Friday, November 2, 2018

Making Faces...








Meet "Eve", my entry in a recent quilt challenge. The challenge was Black & White Plus One Color. Gold was my choice, and I had an assortment of black & white print scraps. Eve was lots of fun to create, using snippets and arranging her stylish hair. I used fusible Wonder Under on the prints, then free-motion quilting to secure the raw edges. And there's a story that goes with the small black & white print seen in the left and top borders. Read on.



I began Eve over the summer, and in August had cataract surgery. Once my eyes were a matched set, I continued working on the quilt. Colors and vision had a wonderful new clarity. But imagine my surprise when I noticed that the border fabric noted above was not a black & white print after all. There is a small gold ring around those tiny white dots. I was unable to discern it when I had cataracts. But with corrected vision- well, there it was! Fortunately I had chosen gold as my "one other color" so it all worked out. I'm thinking of taking a sample of the fabric to my eye doctor- he can use it to test when patients are ready for cataract surgery! I pieced this big eye to put on the quilt back to remind me of the experience.




This book by Melissa Averinos was a great guide for designing Eve. She has some wonderful examples in the book.




And speaking of books, here is a little heart journal I made with a journal group I belong to. It began as a humble cereal box. With a little scrapbook paper and some embellishment, it became a loose-page journal to which I can add artwork.




The first thing I thought it needed was a pretty girl's face.  This sketch with watercolor is one I made in an online class with artist Toni Burt called Flower Power. I love her whimsical style. A little stitching added around the edges, and she's ready to put in the journal. 


7 comments:

Robbie said...

Eve is fantastic!!! I love the gold with your b/w...who would have thought of it...I did try to enlarge your piece to see the circles with the halo of gold...but guess my eyes aren't that good...hard to see. HA Very interesting and I'm sure your eye dr. will be interested in using a sample of the fabric to show before and after surgery!!! Yea for you!

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Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I also love Eve. She is gorgeous. I didn't even need to enlarge the photo to see those tiny gold circles around the dots. Personally, I think you have a fabulous camera.

You must take a lot of online classes and workshops. I am in awe of the woman's face in the heart. So different from Eve, too. You make great pieces, and your free motion stitching is to die for.

Lynette (NZ) said...

Very cool face quilt - I'm doing a machine quilted faces class later this month. Nice to see your interpretation. And I'm a sucker for hearts. Lovely work

The Inside Stori said...

This is a wonderful piece....just love it!!!!

sonja said...

keep making faces! I wonder if I am in for surprise, as far as color choices go, when I have my cataracts removed. My eye doc says "They are ripe". I won't miss the circular rainbows about bight lights at night.
Like you book art heart with face!!
and the variety of fun you have with bits and bobs and trinkets.

Jan said...

She is so cute! Reminds me of a flapper, probably the short hair and black and white theme. I like your sketch of the girl at the end in the heart book even better although I appreciate how much work went into the fabric girl. Keep up the good work!