Adding Eyelids

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So, I looked in the mirror and what did I see? There’s a definite look to those many 39th birthday eyelids……we’ll call it “sexy” (read droopy). What you see here is exaggerated (ahem), but I think you can get the gist. There is a lower lid and an upper lid. The upper lid will, for some, cover more of the lower lid at the outside corner. It’s a matter of sleep….or excess wine or something else, maybe genes, I don’t know. When I look straight ahead, my upper lid covers a bit more of the top of my pupil than my bottom lid covers the bottom of the pupil. I also see a little pink thingy in the inside corner of my eye that, without a doubt, makes the whole thing look a bit more real. At the end, I decided to add some blue eye shadow. Haven’t worn that since…..well, I’m not saying. Now, truly, this is a bit exaggerated, but I want to make sure I have enough fabric there in the beginning so I can trim it as I go along. I will begin stitching soon and that will give the features some defining lines.
I think this whole process may scare some people, so I am going to attempt a more simplified eye (help me!) and try to get that posted soon. Please don’t fret over this. I truly just want YOU on my party quilt and I don’t care whether it is a realistic portrait or something totally off the wall, as long as it’s signed.
I’ve had the question from many friends about why I am doing a project in fabric when I am a jewelry artist. Well…..in my former life, I was a fiber artist. There was a time when I sewed every single day and, as some of you know, I taught quilting classes for about fifteen years. It’s been a very long time since my quilting days, but it feels good to get into that stash once again. I’ve always loved working quilts as collage and this portrait style is very much the same. In the future, I do see a jewelry project coming from this.
Now, take a deep breath and keep going!

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