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.