Thursday, October 4, 2018

Portrait Backs

Before I started sewing all 25 portraits together, I took a photo of the back of each one. I was ever so tempted to create a quilt out of the backs of the portraits instead -- I find them so intriguing and silly and slightly creepy in a fascinating way. Have a look and see if you can guess which is which!

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Final Square : 25 Squares in 25 Months

And here it is, the final square!

The 25th square, after 25 months of work. I started this quilt on August 10, 2016, and here it is, September 9th, 2018 -- ie. 25 months later. An average of one portrait per month. The feeling is bittersweet as I've loved this project and have yet to be sick of it, but am excited for the new projects on the horizon once this is finished. In the coming month(s), I'll piece the squares together and do the final quilting. More soon!

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Flowers, Floating Heads, & Frills!

The latest square went through some transitions to get to where it is. Initially this one was wearing flowery clothes, and while it was sweet, it felt too yellow and was bothering me.

So, it was time to float their head time!

And then devise a new outfit – one with frills!

Friday, May 4, 2018

Square Progression : Hair Progression!

Square Progression : Hair Progression!
This was square number two, before I decided to do all the hair on all the squares the exact same white flowered pattern. Originally I'd aimed to do light yellow/white hair colors and vary the shades just as I would for the greens of the skins and the blues of the clothes on each portrait. After making this one with yellow hair, it was reminding me too much of Trump which I really didn't want on my quilt. So, I took out the hair and put on a cap! 

Final version

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Miscellaneous Projects

I got distracted for the last month by an explosion of fabric cacti and some reupholstering (see below) but have just finished portrait number 22 (out of 25) so still chugging away at my quilt!

I especially like the bandana and eye crinkles

We have an open space above our cabinets which I've wanted to fill with plants since we moved in. It's not an easy place to get to for us to take care of real plants, so fabric plants felt ideal. This past month I dove into making cacti - SO MANY CACTI!

We also reupholstered our chairs to this awesome pineapple print which I picked up a year+ ago when visiting my brothers in Chicago. The renewed chairs feel so fresh and snazzy -- Danny and I are practically actual adults at this rate!

Left is the new pattern-amazing-so-gorgeous(!) & the right is the boring-old-one-booo-snooze-fest

Monday, March 12, 2018

Portraits : A New Quilt

A little over two years ago, my wonderfully sweet, fabulously creative, hang-nail-handed (I get mine from her!), and delightful grandmother passed away. My grandmother lived until she was 95, and died only 3 months after my grandfather, who himself made it to over 100 years. There are, of course, many stories to tell about my grandparents – ones of my own and lots more that my dad or mom, brothers or uncs, tantes or cousins could share. I was sad to see them go, but also felt incredibly lucky to have had them around for so long, and happy that they were able to have lived such full lives. As my dad put it, "insofar as there's no way to avoid getting off the train at some point, this surely was as good an exit as one could hope for."

And still, my grandparents lingered in my thoughts. I had been intensely focused at work at this time and not doing much in the way of art, but a quilt idea started to form and six months later, I began my new project – a quilt of portraits. This has continued to be my main art project for the past 1.5 years, and I'm aiming to finish it within 2018.

I've been itching to share this work and am excited to show some of the process by posting the latest squares as I push forward to finish this quilt by the end of the year.

"But, Malina, why bring up your grandmother!?" Well, firstly, she was awesome! But secondly, the first square that kicked off this whole project is her. Sure, it looks nothing like her, but she captured my thoughts fully and it's completely her in that stitching.

Estelle & I – my last visit – look at those purple socks!

I often wait to share exciting news until something is 100% fully confirmed, or don't share the process until the product is complete – a perfectionist at times to say the least. So sharing this only 1.5 years into the process still feels like a step in welcoming you into how I create and bringing you along for the ride. I'll share more squares in the coming months, but for now, I'll leave you with the first in the series and the one that's still my favorite: