Front, Back, Detail, Label
56-3/4 x 73 inches
Pieced by Judy Hopkins
Machine quilted by Barbara Ford
Quilt was started 7/23/95 and finished 10/15/95.
This quilt appeared in Triangle-Free Quilts. The caption says “Made to showcase Marsha McCloskeys first fabric line, this quilt also sports an abundance of green and blue-green fabrics from my stash. Judy featured this quilt in a retrospective lecture, and said, “I love pattern—patterned fabrics, patterned surfaces. This quilt was designed to showcase Marsha McCloskey’s first collection of Staples fabrics, and gave me a chance to play with a big pile of patterned fabric in the positive-negative format that is one of my major areas of interest. Positive/negative designs like Arctic Nights—with equal amounts of light and dark, in identical shapes and sizes—work well for scrap-bag quilts and for two-fabric quilts alike.” See Marsha McCloskey’s fabric line here. The label date of 2001 does not match the date in Judy’s records, which is 1995. The quilt’s name was originally “Circa 1995” and the measurements listed were 57-3/4 by 73 inches.
The Arctic Nights block was included in Judy’s Once More Around the Block book, and was on the shortlist to appear in the 501 Rotary-Cut Quilt Blocks book, but was cut to keep the number at 501.
Collection of Brian Campbell.