It's been a cold and snowy day. Because it has been so nasty out, I'm sharing with you a quilt I made in 2004 for the Robert Kaufman quilt quest challenge, "El Ritmo Flamenco", Flamenco Rhythm.
It measures 32" x 35 1/2" and like many of my pieces has dimensional work on it. Other than the sheers, it is entirely done with the Color Rhythm fabric line which was the challenge fabric for that year. It was accepted and put in the traveling show.
As inspiration, I based this piece on a publicity photo provided to me by internationally known flamenco dancer, Teresa Romero Torkanowsky. I used Sakura Pigma pens for the features and shading. One of the hardest things was trying to get the light to look like a spot light without being too glitzy. I used a piece of irridescent tissue lame with an over layer of black netting which toned it down.
My mom, who is a fantastic seamstress, but doesn't quilt helped me with the ruffles. She taught me how to make semicircles, face them, turn them and make ruffles.
I had a great deal of fun working on this piece and it was the first of my pieces to travel in Kaufman's challenge.
Today is also my 50th birthday. In recognition of this, I decided it would be fun to have a give-away. Just leave your comment on the bottom and indicate a number between one and 259. Why 259? Well, just because. It's my birthday and I can designate whatever number I want!
The person who guesses closest to the number will receive this copy of The Quilting Arts Book by Patricia Bolton (who? Pokey Bolton of course!). Have fun and good luck!