Saturday’s Quilt Jigsaw Puzzle: The Darwin Quilt

Your Saturday Quilt Jigsaw Puzzle

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The Darwin Quilt by Jean Van Bockel

“The Darwin Quilt” by Jean Van Bockel

This week’s puzzle spotlights a quilt entitled The Darwin Quilt made by artist Jean Van Bockel of Boise, Idaho for the 2014 Quilt Alliance “Inspired By” contest and auction. The piece is made from cotton fabric, and is hand appliquéd and embroidered, and machine quilted. Jean was awarded an Honorable Mention by Quilt Alliance members.

Artist’s Statement


From the DAR collection there is a beautiful appliquéd quilt made by Josephine Miller Adkins in 1874. Her family called it the Biblical Stories Quilt. It was made right after Darwin’s theory of evolution was published, This shocking new concept stirred up controversy around the world and is still debated 140 years later. I took design ideas from Josephine’s quilt but used bright colors, added a Darwin fish and put a monkey on the tree of knowledge.

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