Thursday, May 16, 2013
Many of my quilts just happen. Something or someone inspires me and I try to get out of the way and let it happen. I pulled this Frida Kahlo print out one day and the look in her eyes drew me in. I saw compassion and grace.
There was so much "stuff" dancing around in my head. Mostly I was thinking about family and friends (old and new) and how they all generously contribute to me in the pursuit of this passion. Grace...
I framed the portrait with a striped woven. The flowers are cut from some of my favorite fabrics as a nod to my gardening friends. The little hummingbird is for someone who just lost someone dear to her. I fused them on to give props to two of my artist buddies who shared a few of their techniques with me. This is my first attempt and it was fun - so many possibilities! Many of the border fabrics were donated to me; others were fat quarters purchased from one of my favorite stores.
The print is a silky polyester. Most of my quilts are 100% cotton, but I couldn't pass up the chance to experiment with this print. The hand is like silk and it quilted beautifully.
Here is a close up of the quilted panel. I was worried about the skinny antennae and beak staying in place, so I free-motion quilted the edges of all of the applique - just in case...
I love this quilt which is lap size 60" by 70". It represents the grace of my amazing community and I am honored and grateful to them all for their contributions.