Monday, November 1, 2010

Patricia Tina

Patricia Tina. Known as Pat.

Inspired by:

* Trinny and Sussanah and their "Sex Bomb" episode - a glorious romp with mutton dressed as lamb

* My friend, Vicki, describing blue or green eyeshadow as "mouldy eyelids"

* My husband's great aunt - a wild and wonderful woman who never stopped dying her hair an extraordinary and rather alarming shade of orange. She remains an inspiration.

* my first ever viewing of "Mame" last Sunday.

Definitely NOT inspired by any of my red-headed friends, including our luscious ginger Twelves!

13 comments:

Gerrie said...

She is just fabulous!!!! This could be me in 10 years! LOL It is so hard to quilt faces and I think you have done a fabulous job. I will never wear blue eyeshadow again.

Diane said...

Wow -- what a strong and engaging portrait! The colors and tones are perfect and your stitching to define her is perfect. Beautifully, beautifully done!

Ruth said...

I've followed this blog almost from the beginning and never felt the urge to comment before.
But I just love this piece.
Love the inspiration, love the finished quilt.
She has SO much character.

Karen said...

This is fantastic Kirsten, she has such a personality, I feel like I know her. The stitching really makes this piece wonderful

Terry said...

What a wonderful face! It could have been a cartoon, even a little mean, what with the overdone eyeshadow and the desperate hair, but instead it is quite a loving depiction of an aging character. Probably reminds each of us of someone we love. The seeming effortlessness of the drawing/stitching is masterful. Love, love, love this.

Susan Turney said...

Love her!!!!! Is she for sale?

Kristin L said...

Ditto what everyone has said! She is fantastic. So well drawn and painted. So perfectly stitched. So much character. So much empathy. She is utterly perfect in her humanity.

Terri Stegmiller said...

Oh my goodness....I love her! I totally would not have picked this as yours. You did a fantastic job with her.

Carla said...

Wow!! Wow!!

Diane said...

How odd is it that Terri's quilt is called P'Tina and yours is Patricia Tina? That has GOT to win the award for Most Amazing Title Coincidence.

Lynn said...

She is absolutely gorgeous and your stitching brings her to life in wonderful ways. Wow!!!!!!!!!

Brenda Gael Smith said...

Pat postively exudes character!

Helen Conway said...

She is real. I think she was, in her heyday, a rather raunchy ballet dancer from the east end of London. She has had four husbands ( all of whom met tragic ends after being loved by her very much) and one famous lover about whom she is teasingly discrete. She emigrated to follow her grandchildren and now sits smoking on a verandah telling tales and shocking the parents but mesmerising the grandchildren. Occasionally she still tries her plie against the verandah ballustrade!