The pun – a very sophisticated form of humor most often greeted by a hearty groan. Truth be told, your sense of humor either loves a pun or you respond with, “I don’t get it!” When Alice threw down the gauntlet with this challenge I wanted to try a broken needle technique but what would be the point? (Groan)
In another life, Randy traveled the “chicken fried steak and white cream gravy” circuit doing “The Healing Power of Humor” workshops, which included the use of humor in creativity and thus, the fun in discussing puns. When Alice gave us this challenge one of Randy’s workshop puns immediately gave me another grin and a groan. But how to construct the pun in cloth? I remembered a piece of fabric art at the 2014 International Quilt Festival in Houston. It was created by Dr. Flora Joy and was of Jackie Kennedy, Oprah, and Mother Theresa. Looking from the left you see Jackie, looking straight on you see Oprah, and looking from the right you can see Mother Theresa. In the meantime, Randy had volunteered to do a photo art piece for one of the Stations of the Cross for Lent for our Church. I then discovered Dr. Joy’s book, Trispective, the 3-n-1 Quilt, and we had the actual “how-to” for both projects.
In order to construct a trispective, three different images must be created. I decided to try my hand at painting on fabric. Think Hollis Chatelaine and the Nelson Mandela quilt that won Best of Show at Houston one year. I traced the images you see on to Grunge fabric (Moda) using a very fine Micron pen. I used Setacolor opaque fabric paint, purchased from Lenore Crawford when I took her class on turning a photo into a quilt at Quilting Adventures in New Braunfels. The completed painted images must be cut into one inch wide strips and then merged. As I was working, I never stopped repeating the mantra, “blue-green-yellow, blue-green-yellow.” Getting the strips out of order would not be a good thing. The strips were fused to a heavy craft interfacing by Pellon. I stitched between each strip to allow a fold between each strip. Before folding, the fused piece was 41 inches long. The finished piece was supposed to be 11 x 14 but the end product is 11 x 15 because the interfacing folds made the piece grow.
So what is the pun? The Focus Ranch: Where the son’s raise meat.