Blog for 2021
A look back at my creations and news for 2021!

This post has a lot of photos. Even I am still entranced with the process. And I know that in 6 months, I won’t remember how I did it. So it’s here for future reference, as well as to share it.

I started this back in January, getting photos of the hands of my mom, my daughter, and my two granddaughters. And me. (Side note:Getting a photo of a 7 month old’s hand is not a feat to be underestimated.)

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I had the photos enlarged in black and white. Using my light box, I traced each hand onto a piece of clear, plastic template. (Side note #2: That light box was pricey, but I have used it dozens of time. Very worth it.)

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Again using the light box and the templates, I traced the hands onto white cotton. Next comes filling the hands with small pieces of fabrics in different tones of ‘skin color’.

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This is all done with glue appliqué, raw edge. My mom’s hand in the center, above, had to be totally removed and redone. The colors were a mess.

Everybody got fingernail polish. Ruby Lou had blue initially. But upon consultation, she stated, “Actually, Grammie, I don’t like blue. I like pink and purple.” So the blue came off, and the purple went on.

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Once the hands were finished, I filled in the background with the red batik. It stayed at this stage for quite a while as I pondered what to do next.

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I decided to add wavy pieces of turquoise with hopes to have a swirling, water effect, a sense of life flowing amongst us. (Note the purple fingernails and mom’s new hand.)

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Things went pretty fast after that. I added the Tree of Life, with bright, new spring leaves. Still going with the ‘life theme’.

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Next came the seed stitches. For me, they represent the idea that, like seeds, we are just blowing and flowing through this space. Here for a minute, but for a lifetime.

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And lastly, using my longarm, I stitched some floral designs in the corners. Just because they’re pretty. And filled with life. And pink for Ruby. I was very heavy handed on the layers of stitching so they’d stand out. I knew I would be covering this piece with black tulle, and they had to come through that.

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Now I was on the home stretch. I covered it with the tulle, and quilted the fire out of it. All those raw edges had to be secured down.

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The back is pretty cool, too!

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Hands of Time full copy e1639332342290

It’s about 28″ x 20″

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Thanks for checking in!

Debbie

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