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

 

March 27, 2015 - "Art Quilts of the Midwest" book launch & signing event, Home Ec Workshop, Iowa City, IA

Friday, March 27 @ 6:00P
Home Ec Workshop
207 N. Linn Street, Iowa City, IA

Author Linzee Kull McCray and I officially launch her new book 
"Art Quilts of the Midwest" at this meet-n-greet and book signing event.  
The evening will also include a screening of my video "A Piece of Me."

Artist List:
Marilyn Ampe, St. Paul, Minnesota
Gail Baar, Buffalo Grove, Illinois
Sally Bowker, Cornucopia, Wisconsin
Peggy Brown, Nashville, Indiana
Shelly Burge, Lincoln, Nebraska
Shin-hee Chin, McPherson, Kansas
Sandra Palmer Ciolino, Cincinnati, Ohio
Jacquelyn Gering, Chicago, Illinois
Kate Gorman, Westerville, Ohio
Donna Katz, Chicago, Illinois
Beth Markel, Rochester Hills, Michigan
Diane Núñez, Southfield, Michigan
Pat Owoc, St. Louis, Missouri
BJ Parady, Batavia, Illinois
Bonnie Peterson, Houghton, Michigan
Luanne Rimel, St. Louis, Missouri
Barbara Schneider, Woodstock, Illinois
Susan Shie, Wooster, Ohio
Martha Warshaw, Cincinnati, Ohio
Erick Wolfmeyer, Iowa City, Iowa