Friday, January 15, 2016

Rita's Pun Quilt: The Focus Ranch--Where the Sun's Rays Meet




















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.
  

10 comments:

  1. WOW, impressive piece and the pun is almost over my head!!! I had to think about it for quite a few seconds!! Another amazing work Rita. I must see this in person!

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  2. A complex quilt and a complex pun!!!! Now I know why you might enter this quilt in a show in the miniature category! It is brilliant. I well remember that quilt in Houston. So great that you and Randy found that book. I need to look at it sometime. Meanwhile I will go back and read about HOW this is done.

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  3. Oh my goodness. I love it! How interesting to learn a bit about the process of creating such a quilt. I had no idea how it was done.
    Most of the time I am the one saying, "I don't get it." I do see this one.

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  4. OK Rita! Now you have inspired me to try this technique because, I, too, remember that fabulous quilt at the Houston Show. You really MUST enter this one in a quilt show. Your pun takes the cake!

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  5. Oh my goodness. I love it! How interesting to learn a bit about the process of creating such a quilt. I had no idea how it was done.
    Most of the time I am the one saying, "I don't get it." I do see this one.

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  6. I'm speechless ( well not really ), but you have "done it again" Rita. This is fascinating, so many different techniques used so well. Thank you for the explanation...making three quilts, wow! Need to see this one in person sometime.

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  7. I'm in awe of this quilt! You've outdone yourself! Wow!!!!!!!!

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  8. Wow! Such a complicated piece that came out so well
    Very nice!

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  9. What an amazing quilt. I have seen a quilt with a similar technique. I am so impressed. Cant imagine making it.

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  10. OH MY GOSH ! Absolutely stunning ! I remember seeing the quilt you mentioned at IQF, and was fascinated about how it might have been made. Your explanation was perfect, and the result of all your hard work is yet another extraordinary quilt. BRAVO ! (And thanks for the info about the author and the book ! Am going to put that in my Amazon shopping cart !)

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