The Theme for the Power Suit Challenge is:
I promised when I was finished with my Power Suit Challenge Piece I would show everyone a photo. Here it is, "Look At Me"
What does “Power Suit” mean to you? Does it conjure images of smoke-filled rooms where deals are made? Is a Power Suit a garment or a person? Do you plug in a Power Suit? What if a Power Suit gave you Super Powers? Using Power Suits as your inspiration, create an art quilt that expresses your point of view.
Here is my "artist statement"...I say that lightly...very lightly!Susan Brubaker Knapp's tutorial....click here if you want a great tutorial on facing a quilt.
Remember when I said I would NEVER enter another challenge as long as I live? Well, my lesson is "never say never."
"Look At Me" is my very first finished art quilt. It took me longer than I would have ever expected. If something could go wrong....it did and I'm not kidding.
Before you scroll down and see some of the "process" pieces I thought I'd tell about the process. I got a great idea from Ricky Tim's Grand Finale DVD. He suggests making a mock up so you are not attempting something on the final piece. EXCELLENT advise!!! I did many mini mock ups of different steps to see what I liked and what looked good to me.
Yes, this is a bold of Mistyfuse. I went through two packages of Mistyfuse and decided at the rate I use this amazing fusible....I better just have a bolt. I'm in love with Mistyfuse....I was able to get many layers of fabric fused and it remained soft....oh yeah!!!
An entire bolt....pinch me....I think I've died and gone to heaven :)
I'm only showing a few here.
Believe me, I'm sparing you tons of other mess that I made....however it is all put away now.
I learned that it took a lot of determination to keep going every time something didn't work out. I tore out and tore out and tore out. I had a puckered piece and had to block the piece no less than 4 times to get it to lay flat. People say, drink a glass of wine before you do free motion quilting. My advise is wait until 12:30 am when your defenses are low and go like a bat out of H E double hockey sticks...LOL. I tore out lots of free motion quilting that didn't look good....went back and re-stitched it. I have a very personal relationship with all four of my Famore seam rippers....yes I have four (because I misplace them and get frustrated so I have one on each surface).
I used my new Portable Handi Iron and I'm still in love with it. I noticed another feature that I missed when I reviewed it a week or so ago.
I put my hot fix Swarovski crystals on it and heated them....used my tweezers to transfer them to my piece and they were ready lickity split.
I encourage everyone if they haven't entered a challenge....jump in....it can be very difficult but I think going through the process is well worth the lessons learned.