About This Quilt Piece

Information, knowledge, democracy, diversity, and serendipity are a few of the words that come to mind when I think of libraries. But my very first thought about my quilt square was about its visual aesthetics. Departing from a traditional quilt square, I wanted to do something three dimensional, and found inspiration in a fabric flower. To represent the library and diversity, I liked the idea of a spectrum.

Libraries maintain a diversity and spectrum of thought within their collections, embracing and valuing a wide range of perspectives—encompassing all shades along a continuum as it were. But one of the things I love most about libraries is the notion of serendipity and never knowing what you’ll stumble across while browsing. The bright red flowers signify those exciting or unexpected surprises you come across in library collections which can entertain or inspire, broaden or challenge.

Ellen Holt-Werle, Librarian, Archives and Reference
February, 2011