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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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