My husband and I recently returned from a trip to Portugal and Spain. On the night of our 53rd anniversary, we went to a flamenco performance in Andalusia, the region that includes Granada and Sevilla. I have always loved to dance, and my quilt is reminiscent of my daydreams as I watched the exuberant flamenco dancers.
I remembered a painting of a woman's profile that I saw in a little Spanish cafe. I sketched the design with pencil, and because I saw so many Spanish women with fans, decided to add her hand holding a fan.
A lovely Sky Dyes hand-dyed fabric became my background. All other fabrics are batiks. The objects in the quilt were appliquéd using Wonder
Under. I used a zig-zag rotary blade to cut out the fan and dress. I shaded the face, eyebrow ear, hand and eyelashes with Prismacolor pencils which I set with heat. I attached the quilt to cotton batting and then to Timtek using Wonder Under. Then I added embroidery stitches to the fan, bracelet, and flower using hand-dyed threads from Artfabrik. To give the quilt a dreamy effect, I covered the entire piece with silver tulle. The next step was to outline everything, including her hair, hand, and the zig-zag designs with machine stitching. When that was completed, I machine quilted the clouds and sky in the background fabric and added the binding.