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Blooming

Dimensions:  
Width: 38 cm (15 in)
Height: 38 cm (15 in)
   
Technique: Raw-edge appliqué, free motion quilting, pencil drawing, hand-sewn faced binding
   
Materials: Cotton batik fabrics, cheesecloth, cotton/ polyester batting, cotton, polyester and rayon threads, fusing material, stabilizer
   
Colors: Gray, blue, fuschia, orange
   
Artist Statement: Thirty years ago, embarking on motherhood, we took a trip to Cape May. I went down to the water’s edge to smell the sea and listen to the waves. I was blooming at eight months pregnant and I felt such happiness!
 
Today the baby, who was born a month later, is 30 years old with two children of her own. And the cycle continues.
 
I used lots of free motion quilting to show the waves and sand. I used cheesecloth for the frothy water. I did lots of quilting on my face to bring out the contours of the bone structure. I zigzaged my hair with variegated thread so it would look wavy — that’s what it really looked like years ago when I had long flowing hair. Ok, maybe I made it a little redder — Artistic license!
   
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