Jennifer Franz

I am intrigued by the jaguar and relate to some qualities of this animal and also envy many qualities that I lack. In my life I have received much unsolicited attention for my mane of red hair and freckles, as the jaguar has for it's golden colored spotted coat. My family's presence in my life is very important to me. The female jaguar is elusive and solitary with the exception of their daughters who tend to settle next to mama's territory. The athlete in me appreciates the stealth and power of this animal.

In this piece I portray my need to escape outside into the quiet, green spaces. I have torn my way out from my living room and am now a content “cat”.

The batik layer of fabric was actually torn from the center to reveal the photo layer underneath – leaving wonderful raw edges exposed. The quilt is bound on the under layer. I enjoy creating stencils and have used these to paint the fur. Silk ribbon was used to create the vine. The surface was machine quilted and hand embroidered. This was a fun project, I appreciate the motivation to explore myself and my art.

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About Helen Gregory

Helen Gregory is the managing editor for Quilting Arts Magazine and Cloth Paper Scissors. She has been quilting for years; however, her very first quilt, a hand-pieced Grandmother's Flower Garden design, is still not finished! Since joining the QA/CPS team, Helen's stash has grown to include many mixed-media items. Basically, Helen has crossed over and sees artful possibilities in, well, everything. Having worked for years in the quilting industry, both as an editor and in marketing, she is absolutely thrilled to be part of the QA team. Like everyone on the QA/CPS staff, she wears many hats, and was recently mistaken for Pokey's personal assistant during the taping of QA TV Season 4.

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