Sonia Ruiz – Series #2 – Abstract Sugar Skull

Abstract Sugar Skull

For the abstract theme, I was thinking of a spattered painting.  I started by tracing my original pattern of the sugar skull on heat and bond then placing bits and pieces from my scrap pile onto it then ironing it creating the skull appliqué.  I’m not sure if this is considered a crumb technique.  On the background fabric I started by adding several colors of Angelique fibers, then added heat and bond to some similar fabric strips and then sliced them around 1/4 inch and placed them all around the skull shape. Since that wasn’t enough texture for me I added metallic threads.
For the eyes, I didn’t want them dark so I appliquéd the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe in both the eyes, then fused the skull down.  Still not enough texture, I decided to couch silver metallic crochet yarn all over the piece.  Once everything was in place I covered the piece with black wedding tulle to hold everything down.  Since there is a lot of texture and colors in this quilt, I decided to quilt it in simple vertical lines.  I still felt it needed a little more, so I hand embroidered little crosses throughout the whole piece with gold floss, then couched around the eyes, nose and skull with a think black rope like thread.  I finished it off my binding it with a transparent fuscia ribbon.
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  1. Sonia, your technique certainly worked, this is a vibrant abstract design.

  2. carolinehiggs

    Great technique and a stunning result.

  3. quilterpaola

    I am always fascinated by Mexican colours and cultures. With this fine work, bring me back to the tradition of “Dia de los muertos” Bravo!

  4. Chantal GUILLERMET

    Interesting how you created the skull appliqué ! I like the background with the use of ribbons and floss.

  5. joanbrailsford

    Wonderful colours in all parts of this quilt, and such a lot of processes to give it that rich design. I love how you have used so many textures, and the whole piece has turned out really well.

  6. I am always amazed by your use of different techniques and how well it works for your piece.. The colours are beautiful. Well done.

  7. English quilter

    The different techniques have come together well to create a unified piece. The background has wonderful movement, while making the colors of the skull area “pop”. The Lady of Guadaloupe eyes are a great addition.

  8. What a lot of work to reach this effect. I really like the way you made your skull an abstract and colourful piece. There is so much to see in it, well done.

  9. studiociboulette

    I love the way it turned out. Your creativity is incredible. Beautiful!

  10. So nice how you created this new fabric for your skull. The way you did the background and the quilting is great.

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