By Srianthi Perera


Linda McCurry’s art quilt depicts adversity.

Years ago, her Gilbert home caught fire around the chimney; the fire burnt downstairs near the fireplace and upstairs through the master bedroom. Her koi fish died in her pond due to the firefighters putting a flame retardant in it.

In flaming red, orange, brown and yellow, she traces the story in her quilt titled “From the Ashes.”

“There was a lot of restoration to do,” McCurry said. “You could say from the ashes we rose and came back as strong as we could.”

Stories such as this are what exhibit curator and judge Ellen M. Blalock sought when she was incited to assemble the City of Chandler’s annual quilt show. Art Quilts XXVI: Stitching Stories, featuring 64 story quilts made by 53 artists from across the country, runs through Jan. 8 at Vision Gallery and the CCA Gallery.


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