I had to put on hold working on this quilt for a little bit but got going on it again today. Its for the Michigan Quilt Artist Invitational and the theme this year is The Art of Music. I knew right away that I wanted to do a quilt about Ani Difranco as she is one my favorite musicians. This is a photo of the quilt just with the fusing done. The side pieces of fabric are actually a rich purple color. (I shot this photo on my design wall so there's no proper lighting or anything.)
I had bought all these fabrics when we went to IQF this past april so they've been waiting around just for this occasion. I decided to do some surface design work on it so here is another photo after I got done doodling.
One of the reasons this quilt has been on hold is because my thermofax machine decided to do an impersonation of a paperweight. So its out for repair and all will be well with that but I had really wanted to screen print some text on her face. So I begged a friend to help out and she got a screen to me pronto (thanks!!!) so I got the surface design done today. Here is a closer look at some of what I did.
I still have to quilt it and I want to do a little of beading on it. But I want to let everything set up overnight and then I will iron it to make sure its all permanent. There is paint and ink and shiva paintsticks on there.
I'm really enjoying this a lot. This quilt has actually got my wheels spinning on starting a series of quilts constructed the same way and with text overlays.
I have a couple other quilts with tight deadlines coming up so I think I will do them in a similar way. Its good to be working again! :)