Tuesday, March 31, 2009

My Girl

I finished the project for Terri Stegmiller’s Faces on Fabric class. This was a fun (but scary!) class; I love painting on fabric, but I’ve never tried painting a face on fabric before.

Once I put a certain amount of work into the wall quilt, it was scary to consider all the ways I could have messed it up while painting the face.

One blog-reader commented that she paints her faces first, then appliqués them onto the quilt; this way, if she ends up not liking the face, she can do another one. I may try that in the future.

But for this round, I had to work with I started with, and that required some rework here and there.

Btw, the flower on the left side is cut from what Sherrill Kahn calls “serendipity cloth”—you know, that piece of fabric lying around to mop up extra paint, wipe brushes on, etc. I love being able to “recycle” things in my studio.


My girl’s name is Penelope, which she hates, so she goes by Pen; her friend’s give her a hard time about this by calling her Pencil (this was funnier back when her face was simply pencil lines on fabric :-)).


Donna said...

You've done such a great job on your face quilts! I like them all but the 6x6 is my favorite. I hope I can finish mine soon. Circumstances at home have thrown me quite behind. D~~~~

Sequana said...

It *was* scary, wasn't it? But I think Terri Stegmiller's lessons were really wonderful in keeping those kinds of mistakes from happening.
However, I'm pretty glad the class is over and I have a girl I'm happy with. *S*
Now I can move on to more.

Cathy Mendola said...

You did a great job on the painting! Lovely work. I know how you feel when you say painting on fabric is scarey! Unless I'm just slopping paint and dye on I'm very cautious. Detailed paintings really intimidate me on fabric.
I love how the 6x6 square turned out in the previous post. Love that one!

Sharon Eley said...

I really enjoyed your sense of humor. Actually, anyone learning a new skill goes through the same anxiety. I recently retired from teaching primary school art and children go through these same feelings each time they are introduced to a new skill. Your comments on Penelope, I mean Pencil, were precious! I also enjoyed your beautiful quilt portrait. No one would know it was your first. You need to do one of each member of the family, including the grandparents and any pets!

Loreen Leedy said...

Nicely done! I love the term “serendipity cloth.”