Earlier Works

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Dissected

2009

27” w x 67”

In order to heal, one must acknowledge all of the scary and ugly elements in a life. Feelings of being censored, judged, mistreated, abused and misunderstood were the driving force in the beginning of this piece.

There was grief in mourning parts of myself robbed of me; elements of “self” that can never be recovered.

After a period of time, I found elements of positivity: The realization that One can stitch the torn pieces of the self together again. I used a lot of symbolism throughout the piece that I leave to the viewer to interpret in her own way.

All edges were left raw to reflect the raw feeling of this piece.  Intentional creasing and folding was used to intensify the idea of the messiness of life.

All hand dyed fabrics except the figure, which is a shimmery, lightweight synthetic.

Gold leafing, hand quilting, machine quilting, applique, stamping, sequins and beading, painting.

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Kodachrome

2008

24” x 22”

 
Exhibited at Sacred Threads 2008

Appeared in Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine June 2009

Shown at Max Creama’s, Fleetwood, PA
November 2008

Kodachrome began as a tiny black and white snapshot I found in my father’s scrap book he made while in the Navy.  I’m not sure if it’s him in the photo or if he took it.  He did own that bike though!

I wanted to make this quilt to honor my dad.  He died when I was too young to remember much and it’s been a lifetime of trying to sort out who he was with a handful of pictures, slides, a few handwritten notes and his last resume.  He passed away in 1972, one year before the song Kodachrome hit the music charts.  Its interesting that he used the film and the song really makes me think of him, the way I think he might have been.

The quilt is painted and then the whole landscape is thread painted.  This was my first attempt.  I felt that the image needed some framing so I appliqued the roses and leaves.  I was told that it looks voyeuristic.

This is the label.  I have a handful of slide negatives.

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Goo Goo

2009

36”x 42”

This is a whole cloth quilt painted with thickened Fiber Reactive Procion Dyes and machine quilted.

The star is my little Boston Terrier who I call Goo Goo (long story)!  As usual, she is sunning herself by her favorite window with her favorite toy, a red ball, next to her.

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Letting Go

2008

14.25” w x 25” h

Shown at Max Creama’s, Fleetwood, PA
November 2008

I painted the center panel after a hurtful argument with my daughter when she was thirteen years old. I was having a very hard time coming to terms with her growing up. We were always so close and she was starting to hide things from me. She began defying me. I took it very personally.

As I continued to work this piece into a quilt, I explored memories and my feelings as a mother and her point of view as a young teenager. It was a therapeutic exercise in healing and accepting that my little girl was just growing up.

The center panel is painted, hand stitched with loose threads left hanging to show how mothering will never be finished, nor should it!  The heart shaped pin cushion is studded with pins and tangled thread; oh the tangled emotions!  Roses and footprints (actual photo transfers taken from her birth certificate) and a heart with wings are my little girl growing up and finding her own place in the big wide world.

The bottom panel has the words “mothers and daughters” using metal scrapbooking letters.

Walk Away

2008

12” x 26”

Donated to Village Productions Auction 2009

Walk Away bzuazua.comThis small quilt started as an exploration with my first Jacquard Dye-na-Flow dyes on silk.  The image emerged with the muddied section that turned into towers.  It made me think of The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas by Ursula K LeGuin – from The Wind’s Twelve Quarters.
I also explored bobbin sewing with YLI Candle Light Threads, adding crystal fabric paints and raw edge applique which I removed some of the parts to show the woman who is walking away is also fading away.

Belief is MagicMagic Is Belief bzuazua.com

2008

32” x 29”

 
Exhibited

at the American Sewing Expo Challenge

A Touch of Magic 2008.
(sold to a private collector)

My take on this theme is magic in the form of believing in something enough to make it actually manifest itself in reality.  This makes me think of divination, meditation, and prayer.  All cultures believe in some kind of force, powerful and unseen and call on that force when in need.
The border fabric is an antique scarf that was salvaged using fusible web on the back to keep it from disintegrating.  I used hand painted applique for all of the symbolism.  The I Ching characters in the upper right corner were actually divined for the quilt by me.
Progress is like the rising sun
The brighter your virtue, the higher you rise.

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Leap!

2008

18” x 24”
(sold to a private collector)
Shown at Max Creama’s, Fleetwood, PA
November 2008

Inspired by my dear sister-friend who always said “Leap!  And the net shall appear.”
I tried several several techniques that were new to me at the time: fused applique, thread painting and bobbin sewing (on the net).
Machine quilted.

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City Walk

2008

36” x 39”
(sold to private collector)
Shown at Max Creama’s, Fleetwood, PA
November 2008

This is a while cloth painted quilt using acrylics treated with fabric medium.  The idea was inspired by late night and early morning walks with my husband in Old City Philadelphia.  There is a mosaic artist who did amazing murals all over the place using broken glass, ceramics, and mirror.  I treated some of the buildings with cut up sequins to reference the mosaic murals.
Machine quilted.

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Whale Watching

2008

28” x 24”
Shown at Max Creama’s, Fleetwood, PA
November 2008

This was a paper piecing feat!  Many of the pieces were fussy cut so that when you look up close you see more pictures within the picture.  The curved lines are couched with silver embroidery thread.  Machine quilted.

SkyGirl Art ToteSkyGirl Bag bzuazua.com

2007

Appeared in Quilting Arts Magazine: Spring 2007
This bag was made specifically to enter the magazine challenge: Everyone Has Baggage, What’s Yours?
I should’ve called this Everything But the Kitchen Sink! I dug into my stash and kept piecing until I had enough fabric for the bag working around the doors and windows.  There is beading, embroidery and machine quilting.  I made the handles out of wood and carved them.  The closure is a tab with a magnetic snap.  An antique skeleton key finishes off.

 

 

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