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A Sense of Adventure countdown

The deadline for A Sense of Adventure show with SAQA has been extended!  I gave up on my entry when the Feb 28 deadline was crushing me along with learning Word Press and working with my business coach Cyn Long of Cyn Works.  More on that another time…

So I have this piece that I began near the beginning of my Scar Tissue series.  I am having some problems.

  • for one thing, I made my border too narrow to allow for a sleeve and the required sleeve width is the usual 4”.
  • besides that, I think I want the border to be wavy on the outside like on the inside.
  • most important:  the quilt isn’t large enough for the minimum dimensions.  required: min: 36”  max:  42”   Actual size:  19 1/2” x 31”
  • the silver pieces you see are aluminum I cut and sewed to the quilt.  This makes it difficult to maneuver while sewing.  What was I thinking?!  (impatience!)

Here is what I started with

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Here are some ideas I worked on PSE

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Idea 1 is to extend the wood grain style quilting into the new border addition and borrow the quilting style I used in Flow in the Scar Tissue series.

Idea 2 is to make window panes with additional lacy fabric inside.

So far, I sewed more border fabric to the narrow ends.

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You can see that I sewed the front and back, right sides together on the edge of the quilt so that there are no raw edges.  The third pic is testing possible ways to make the additional border space look intentional rather than just trying to make it bigger.  In the third pic I am considering sewing the lacy fabric on top of the fabric instead of the cut out because of the sleeve issue.

Did I say that the problem solving is one of my favorite parts???  Surprised smile  Yup.  I still do.  I guess the time has come to do something else while the ideas marinate for a while.

So, I have this all pinned up on my design wall and as I stare at it, it occurred to me that this could be a good blog entry!  As you might be able to tell, dear reader, I am new at this…  Open-mouthed smile   (and it’s one of my assignments!)

What would you do?

I’m also trying to find the words for something like rising in the mist…   or spirit rising…   for a title…   What to you think about Exhale  or Sigh of Relief ?

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SkyGirl Dolls

 

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SkyGirls are characters I first created in illustrations in 2001.  I had been having crazy nightmares and dreams that seemed to continue every night for almost a month.  There was a theme of exploring a mansion, meeting people from the deep past and these stray children running around like ghosts.  Eventually I was in a position to save them from a ominous force that terrified me.  That’s when I drew these girls in various situations in the dreams.  After about 8 to 10 illustrations, the dreams stopped.

I started making the dolls in 2007.  A SkyGirl doll is meant to be like a totem. A reminder of the strength of feminity; a balance between girly-girl and tomboy.

When I put them up on Etsy I was commissioned to design “Hannah” for a very sweet woman from Maryland.

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Each doll has long yarn hair, a distinctive jumper dress with a zigzag hem, heirloom stitched blouse, long hand painted striped legs, and cute boots. If you look under her dress, you’ll see she’s wearing bloomers! She even has wired limbs and button joints on her shoulders and thighs for posing.

Each doll has a custom made stand with her name and birthday painted on it.

23” tall with stand.

For a custom doll, client can specify colors, hobbies, expression, wired or unwired, or whatever other characteristics make the doll personal.

Miniature dolls will coming soon to my Etsy store.

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