In February I was invited by Susan Brubaker Knapp, the host of Quilting Arts TV on PBS, to participate as a guest artist. I taped 3 segments in April on Pop Art Portraits, Dollar Store Embellishments and Realistic Hair Techniques in Portrait Quilts. This quilt was made for the purpose of being a working sample for the Realistic Hair segment.
As a hairdresser I am exposed to a huge amount of hair color options and bright fake colors are popular. I had purchased the outside border fabric a while back and chose to use it in this quilt thus creating the analogous color scheme. Mermaid hair color (kelly green, lime green, turquoise and possibly blue) was my inspiration and then featuring the 1970s Farrah Faucett style haircut with the strong full side swept bangs and side layers. I am not a huge fan of brown in my work but it seemed to fit as the background.
I made the majority of the quilt in March then sewing on the TV show's sewing machine sponsor's machine, a fancy Bernina, right out of the box to do the demo. The sewing machine rep, Jeanne Delpit from FL, sets up the machine with the selected thread, foot and stitch length. She physically moves it onto the set. My taping segment was for 8 min. so the actual sewing time on camera is minimal for all the prepping done!
I returned home and put the quilt on hold until I completed other deadline projects. I finished it this week! It is titled "Farrah Wings!" which is a hairdresser jokey name!