Have you made your self-portrait quilt yet? I hope you’ve been inspired by the June issue to give it a try, just like Alex, Ricky, Libby, Joe, and I did. There’s some great advice from real experts in that issue—like Yvonne Porcella—but I’ll tell you a little secret. It’s a lot of fun if you just don’t take the process too seriously.

When I started my own quilt, I only had two things in mind. Since this was a self-portrait, I had to be orange and lime green, two of my favorite colors. And I wanted to create a recognizable image of my black-and-white Border collie puppy, Meadow.

I worked from a photo and stayed pretty much in charge while building Meadow. When it came time to do my own face, I let the fabric take over. Once I found that large-scale black-on-white print in my stash, the die was cast. How could I resist making goofy, startled-looking eyes out of the sunburst motifs? All the wonderful orange batiks I’d collected left me no choice but to give myself fabulous long red hair, a la Bonnie Raitt. In the end, I think I look stunned, rather than stunning. But hey—anyone who knows what it’s like to have a new puppy in the house can probably relate!

So make a portrait and enjoy the process. Then show it to us! We’d love to see your smiling face…Jan Magee, The Quilt Life

My portrait, in progress
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You have inspired me to try and do my own self portrait and have some fun with fabric! Thanks for the inspiration!