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Monday, February 15, 2010

Something Old, Something new and a Celebration

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!

35 comments:

Diana said...

#63

HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY

I hope you have a great next half century.

katieinnebraska said...

Happy birthday to us! Yes, tomorrow is my birthday, too. What a great date to be born! (I'm almost old enough to be your mother - 67 tomorrow). Welcome to 50!

I guess number 50.

dejablu503 said...

ummm, #139...and I hope the day was lovely.... lucky you, from here on out you count backwards you know. Next year you get to be 49

Andee

Roniquilts2 said...

Hi Michigoose!!! So glad to see your post and to know you are still around. Love the quilt! Very lovely work. I'll pick #75. I pray your BD was a wonderful one for you, filled with fun and lots of good things! HUGS, Roni in MT

Jackie said...

Happy Birthday!

#181

Rayna said...

I will refrain from singing - but the wishes are flying through cyberspace, hoping you had a terrific day!

ann said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

I'll go for the #259. Why, just because.

J Marie Norris said...

Happy Birthday and I love your attitude it was a great year for me a coupla ago. Hope it is a great one for you. #50 cause it is 50 years young. jmarie

BJ Reed said...

Happy birthday! Something old, something new...wonderful. #130

Marilyn said...

I'll guess 60 cause that's how old I was on my last birthday. Happy birthday to you, and many more.

Marilyn

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday! I like the background to your quilt - and the layering of colors. I guess 50 as my number - because let's face it - it's a pretty good number1.

have a great day.

Claude Larson

wlstarn said...

May you have many many more birthdays to celebrate. I'll choose 77 for no particular reason other than the old tv theme is now running through my brain.

Wendy in Louisiana

Karen said...

Happy Happy Birthday! It's great on this side of fifty. Your quilt is lovely and celebrates passion, which it seems you do as well.
My number is 55.

norma said...

Happy Birthday! My number is 69, how old I turned last week.

norma said...

Happy Birthday to you...__•*¨*•._.•*¨*•__ Happy Birthday to you...__•*¨*•._.•*¨*•_ Happy Birthday dear Lisa..__•*¨*•.¸¸_ ¸¸.•*¨*•__ Happy Birthday to you...._ _ _ __May your day be filled with everything that truly makes you happy....._

I forgot to put in the song on my comment. My number is still 69.

For Quilts Sake said...

Happy (slightly belated) Birthday! Wow...50? No way!

My number guess is: 199

Sylvia said...

Happy Birthday! I will be 50 in about 3 weeks. Thanks for leading the way so gracefully! #202

Roberta Ranney said...

Hi Lisa -I wish you a wonderful birthday! Thanks for posting the flamenco piece and telling us about it. It is a beauty.

My number will be 212 for no good reason!

Diane said...

Happy Birthday and many more - hope you had a good day! 101 just because.

Carole said...

So glad Lisa you did reach this day... a milestone. From here it only gets better... From another one who could be your mom.
My number is 196

zquilts said...

Happy Birthday!! What a lovely thought to share your birthday with a present for your blog readers!

I'll choose 3.

marie Z. Johansen
zquilts@centurytel.net

Anonymous said...

Hope it is a wonderful birthday for you!
my number is 111
robinww@psci.net

Elizabeth in NM said...

Happy Happy Birthday! I choose number 22--my lucky number.

Debbie said...

Happy Birthday, Lisa! My number is 256

Lois Jarvis said...

Happy Birthday!!!

My guess will be my lucky number, #16 !!!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday, Lisa! May the next 50 years be filled with lots of fun! Number 24, please.

Lorchen

Antonija said...

Happy Brithday, Lisa! Hope your day was fab! Since it was also my father's birthday yesterday, I will chose 92--that is his age now. Thanks!
--Toni

Anonymous said...

Birthday felicitations! You are fortunate to share your birthday with my dear husband. Therefore, I choose the the number 219 just because I feel lucky today.
Marilyn Rose
MRoseFrenz@aol.com

Vicky F said...

Happy Birthday Lisa, past Michigoose,
I hope you had a great day. It's my sister's birthday, too! I'll guess 57 because that's the year she was born in.
Vicky F
current West Michigoose

GMYR said...

Happy Birthday Lisa! It's great to be 50 and 50+! It just gets better. Good luck with your snow-dyeing.
I'll go with number 126.
Gail

Michele at Sweet Leaf said...

Happy Birthday! It only gets better--if you want it to. 157

Connie said...

Happy Birthday. The "fifties" are GREAT so Happy Decade ahead. # 197

Michigoose said...

Thanks for all the good wishes! I'll post the winner tomorrow morning. Meanwhile, for all of you who chose 50, if you want to change so you don't double up, you are more than welcome.

I look at my piles of fabric, and I look at the big 50 and I cringe....but then, we can't die until the fabric is all used up, right?????

And Vicky, once a Michigoose, always a Michigoose. Although I have modified somewhat from living in Connecticut for 20 years, I am still forever marked by growing up in the Great Lake State...and nothing compares to the UP and the Lakes...although I admit, Superior and Michigan are my two favorites.

Lori S. said...

Happy birthday! I turned 50 a few weeks ago, and it still feels kinda surreal.

I am glad I found your blog, as I very much like your quilts.

Personally can't wait to move away from cold Michigan...

I choose number 111 for January 11, my birthday.

dejablu503 said...

The book arrived and I have plans to spend the day curled up with it all day tomorrow. Thanks again Lisa!
Andee