X’s & O’s in progress

This series is inspired by the crossbeams of the Ben Franklin Bridge and optical illusions I saw at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia Pa. 

The idea is simple.   The design is all about exploring the X and O shapes.  I was surprised by all of the options! 




“16” x 17.5”

This is a smaller piece I made for experimentation.  It’s the baby to Untitled (below).

I really enjoyed working with such simplicity.

Blue: low water immersion dyed.  Black and white: commercial cotton. 

Quilted in matching rayon thread.  Hand stitching: embroidery thread.




Still working on this piece.

Studying the way Optical illusions work, I attempted to create a spinning illusion. 

These individual circles were a technical feat!  It took several attempts to get the individual squares lined up correctly.  The piece is almost finished.  I am attaching layers of rope behind each circle make the piece three dimensional and hand sewing black cotton around the edges to hide the rope.  Next is figuring a practical way to hang it.

“Bulls Eye”



Still stitching!  This is my first entirely hand made quilt, including the piecing.  I work on this mostly at shows or watching a movie.






On the same thread of “Cellular” but using a very different technique.  These are all individual pieces using a freezer paper method.  I’m not happy with some of the construction results so a lot of hand sewing is to follow.

Blue: Low water immersion cotton.  Red: silk.  Black and white: Commercial cotton.

Quilted with matching rayon thread with exception to silver on the red.




Still in progress.

This quilt utilizes reverse applique, which means the design is sewn on several layers of fabric.  Then each shape is cut away revealing the layers underneath.

I began couching my favorite yarn, a multi color with metallic threads, around the edges of the revealed shapes.

All artwork, images and text © 2011 Barbara Zuazua. 
Please contact me for permission to use.


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6 responses to “X’s & O’s in progress

  1. Wow Barb! I didn’t realize how much you have been doing- I am AMAZED by all the beautiful things you have created! You are truly talented. 🙂

  2. Your work is amazing! The untitled quilt is excellent, it drew my attention immediately and pulled me in. It really reminds me of a cell. Wow. You have a wonderful range of products, I am sure you are going to succeed. I loved your dolls too. they are beautiful with an other worldly appeal. Great work!

  3. Hey Mommy 🙂
    Everything looks WONDERFUL! I am so proud! I wanted to let you know that the pictures from “Bulls Eye” down on this page are too close to the captions in relation to the other pictures. I know how hard you worked on this, so I thought I’d let you know. I love you so much – and I think you should send me a bunch of business cards so I can spread them!
    :* xoxoxoxo

    • Thanks Sweetie! I will check this out. I had a bunch of pages go “wonky” on me when I had the Go Daddy to WordPress switch. Thanks for the heads up. I’ll have to go and check everything out.

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