Edyta Sitar: Regeneration
Pumphrey Family Gallery
July 11-October 8, 2017
For Edyta Sitar, founder and owner of Laundry Basket Quilts, inspiration comes from home: her family, her garden. Born in Poland and raised in Germany, Sitar’s mother nurtured her interest in sewing at a young age. In the U.S., her mother-in-law and grandmother-in-law taught her how to make quilts. The quilts displayed here include two antiques from the Sitar family collection.
In reimagining historical examples, Sitar mixes the idioms of traditional American patchwork. She combines one-shape designs with center medallion formats, allover piecing with setting and sashing, and geometric patterns with appliqué. A playful, mix-and-match sensibility is evident, too, in the combination of print, yarn-dye, and batik fabrics.
Following the example of 19th and early 20th century quiltmakers, who used muslin to emphasize the dynamic between positive and negative shapes, Sitar is liberal in her use of off-white fabrics. She employs them as a background on which to showcase needlework, and as a way to stretch colorful scraps that might otherwise be too small or too few to assemble into a large quilt.