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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


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.


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 ?


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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