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Working working working ...

The stars are aligned, and my studio is crowded but effective. I have made three men in the last few weeks. I am not showing the full quilts till they are exhibited but thought I would let you glimpse the men who are starring in them! You have seen Hassan the Glassblower, but I am putting him in again for comparison.


I just need two more clear months - but the quilts have to be finished on the 23rd January and that is why you are not hearing from me at the moment.

Attayer in the Friday Market at the City of the Dead


And an 'in-progress' image of the quilt top (which is now finished and pinned)

And last - Mohamed, who makes carved and gilded furniture in the streets behind Al Atabah

And hang in until the end of January and I will put all of them up! Quilted and finished.

At the moment only Hassan is at that point.

Happy New Year everyone.

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You take my breath away Jenny - your work is always stunning! I'll wait patiently to see the completed masterpiece.

January 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAl

Fabulous Jenny. love the way the personality comes through.

January 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterozjane

Amazing Jenny. Just waiting for them to speak. Can't wait for the grand finale. You are a legend!!

January 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Ah, wonderful Jenny! Is that Mohamed who received a photograph of himself from you. I remember his wonderful face.

these are fantastic. you are so gifted at capturing personalities in thread and film. Well, digital film. My fingers are crossed for a Postcards from Cairo book with your photographs, quilts, and Tentmaker Applique. Happy New Year.

January 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLazy Gal Tonya

Wow, Jenny, you never cease to amaze me. Wonderful! Tena

January 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

wow ... I am eagerly waiting to see those finished items ... or at least the photos ... I guess they will probably be off on their way to wherever/whatever they are for before the next CQ meeting? - if not, and you still have them - I hope you can bring them to "show and tell" - LOL

January 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteraykayem

Your work is absolutely stunning. I'd love to sit in your studio for a week and learn from you!

January 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCaron

The reverence you have for your subjects shines through loud and clear. These pieces are magnificent.

January 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDenise Aumick

Jenny, these are great portraits. they capture the moment with these men. i was hoping to see the man in the window, the third of the quilts. that was a memorable photo, with so much expression. and you did that portrait. and, it's wonderful. excellent work, jenny! carry on! rosemary

January 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRosemary@semo.net

Your translation from photo to fabric is positively breathtaking. I am in complete awe of your talent. I always look forward to a post from you and I've never been disappointed. Thank you so much for sharing with us!

January 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNancy

Amazing work, Jenny! You have captured the essence of these men and made the work very personal. I sure hope these travel to every little town so we can see them up close. When you post the final versions, please include the sizes too. Thanks for starting my day out with something awesome! Sandy

January 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSandy

Thanks for sharing these work-in-progress shots.I look forward to seeing the finished work, along with the rest of tACTile's Collections exhibition, at AQC 2009.

January 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBrenda

I am so impressed with these portraits. You have always shown a wonderful use of color, but I am blown away by what you have done with the glass blower quilt -- using the orange in the face. It is quite stunning. And the overall piece is -- wow, I don't know if I have the words. All three of them show a wonderful understanding of the subject.

January 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVirginia

Wonderful, moving work Jenny! They really capture the spirit of the men in your photography! BRAVO!

January 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJan Krentz

Sometimes I wonder about just how talented a person can be and I think you take the cake! It is hard to believe these are fabric and quilted but having seen your work up close and personal, many moons ago in Canberra when you first started to get a name for yourself,I have to say your work is awesome.
Virginia in Rye

January 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I can't wait to see the finished articles Jenny, these are amazing!

January 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChocolate Cat

And this is a wonderful example of what they mean when they say an artist, a true artist...can breathe life into cloth. So well done, I am speechless! Bravo! Andee

January 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdejablu503

I love Attayer's smug smile and the abstract, but not abstract background. All are wonderful!

January 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKristin L

So glad you posted again. Now I know why it's been so long. As always, they are incredible. I even remember the photo you posted of Mohamed and the story that went with it. Again, so real!

I imagine you are missing Egypt and all your friends there.


January 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter71square

Your love for that part of the world shines through. Look forward to seeing them when finished.

January 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMary Ann Littlejohn

So beautiful. I just found your blog and your quilts take my breath away. I just did my first fabric portrait this past year. (It is posted in the sidebar of my blog) I have started another for my parent's anniversary this summer. Your work is so incredible. I will be back often for inspiration. Jenna Louise

January 8, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterquiltcrazygal

Jenny these are AMAZING! I particularly love the color in the top one (but color is my favorite thing) but that by no means does NOT mean I do not love the other two. you are so incredibly talented, amazing job really!

Happy New YEar

Jenny, More stunning work from you!! We are so spoilt seeing what you are working on, can't wait to see them take on extra dimension with the quilting you are working so hard on right now. It will be so worth it!! The men look like they are about to step out of the quilt, they are so real.

January 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie Newman

Hi Jenny Fabulous work, I am the person who bought the fabric in Dubai for your friend starting to quilt did she get into it ok let me know at
I am also back in the southern hemisphere again in Rotorua NZ after 32 yrs and 12 countries we are now staying put.

January 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLaurie from Rotorua

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