I’m back to working on my Voluptuous Woman quilt. I’ve cleared the decks and plan to devote the next 2 weeks to her.
To quickly recap: The base is a tablecloth that was given to me by my friend Ms. A. She thinks it was originally owned by the mother of a neighbor of mine. I cut the tablecloth into pieces then painted, stencilled, dyed and wrote on it. Then I resewed the pieces back together. Next, I added some embroidery. The dancing women stencils are from StencilGirl (Loose Woman 1, 2 & 3).
The drawing was done by Ms. A’s daughter, B. I coloured her drawing and then using the technique outlined in the book Pictorial Art Quilts by Leni Levenson Weiner, enlarged the drawing and printed it out to size (about 24″ high). Then I traced it onto freezer paper and outlined the graduated grey scale sections. My plan was to use this freezer paper template as my pattern pieces.
I’ve changed my plan though. I’m using this template as a guide, but I’m free hand cutting my fabrics. All those little pieces would have been a pain to cut out and keep organised. If my way doesn’t work, I can always fall back on doing it as per instructions in Leni’s book.
These are the 4 fabrics I’m using for shading the body. Oh, and I used a beige crumb pieced section (left over from “Sushi”) for the base of the body. The fabric on the left may be used for her hair – it looks ‘curly’ to me.
Anyway – this is the darkest fabric. It’s all very rough right now. I attached Misty Fuze to the back of the fabric so once it looks as I want it to, I’ll lightly press it so it will adhere to the crumb pieced base. Once I have the base as I want it, I’ll attach the body to the background. Then I’ll do some kind of raw edge stitching to attach it all. Potentially even try my hand as some thread painting? Who knows.
One step at a time. Flying by the seat of my pants. I’m glad to have finally overcome my inertia to move forward on this project. As my sidebar indicates – fear of sucking holds me back and I’ve been held back on this project for way too long.