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This particular quilt is a great example of how being flexable with an idea can work to your advantage. I had originally intended to use the painted face in this quilt in the Quest-for-a-Cure quilt contest. I had the design drawn out, face painted and ready & when I received the required fabrics in the mail I knew it was never going to happen. I liked the fabrics, don't get me wrong. I just hated them with the face. They were bright almost stained-glass bold and this portrait is quiet and soft. I spent two weeks cutting up the cloth and sewing it back together again in many different ways all in a vain attempt to tone it down. I couldn't do it.
I had already entered Approaching Winter into the $100,000 Quilting Challenge and had not expected to win. So I began to think that maybe I could make my original design work using my own fabrics and enter it in the 3rd or 4th quarter of the challenge. And, that's where I started. I did get the whole design cut and laid out with appliques cleanly sewn onto iron-on interfacing. After about 2 months of work I was ready to start sewing all the pieces into place. But, I didn't. I looked at it objectively & deceided it was both boring and confusing. Without it being entered into the Quest-for-the-Cure contest, it just didn't make much sense & it didn't have much of a story to tell. So, frustrated, I scraped this idea too & started all over...again!
After 2 false starts and a couple of months of attempting to make an idea work, I began to think back to when I had begun with the painting of the woman's face. Before I painted the entire face, I did a practice painting on a small bit of the cloth I had selected. Wanting to see how the acrylic paint would look on the sueded fabric, I had painted a detailed eye. Seeing that all was well I proceeded to paint the entire face. But, I still had the eye and maybe I could develop an idea using this single eye as an inspiration! My husband suggested a peep-hole or key hole. I liked the ideas and began to thinking about a design
One thought worked with the next and eventually I came up with the idea of making a mask using the eye and saving the face for something else. I took two pieces of tulle and a layer of water-soluable stabilizer, lots of transparent silks, netting and tons of thread & sat down at my sewing machine. In about 2 days I could see that my idea to create a mask was going to work, but why just make a mask for the single eye? Why not make the mask big enough to be used on the face? This was the beginning Venetian Disguise!
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