The original Glen Eyrie was built in 1871 by the founder of Colorado Springs General William Jackson Palmer and his wife Queen Palmer who, at age 21, opened the first public school in Colorado Springs. Sitting on their 800 acre estate, the castle was the couple’s dream home. It was remodeled in 1881 with the addition of a tower and made to resemble a stone castle in 1903.
The castle sits near the famous Gardne of the Gods in Colorado Springs and these rock spires served as inspiration as I created the quilt.

The quilt was commissioned in 2004 and is now part of a private collection. 

The raggedy and frayed edges are on purpose to create a wonderful, rich visual texture. The pieces were individually place on the background and the dark background allowed me to create the space between the bricks, and individual window frames. Everything was scribbled (free motion stitching) to be held in place. Once the quilt was completed, it was washed in a washing machine to enhance the frayed edges. Unorthodox… perhaps. But it gave me the result I wanted for this quilt.


#7 John Bassill 2020-10-14 13:48
I was privileged to attend two courses at Glen Eyrie with my late wife Pauline. We were from England and stayed in the tower at the front of the building, A wonderful and cherished memory.
#6 Kay Pedrotti 2020-10-14 12:00
There are no words to articulate how beautiful this quilt is...
#5 Kay Courson 2020-10-14 08:01
I lived in the Springs for a few years in the late 80s. How did we miss this beautiful castle?
#4 Patty Bertrand 2020-10-14 07:38
What a beautiful quilt and so realistic!!
#3 Veronica 2020-10-14 01:34
Wow. I visited Garden of the gods when I was in Colorado Springs but missed the Castle. It is beautiful. What a neat quilt of it!
#2 Dixie Alms 2020-10-14 00:47
That's stunning!
#1 Sharon Austin 2020-10-14 00:16
It was such a joy being part of the last retreat at Glen Eyrie. A beautiful place to gather, learn, reflect and sew. The food was pretty awesome as well! The quilt is perfect Ricky, the only thing missing are the mountain sheep with their magnificent horns.

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