I'm onto the last few panels now, just the colours of the face and arms to do. They just happen to be the most tricky and I may have been procrastinating... I've decided to start putting the quilt together and quilting the pieces as I go. This is really not like me, normally I'd put everything together before I tried to quilt it. There are lots of good reasons for not doing it this way; there's a good chance I may find it harder to make pieces meet, and I might find myself unpicking things or hiding small problems, but I had such a hard time quilting the Amber quilt as it was so thick and stiff that I'm hoping this will make the quilting of the important parts much easier. I've added the seat panels and quilted the edges, I'm trying to put enough quilting in to hold it all in place without distorting the surface.
Here's part of the far right of the quilt, it's part of the seat and the train window. I'm really happy with the colours and I actually like the watercolour effect of the background. I'm always a bit dubious when trying new things so it's nice to see something turning out better than I'd expected!
And hopefully here's a better close up of the painted panels:
If you get a chance, check out the work of this street artist: http://www.jr-art.net/
He's an absolutely phenomenal street artist who began working in Paris when he was a teenager. He's gone on to take his particular brand of street art across the world, and I particularly love his Women are Heroes project.
In order to pay tribute to those who play an essential role in society but who are the primary victims of war, crime, rape and political or religious fanaticism, JR pasted huge photos of the faces and eyes of local women all over the outside of the favela, suddenly giving a female gaze to both the hill and the favela.
“It’s a project made of bric-a-brac, like the favela itself. We had to adapt to this world where the roofs of houses are made of plastic and children’s revolvers are made of steel. We managed to get by in spite of the steep streets, the unsteady houses, the unpredictable electric cables and the exchanges of gunshots where the bullets sometimes go through several houses at once”, says JR.
If you get a chance, please watch his TED Prize Speech, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PAy1zBtTbw