Friday, February 27, 2015

"Face of a Stranger" (self portrait)

Project started: August 2014









This is my latest, and most ambitious project to-date.  It is a large-scale (6' x 8') self portrait quilt made of 1" squares.  When finished, the quilt will contain more than 7,000 pieces - all scraps from my fabric collection.  This is my progress as of February 27, 2015.




July 11, 2015:
Back at work in the studio after a 4 month hiatus.  
Added a few neutrals to my palette I found on a recent trip to Lake Superior.
(Orchard's Edge Quilt Shop, Bayfield, WI and Hannah Johnson Fabrics, Duluth, MN)
Getting rid of the former 8'x8' design board is a sacrifice, but have gained so much more space and sanity as a result of karate chopping it into oblivion. 

July 12, 2015:

July 19, 2015:


  
 
 
 
The top is finished in late September 2015 and on its way to my Amish hand-quilter.  I expect it back sometime in the spring of 2016.  This piece has been an incredible journey for me, taking over a year to complete (the top) - and one of the most significant events of my adult life occurred during its creation - the return of my mother after a 22 year absence.


Binding is on!  February 2016
 
Finally done!  February 13, 2016

 

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