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Self-Portrait II

Where did the week go?  I’m ready to start stitching my new self-portrait and I don’t even remember if I showed you the first one (actually I didn’t).  It is quilted and just needs a label and binding. Okay, now I’ve found my place–I have a draft of more SAQA People and Portraits, I need to show you my first self-portrait, I experimented some more with Lite Steam a Seam II (more on that tomorrow), and it’s off to the races.  I’ve been channeling Picasso and because I don’t draw or cut perfectly, I have a couple gaps in putting the pieces together.  No mistakes here–this is a design opportunity.  I started with 56 pieces but am not sure how many there are now because I changed one eye and the nose after I started cutting.  I am not using fusible this time because it would not adhere to my hand-dyed fabrics and I also want to do some beaded encrusting.  This is one of my favorite things to do–just fill in an area completely with free-form beading.  Here’s an example from my interpretation of Van Gogh’s Blue Vase:


Beading Blue Vase


Final Van Gogh

I see I need to re-photograph this quilt because I added some more beading to the green leaves.

Back to my new self-portrait.  I traced all the parts onto freezer paper, ironed those onto the fabric, cut them out and glued them down with Roxanne’s Glue Baste It.

Roxanne's Glue Baste It dots

Roxanne’s Glue Baste It dots

This should hold everything in place while I stitch down each piece–no fusible this time, raw edge all the way.  I used a set of five rose parfait fat quarters plus a Moda Marble Dot that was in my stash and coordinated, and a Michael Miller black and white check. I’m doing this collage self-portrait challenge with my art quilt group ala Yvonne Porcella so I had to put in some checks in her honor.



Pieces glued down

Pieces glued down

I’ll be back tomorrow after I start stitching and have my thoughts a little more organized.  Buh-bye.

SAQA People and Portraits Exhibit

I was at Quilt Week in Paducah, Kentucky, last week.  I drove there with my friend Anne Marie and we had a great time at the quilt show and in downtown Paducah, wandering around in quilt shops and galleries and dining at a couple of the local restaurants.  We have been inspired by an international quilt group called SAQA since we went to Houston International in 2011.  SAQA is short for Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc., and “was founded in 1989 to serve artists working in the art quilt medium.”  To find out more or to join, go to their website.  In the meantime, you can view some of the quilts that were displayed at the special SAQA People and Portraits Exhibit.

Addressing Hair, SAQA People & Portraits

Addressing Hair, Viola Burley Leak, USA

Walking the Dog, SAQA People & Portraits

Walking the Dog, Bodil Gardner, Denmark

Hassan and the Glass, SAQA People & Portraits

Hassan and the Glass, Jenny Bowker, Australia

Dream, SAQA People & Portraits

Dream, Yoshiko Kurihara, Japan

Flow, SAQA People & Portraits

Flow, Joan Sowada, USA

Fully Medicated, SAQA People & Portraits

Fully Medicated, Kathy Nida, USA

A Winter's Story, SAQA People & Portraits

A Winter’s Story, Yoshiko Kurihara, Japan

Towers of Babble, SAQA People & Portraits

Towers of Babble, Pam RuBert, USA

Even the dog and the baby have cell phones!

Windblown, SAQA People & Portraits

Windblown, Maria Elkins, USA

Surrender, SAQA People & Portraits

Surrender, Maria Elkins, USA

Flight Zone, SAQA People & Portraits

Flight Zone, Joan Sowada, USA

Ittayer & the Friday Market in the City of the Dead, SAQA People & Portraits

Ittayer & the Friday Market in the City of the Dead, Jenny Bowker, Australia

Should I? SAQA People & Portraits

Should I? Pat Kumcich, USA

One Last Look 1952, SAQA People & Portraits

One Last Look 1952, Lora Rocke, USA

Watch for Part 2 of this exhibit as well as quilts from the Symphony of Colors exhibit, art quilts from Japan, and other quilts from the show.  You can find a lot of information about the portrait quilts on the SAQA website, or look up the individual artists.  As you can see, some of these quilts are quite personal.  I’ll be back but in the meantime, I’m working on my Christmas quilt.  Here is the first block.  Till next time, go out and do something, even if it’s wrong (but not too wrong).

Straight line quilting

Straight line quilting