been a linguist and word-meister, loving the logic and sounds of other languages. English and the Texas version of it were her first languages. She learned Spanish and Russian in school, and Swedish on the boat on the way over to be an exchange student there her senior year in high school. As Libby traveled the world she always embraced other cultures and learned to say the basics in other languages. This quilt is covered with hearts because it is a “Thank You” note to people all over the world who have welcomed Libby and shared with her a love of fabric art and the fellowship of the worldwide quilting community.  

Year: 1999

Size: 24” x 35”

Quilt measurements are approximate and may vary slightly.  

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$3,500.00

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Fanfare

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Fanfare

You can practically hear the trumpets and drums announcing the arrival of this quilt. “Fanfare” demands your full attention! Libby may have been inspired by her early days as a lieutenant in the Memorial high school drill team, the Marketttes. For this quilt Libby used “fabric by Melody Johnson, a friend whose work I admire. It is very colorful!” Libby said this quilt includes “potluck appliqué” where you “cut out and stitch the top and bottom together.” She used her hands to explain the procedure to me, which was so clear to her but so new to me. Always the teacher, sharing the art she loves!  

Year: 2000

Size: 43" X 43"

Quilt measurements are approximate and may vary slightly.  

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$8,750.00

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Windfall

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Windfall

Libby described “Windfall” simply as, “It’s big.” She said, “I wanted to make it about 50”, but it ended up 87” because “the quilt talked to me and said, ‘I want to be Big’.” So she just let it be Big. Libby always encouraged her students to “listen” to their art and to not be afraid to follow where it leads. She also liked to listen to music while quilting and was known to do a little line dancing between quilt steps if she had country western or Jimmy Buffet music playing. Libby used two of her favorite colors in making this quilt, orange and green, but then again, her favorite colors change from time to time. You can’t help but wonder - was that Libby’s choice or the quilt’s?  

Year: 2000

Size: 87” x 87”

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$25,000.00

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Lincoln Logs

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Lincoln Logs

When Libby was framing this quilt it finally got it’s name. Libby said, “the green frame suddenly reminded me of the Lincoln logs I used to play with as a child.” I liked this quilt a lot better when I added the green frame, it just “made the quilt”. It needed it for contrast.” This quilt was another challenge Libby gave herself to make something different and unique from her other quilts. You be the judge – did she succeed? She thinks so.  

Year: 2001

Size: 48" X 48"

Quilt measurements are approximate and may vary slightly.  

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$10,000.00

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Farm to Market

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Farm to Market

“Farm to Market” has a definite country flavor with all it’s barn reds, yellow sun, and earthy colors. However, it has a very contemporary feel with its lines and checker board patterns, giving the impression of fields of planted crops or pastures. Although always a “city girl”, Libby spent much of her childhood looking at the rows of cotton and corn, heading south on U.S. Highway 59 on the way to Edna, Texas to visit grandparents or later driving to Port O’Connor. Her memories of farms and agriculture are preserved in the creative contrast of different colors and patterns, and there’s a lot to look at and enjoy in this quilt! God bless America!  

Year: 1996

Size: 36” x 36”

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$5,850.00

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Drift VI

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Drift VI

In the Drift series Libby enjoyed experimenting with different leaves, colors, and patterns. The fall colors have always been some of Libby’s favorites, and she liked the contrast of the randomness of flying or fallen leaves and the exactness of their placement in this quilt’s pattern. Each quilt in the series is different, but it’s easy to see the “family resemblance” in all seven.  

Year: 2004

Size: 53” x 43”

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$10,000.00

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Drift IV

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Drift IV

The seven quilts in the Drift series had an accident in their creation story. Libby said during a trip in Hawaii she saw that one of her Drift quilts had a big rip in it. She “strongly suspected the T.S.A. was involved in causing the rip” in transit. Libby cut out six big leaves, which she said, “reminded me of the Monstera tree leaves in Hawaii”, and used them to mend the rip. Libby was surprised when she realized that “the fix had made the quilt better,” and big leaves became a theme for the series, as if they had “drifted” into the picture.  

Year: 2002

Size: 40” x 52”

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$10,000.00

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Rococo Rifts

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Rococo Rifts

Libby defined “Rococo Riffs” as something fancy and elaborate, and like a riff in music this quilt improvises a solo of its own. Libby’s friend and fellow quilt artist, teacher, author, and musician, Ricky Tims, inspired this quilt with his music and his quilt “All that Jazz”. Libby also borrowed from her calligraphy skills to add the elaborate design to this quilt. Libby decided to make this quilt “based on three quarters time in music”. Libby said, “it reminded me of a waltz – graceful but with a steady count of 1-2-3, 1-2-3, 1-2-3” just like the pattern in the quilt. She reminisced that our parents used to love to dance together, and “The Tennessee Waltz” was their favorite. Sweet memories of those we miss!  

Year: 1981

Size: 59" X 59"

Quilt measurements are approximate and may vary slightly.  

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$15,000.00

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Piñata I

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Piñata I 

“Piñata” is the largest of the three samples, each made from one yard of Ricky Tims’ dyed fabric and Superior Threads. Libby said she loved using Ricky’s fabric because she “likes his patterns and colors” and she wanted to use piñatas, “because they are fun!” Libby is so Thankful for the many opportunities to share her passion for quilting with others through classes, seminars, television pieces, magazine articles, and her work!  

Year: 2011

Size: 33 1/2” x 33 1/2”

Quilt measurements are approximate and may vary slightly.  

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$5,500.00

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Piñatita IV

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Piñatita IV

Libby chose the name “Piñatita” for the smaller samples, because it means “little piñata” in Spanish, spelled with a special “ñ”, the 15th letter of the Spanish alphabet. Libby said not only was the name fun to say, but it was a reminder of a popular game at children’s parties where the kids take turns whacking the Paper Mache piñata while blindfolded, until it breaks open and out spills all sorts of candy and small prizes. The ensuing scramble for the goodies is the really fun and Fast part!  

Year: 2012

Size: 23” x 23”

Quilt measurements are approximate and may vary slightly.  

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$3,500.00

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Piñatita V

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Piñatita V

Many students enjoyed taking Libby’s classes, especially at the Super Seminars Libby did with her dear friends Ricky and Alex. Libby said these samples were for a class on how to use the Bernina Circular embroidery attachment, which was one of her favorite classes to teach! She especially enjoyed helping those students who had struggled with circles on quilts in the past. Libby said it was like a Fiesta to watch students finally succeed in making circles easily on their Piñatitas, and then hearing that they couldn’t wait to get home and make more!

Year: 2012

Size: 23” x 23”

Quilt measurements are approximate and may vary slightly.  

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$3,500.00

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High Hopes

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High Hopes

Libby said that “High Hopes” was inspired by a quilt exhibit she “saw in France entitled ‘Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow’ by the artist Deborah Lunn” whom she admires very much. Libby overcame many frustrations in working with circles until she mastered the technique on Bernina machines. Unlike some artists, Libby never missed an opportunity to share the techniques she mastered with others, always looking for ways to make them available to everyone, and to make even circles, as she always says- “easy peasy”. Throughout Libby’s life she has kept her expectations and her hopes high!  

Year: 2012

Size: 39” x 39”

Quilt measurements are approximate and may vary slightly.  

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Opening Bid
$7,250.00

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Watch Your Step: Fall

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Watch Your Step: Fall

The “Watch Your Step – Fall” quilt was Libby’s first quilt in the last series she was to make before her stroke. Libby chose to use a familiar theme – swirling leaves. Only this time instead of watching them fly in the sky she looked down to see how they scurried across lawns and driveways after they had come to earth, and finally settled in new places. The results in this quilt show motion and stillness in the fall colors Libby loves so much.  

Year: 2012

Size: 42” x 42”

Quilt measurements are approximate and may vary slightly.  

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$8,500.00

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Watch Your Step III : Beach

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Watch Your Step III : Beach

Libby has always loved to walk on beaches, whether at Port O’Connor, where Lester takes her by boat to an island to pick up sand dollars, or walking on other beaches all over the world. “Watch Your Step III- Beach” was easy for Libby to draw from her memories of rocks, sand and water. Memories she would not have had if all her attention had been on watching the sky and only looking up. This quilt was a satisfying success for Libby. It was the last quilt Libby completed before her stroke in 2013.  

Year: 2012

Size: 42” x 42”

Quilt measurements are approximate and may vary slightly.  

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$8,500.00

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Watch Your Step V   Back Porch

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Watch Your Step V Back Porch

Libby said the inspiration for “Watch Your Step V- Back Porch” was an unexpected source. She was “in a fabric shop called the “Back Porch”, near Pebble Beach California, buying fabric when she looked down and saw a wonderful pattern in the hardwood floor. She took a photo of it which she enlarged and used as a pattern incorporated into this quilt. The swirling part of the design was inspired by watching water swirl down the drain in her own back porch patio in Houston after a big rain. Once again, watching her step, paid off.  

Year: 2012

Size: 42” x 42”

Quilt measurements are approximate and may vary slightly.  

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$8,500.00

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Watch Your Step II Mushrooms

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Watch Your Step II Mushrooms

Asked to explain which mushrooms inspired her quilt “Watch Your Step II- Mushrooms”, Libby said, “I looked down and saw mushroom fairy rings in yards all over Houston after any rain.” She was fascinated by what could pop up underfoot overnight and with the beautiful symmetry of the mushroom rings and the mushrooms themselves. She turned her fascination into beautiful art with precise circles and lines and realistic colors.  

Year: 2012

Size: 42” x 42”

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Watch Your Step IV Dry Creek

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Watch Your Step IV Dry Creek

Libby’s mother, Catherine Anthony, loved to plan and plant enclosed courtyards and patios. One of her favorite things was to create the illusion of dry creeks, with hidden drains, (so necessary in moist climates like Houston). Libby saw the natural rocks Mother transported to her Santa Fe courtyard or even to Houston, combined with just the right color of stones and sticks. Libby appreciated the hard work and artistry of the resulting “dry creeks” and used them as her inspiration for the creek in this quilt.  

Year: 2012

Size: 42” x 42”

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Caught between Right and Wrong

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Caught between Right and Wrong

Libby said she challenged herself in this quilt to make it without including any colors other than black, white, and shades of gray. What she learned from this quilt was that she “loved and craved the beauty of an array of colors”, in her quilting and in her life. Nevertheless, this quilt makes a bold statement about the conflict between “right and wrong” and the lightly patterned and different shades of gray demonstrate how some things cannot be categorized easily as strictly good or evil. However, Libby’s basic optimism and compassion couldn’t help but creep into this quilt in the comforting shades of muted mauves and slate blues, which shadow the dark clouds of the conflict dominating this quilt.  

Year: 1986

Size: 48” x 60”

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Nampejo

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Nampejo

“Nampejo” was a name Libby thought embraced all of the Native American influence of the Southwest, and New Mexico in particular. She loves the coral and turquoise colors of this quilt and wears them often in her Indian jewelry choices. Inspired by the innovations of Native American artists, Libby challenged herself in this quilt to make it in the shape of an octagon. Since this was early in Libby’s career she felt very satisfied when she achieved her goal. The victory encouraged and strengthened her resolve to continue to challenge herself in trying new things, which resulted in her becoming known later as one of the pioneers in contemporary fabric art. She always encouraged her students to “Be Bold!”.  

Year: 1981

Size: 43” x 42”

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Hiatus

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Hiatus

Spring breaks were the type of hiatus which Libby said inspired her to make this quilt. She chose peaceful colors and patterns which gave the feeling of “rest and relaxation”. Libby told me “everyone needs a hiatus from time to time” to re-group, re-coop, and re-energize! Whenever Libby took a little time off, she always returned to quilting with an energy and productivity that was Amazing!  

Year: 1997

Size: 25” x 22”

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Downpour

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Downpour

The name of this quilt was a “no brainer” for Libby. This quilt was always about the torrential rainfall that happens around Houston from time to time. Libby said the large circular raindrops were representative of the “big rains we have in South Texas”, and anyone who has lived here knows what she is talking about. This quilt clearly shows its origin in swirling brown waters of bayous and rivers, driving rain, and Lots of floodwater. “Better head for the high ground!”, as they say in Texas when the dark clouds roll in and the thunder begins to rumble.  

Year: 2002

Size: 23” x 23”

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Christmas Sampler

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Christmas Sampler

Libby remembers hanging this quilt for many years in their home on Knipp Road in Houston at Christmastime. Libby loves the season and always decorated her house in unique and original ways, to be shared with a big family on both sides. She particularly remembered her son Les getting “excited to see the quilt because it meant Christmas was near”. She also remembered her great niece Elizabeth Arnold (now Dennis) photographing this quilt as a teenager when Elizabeth was just discovering her talent and interest in photography. Libby likes to think this quilt could be a tool to inspire other artists, or in any case, a really nice Christmas decoration for someone to share with loved ones during the special season.  

Year: 1982

Size: 62” x 62”

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Mornington

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Mornington

“Mornington” was named after a place in Australia in the far southern part of the continent, “not too far from the South Pole”, according to Libby. This quilt reflects Libby’s memories of a beach filled with small houses, all lined up in rows, and lots of sun and sand. Libby remembered, “how much fun I had there with Rachel Clark. We went to see the fairy penguins in the most southern part of Australia.” Libby treasured her worldwide travels, sharing her quilting expertise, making new friends, and seeing all kinds of inspirational sights.  

Year: 1999

Size: 58” x 58”

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Shapes - Sample

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Shapes - Sample

This smaller quilt was a visual aid for Libby in her studio and in her classes, used as a reminder of the early possible shapes which could be made from her sewing machine. Of course, she would go on to master many other shapes as time went by and as the Bernina machines added more and more features, much to Libby’s delight!  

Year: 1990's

Size: 29” x 17”

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Woodland Chromatics

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Woodland Chromatics

“Woodland Chromatics” was one of Libby’s earlier experiments in “dealing with hues and saturation”, like the half steps in a chromatic scale in music. Libby said she enjoyed searching for just the right fabric colors to make the transition from warm colors to cool colors. The search provided a good reason (not excuse) to add to her “quilter’s stash” of fabric. Libby’s good friend and fellow artist, author, and entertainer Alex Anderson filmed a segment for the television show ”The Quilt Show” (co-founded by Alex and Ricky Tims) in which Libby explained her organization of threads and her fabric “stash”. As always, Libby and Alex had a good time filming the segment together in Libby’s home studio in Houston, while sharing some information And some laughs.  

Year: 1984

Size: 63” x 63”

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Chocolate Lovers’ Delight

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Chocolate Lovers’ Delight

Libby made this early quilt for her sister-in-law Doris Warren, who loves the colors brown and peach, And Doris loves Chocolate! (You haven’t lived until you’ve had Doris’ homemade chocolate cake with Blue Bell vanilla ice cream!) Libby had only been quilting a few years when she made this quilt, and the family was only beginning to recognize that Libby had a special flare and talent for the fabric arts. It took a while until the family truly understood that Libby had a special Gift, but with great pride we finally appreciated that she was a “rock star” in the quilting world. Now our pride and gratitude overflow!  

Year: 1980 (Oldest quilt in the auction)

Size: 62” x 50”

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Echo Southwest

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Echo Southwest

“Echo Southwest” was an early quilt when Libby was beginning to experiment with shapes tilted with a New Mexican flavor. The beige colors and slate blue reminded her of the canyons, desert sands, and blue skies around Santa Fe, always one of our family’s favorite vacation destinations. New Mexico is truly deserving of the state’s slogan, “Land of Enchantment”.  

Year: 1982

Size: 61” x 62”

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Baffled Arrows

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Baffled Arrows

This quilt was another creative idea and fun quilt for Libby to make in some of the earlier years of her career! This time she chose to accent the “baffled arrows” in bright turquoise, deflected by unseen forces but certainly arranged in an enticing pattern on contrasting shades of mauve and gray. This artwork was inspired by the artwork of Native American Indians and perhaps just a smidge by the John Wayne movies of Libby’s childhood. Libby said, “the color contrast from light to dark was interesting to create.”  

Year: 1986

Size: 68” x 54 1/2”

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Refractions

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Refractions

Once again, this quilt was the result of a challenge given by world renowned quilt legend Michael James in one of his classes. Libby loved to be challenged and in this quilt she unleashed the bright colors and repetitive but reversed pattern to deliver her answer to the challenge in “Refractions”. Job well done!  

Year: 1994

Size: 55 1/2” x 40”

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Migajas

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Migajas

In New Mexico when you want both red and green chile sauce on your enchiladas you tell the waitress you want “Christmas”. This “scrap quilt” is certainly a “Christmas” example of “Migajas” (which means “leftovers” in Spanish). Libby says she used lots of pieces of fabric which were “leftovers” from other quilts, plus she added a little new flavor of her own to spice up this tantalizing dish! Ole!  

Year: 1985

Size: 25” x 30”

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Poinsettia

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Poinsettia

“Poinsettia” was inspired by the beautiful plant of that name, with blooms of bright red bracts (that look like petals) surrounding small yellow flowers. Libby sketched and painted flowers and shells in her youth, so the transition to fabric art was a natural next step for Libby. However, Libby was not afraid to take familiar subjects and turn them into exciting and new forms, as demonstrated in this complex and bright quilt. Libby liked to hang this quilt at Christmastime, but it is a beauty for any season!  

Year: 1987

Size: 41” x 41”

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Venus Comb Murex

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Venus Comb Murex

The artistry of this quilt is not only in the shell made painstakingly as the focal point, but also the wavy lines of quilting on the blue background and the shell pattern on the outside sandy brown fabric. In this early quilt Libby demonstrated her patience, attention to detail, and “color sense” which would serve her well the rest of her career. This is a perfect beach house quilt, or reminder of the same wherever it calls home.  

Year: 1980

Size: 31” x 38”

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Team Spirit

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Team Spirit

“Team Spirit” is one of two quilts which Libby calls her “football quilts”, not because the circles represent footballs – they do not, but because she worked on them while watching football on television. She said this quilt was a “happy one because we (either the Rice University Owls or Houston Texans) won the game!” She loved putting in the circles and outlines of circles, representing a happy crowd celebrating their team’s victory.  

Year: 2008

Size: 23 1/2” x 23 1/2”

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Circle Times Two

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Circle Times Two

“Circle Times Two” is the more serious of the two “football quilts” because Libby tried to capture a more serious subject in this quilt involving solar flares and waves in the ocean. Like a football game, this representation reminds observers that nature can be both a friend and at times, an enemy. From the overall bright colors and balance between squares and circles, it looks like this quilt comes to a conclusion of peaceful coexistence, hopefully!  

Year: 2008

Size: 23 1/2” x 23 1/2”

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Ripple Effect

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Ripple Effect

“Ripple Effect” has a predominant circle with ripples and a fading circle on a background of floodwaters. Returning to a common theme of Libby’s – the torrential downpours and large raindrops that flood Houston from time to time. Libby said it also reminded her of some people who make big splashes and ripples, while others make smaller splashes but still effect the lives of others. Similarly, Libby sometimes taught or spoke to large groups, and other times her generosity and compassion are quietly offered to one person at a time.  

Year: 2011

Size: 52” x 39”

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Star Encore

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Star Encore

Like most of Libby’s earlier quilts, “Star Encore” was an experiment of sorts. While most quilters were striving to make their quilt squares identical in some ways as they were repeated in a pattern, Libby chose to make each star in this quilt unique and special in it’s own right. She called it “Star Encore” since she felt like each star had it’s own story to tell, just as an artist, when an audience requests an encore, tries to offer a little more of the same performance, but something slightly different. Bravo, Libby!  

Year: 1986

Size: 43” x 43”

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Threadplay

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Threadplay

Libby made this small quilt while “on camera” with Ricky Tims, filming a segment for the television show “The Quilt Show”. Libby loved to share her skills with others, and she loved sharing the spotlight with her dear friend Ricky! This sample of “the illusion of ribbon” also graced the cover of Libby’s book Threadplay, and became a well known example of Libby’s innovative technique and work. This little quilt is not only a gorgeous piece of art, but also a sentimental memento of an important moment in Libby’s career.

Year: 2009

Size: 17 3/4” x 17 3/4”

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Native Habitat

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Native Habitat

“Native Habitat” took a lot of dressing and undressing until Libby was happy with the result. She said, “I thought I had finished it, but I was not happy. I decided to fix the quilt with a square, but then I tilted it at an angle- better. Also, the binding was striped and too little, so I fixed that with a bigger binding. Finally, it seemed right. The binding needed to be bigger and when it was, it was good.” It took a lot of changes until Libby got down to the true habitat of this piece, but it was worth the effort. If Libby does anything, she likes to do it Right!  

Year: 2006

Size: 49” x 49”

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Threadplay II

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Threadplay II

“Threadplay II” is another quilt Libby made as a sample of her new thread techniques by the same name. Libby loved to have small samples in many different colors and shapes to use as teaching aids in her classes. She also enjoyed experimenting with colors and new techniques, and samples like this purple and pink piece with big hearts on top were the result. Many of Libby’s extended family have benefited from her gifting of these samples which have become precious keepsakes from their much loved and adored “Aunt Libby”!

Year: 2010

Size: 15 3/4” x 15 3/4”

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