Jeffrey Gutcheon also was known as a quilt artist, teacher and book author. He started by illustrating Perfect Patchwork Primer written by his then wife, Beth, in 1973. He went on the author and co-author three more books and write a regular column in Quilters’ Newsletter Magazine. He was a popular quilt teacher who used traditional block designs to create contemporary quilts. His quilts used fabrics from the New York garment district, near where he lived. Later he was one of the first people to design fabrics for quilters. In 1990, Jeffrey Gutcheon was inducted into the Quilters Hall of Fame. He passed away in June, 2013.
We are very fortunate to have Jeffrey Gutcheon’s cape, Divine Elevations, in the collection of the New England Quilt Museum. Divine Elevations hung in an exhibit titled Pioneers: Teaching the World to Quilt at NEQM in 2003 that was curated by Nancy Halpern. Divine Elevations was donated by E. Judith Berger and Samuel Berger of Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Divine Elevations is currently on exhibit at the New England Quilt Museum in First Impressions: New to the Collection until March 14. Also on exhibit is Lone Star with Wild Rose Applique, by Glendora Hutson, which also was shown in Pioneers: Teaching the world to Quilt.