You can see my previous blog post about this quilt here. Below is what I've accomplished since the last photo I shared!
I worked on filling in the rest of her face, did some basic swirls in the background and lines on the chest:
|Thread painting of my friend Jessica--she died 3 years ago at 27 of Ewing's Sarcoma.|
I love how the back looks! I always think it is like a ghost image of the front. And this time it also reminds me of the energy that flows through us--Jessica did energy work and massage, so I'm sure she would like this representation of herself.
|Back of the thread painting after 3 bobbins.|
Aurifil generously provided all the threads for this quilt, and the bobbin thread is # 2320 (light toast). The next bobbin focused mostly on the hair:
|After 4 bobbins.|
The next bobbin I did some basic filling in on the brightest areas on her hair and shoulder, and started filling in more of the background:
|Thread painting: 5 bobbins.|
I love how this angle catches the sheen of the Aurifil thread:
|Thread painting quilt progress.|
Finally I got to add the highlights to her face (and still more layers to the hair)! This is where I felt it come alive:
|Six bobbins of work on this thread painting portrait quilt.|
How I'm Feeling
I've been a lot calmer this week of working on this quilt. After my first child was born she started giving him copies of her favorite childhood books, these are three she gave us before she got sick:
The Teddy Bears' Picnic -- I remember my mom reading this book and singing the song.
Thunder Cake -- after her memorial service they had a potluck and I used the recipe at the back of the book to make a thunder cake (chocolate cake with tomato sauce in it).
Wynken, Blynken and Nod -- this is one of our favorite books in our entire collection. The rhythm of the story is really nice and the illustrations are beautiful.
The last time I saw Jessica awake I took the second two books to read to her. She was in hospice, but had a nice view of a courtyard. It was a difficult visit, nearly 3 years ago. It was months before I could read Wynken, Blynken and Nod without choking up.