Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Guest #54 Introducing Bisa Butler and some African Spirit collection..

I was born in Orange New Jersey to a french teacher and a college president. I graduated from Howard University with a degree in art, and got my Masters from Montclair State University. Now I am a full time wife, mother, artist, and art teacher. My name is Bisa Butler and I am pleased to be here today with all of you!

I make quilts because they are made of the materials which draw me in. I started quilting while I was losing my grandmother and I have been doing it ever since. Quilts are comforting, they keep us warm , and make our beds soft. When we are wrapped in them we are protected from the cold. My quilts are made to hang on walls but as I make them I am able to communicate with the artwork. The cloth tells us a story of who the person was who wore it. A worn flour sack dress was worn by a woman who worked hard all of her life. I think “why not create a portrait made from the very fabric of her life?”

My art quilts tell a story based on who the image is of, and what it is made of, and also how it is sewn. If the edges are frayed and coming loose it tells of a  rough and unpolished exterior. It communicates that this person did not have time for fancy things, but had barely enough to get by. While the cloth may be ragged the faces are strong and express resilience , strength, and character.


Babita is my aunt Bertha's alter ego. She was photographed by her sister in college posing for a sensual portrait. I used that photo as the inspiration for my quilt. I used all sorts of glamour fabrics to communicate the mood of the piece. I used silks, satins, chiffons and all sorts of gilded   Fabrics. This quilt hangs in my aunts bedroom.

I get inspiration from people who have lived extraordinary lives, hard lives, but found success or salvation. This is a portrait I did of Malcolm X, one of my hero's, based on a famous portrait of him. I tried to use fabrics that reflect the character of the portrait. The African fabrics reflect his ancestry, the black stars in the border represent his nationalistic views , and if you look closely you can see New York skyscrapers sewn into his suit. My Malcolm is actually made from fabric that reflect his life and times.


This was my very first quilted portrait. It is based on a small photo booth picture of my grandparents, Francis and Violette Hammond. They had 10 children, and raised them overseas in Morocco in the 1950's. In addition to being the first African American dean at Seton Hall University, my grandfather was a U.S ambassador to Morocco. Through all of their travels and some tribulations my grandmother remained a kind, sweet, intelligent New Orleans belle.The border fabric is made from a violet print, as an homage to her name.I presented this photo to my grandmother while she was on her deathbed. I wanted to do something special for her since she had given us so much, but basically had everything. This was one thing I could give her that was special.


Sometimes I start a piece of artwork and let it become something on its own. I started this piece by working on the woman's face. The rest I guess you can say was divine inspiration. While I work my mind wanders , and while i was working I was thinking of my Aunt in California who had suffered a major stroke,which made me think of her sister and my own dear mother who died of a stroke. I was thinking that I hoped angels were looking down on them. I call this "angels will sing for you" and I dedicated to my loved ones and friends who had passed on, or were in need of an angel.


I made this quilt this summer. I am a public high school art teacher during the year, but the summer is my time.I used fabrics that I love like chiffon, netting silk, satin, and lace. I started this one as a free style meditation and let it take shape on its own. When I was done I posted in on face book and asked for name suggestions . Some of the names were: radiation, stella by starlight ( a Miles Davis song), epiphany, super nova, fire works,ooh n awe, sun goddess, and moon goddess. I never did settle on a set name, it rotates. 



I come from a family of hard workers. My father was born in Ghana west Africa and had to work very hard to take care of his family. He eventually became a college president but the going was never easy. When I look through old photos I find myself drawn to I ages of hard working men. I found this photo in the national archives of an unnamed African American farmer during the post slavery era. I had to recreate the image in fabric. I used denim to represent the worn denim overlays he wore while he worked the fields, burlap to represent the sacks that hold the crops, and plenty of soft washed cotton to represent simple folks, but clean folks. His piercing gaze says "no , its not easy, or glamourous ,but I deserve respect."


I made this quilt after my grandmother had passed on. I was feeling low one night, and was tearing up as I worked. I felt all that sadness went into this quilt. This older man is made from denim, and plaid given to me by my mother. His beard is a print of the pledge of allegiance which is a comment on the fact that many poor Americans have been left out of the American dream. His face is sewn from pieces of my grandma's old dresses.

This quilt is called the phoenix after me , and my mother. I went through a deep mourning after she passed away and I was meditating one day thinking about that moment after a person dies, then what? Do you wake up in heaven, or in some other place unknown? Maybe another plane of being altogether. The phoenix represented that moment of transformation , when we reawaken to our new selves after death. I was thinking that I wanted to create a portrait but stay far away from all natural skin tones to represent that this was not an ordinary woman. This was to represent my mother after the massive stroke, after death, first opening her eyes to a new life.

Editors note:
When I first came across Bisa's fine detailed ART quilts..
I was awed by her talent, I could feel the emotions,
see the respect she has for her subjects...
. I took some artistic license and captured
her image on this cup- I think she should consider
marketing it someday..I would want one as a reminder
of the soul that is sew much part of this lady...

IN honor of her, Elizabeth's Studio has this 
wonderful collection of AFRICAN SPIRIT fabric as a giveaway today...



OUR giveaway today is this collection of  7 yards of 
and everyone can comment to win..

Would you like this?
Bisa has a blog but I don't see
anywhere to follow her
bisabutler@hotmail.com
but if you leave her a comment
at her email address, I bet she
would be overjoyed.
Be a follower here...
and let us know have you ever
done any fabric quilts like this?
Would you ever want to make one?

Big Thanks goes out to Bisa, Elizabeth's Studio
and YOU for being part of this amazing campaign
and leaving heartfelt comments for our delightful guests.
YOU have no idea how much you really inspire them.
YOU are kind, smart and important..



186 comments:

  1. Count me in - I see beautiful fabrics are the trend these days -
    Such creativity - It's amazing what can be done with cloth-
    Good Luck to all ;)

    (i follow stash & of course will comment on Bisa's blog)

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  2. Very beautiful. I should love to make the faces of my grandchilderen that way. Very beautiful fabric. greetings from Liesbeth

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  3. Beautiful! I'd love to try my hand on these.

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  4. Absolutely beautiful! I know I couldn't do it! :)

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  5. I have yet to make a full quilt, but have happily quilted smaller objects. I think this style of quilting would be freeing and organic. I'd love to try it out with her prints.

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  6. Marvellous quilts! And beautiful fabrics never harm..

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  7. Wow Bisa your art is really a wonderful gift. I don't think I could ever but would I want to oh yeah! Thank you so much for sharing this part of yourself and kuddos to the rest of your journey..
    Madame Samm as always thank you and our sponors for a wonderful giveaway.......

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  8. I visted Bisa's blog. Her art quilts are amazing & beautiful. I love looking at these wonderful works of art, but haven't tried making one. Though they have inspired me to expand my color choices. I'm a follower & registered with Shade Tree Quilting. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  9. These are gorgeous quilts - my goal is to try and make my own meaningful (to me) portrait quilt one day. Bisa's quilts are very inspiring.

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  10. What perfect timing! We had our quilt show this past week end and I have been inspired to try my hand at an art quilt and also faces. These are beautiful and very insightful of the people & stories behind them. Thanks for sharing them!!!

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  11. Oh my goodness...I am speechless...Bisa's talent is extraordinary and so emotional...all my senses are touched by her art quilts...I have never used such fabric and would consider it such a gift if I were to be the winner of this. Thanks for sharing!

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  12. I am a Wantobe Quilter" My Sponsor is Michelle@theraspberryrabbits

    Bisa, Thank~You so much for sharing your Divine Talent with us!! Such a Inspiration you are!! I visited your Beautiful Blog as well!!

    Yes, I would try this style of Quilting!! Thank~You again Bisa, Elizabeth's Studio for your Generous Prize, and to you Madame Samm for giving me such a fun place to come to everyday!! Oh Yes, I follow you and I see some wonderful things to come in the next couple months, such fun awaits us all!!

    Huggs, Nancy

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  13. Wow, her work is stunning! I have never tried anything like this but I sure would try. Thank you for the chance.

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  14. beautiful pics! i've never made anything like those!

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  15. Bisa's work is amazing. She is painting with fabric...much more difficult than with paints. I don't have that kind of talent! I can manage straight cuts and simple applique but nothing to this extreme. Beautiful!!!

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  16. Wow, these are fantastic pieces of art. My guild has a member who also does fabulous portrait quilts. One of these days I'd like to make one. I know the picture I'd use - one of my 3 children in their teens years smiling and hugging each other!

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  17. What beautiful and unique work. thanks for bringing us another talented artist!

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  18. So beautiful! I just started a video course on portrait and landscape quilting! Thank you so much for sharing Bisa's work! It is wonderful!

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  19. Amazing and beautiful work! I have never attempted anything like this and don't think I will ever have the skill and artistry to attempt it. Love seeing her work and hearing the stories behind each piece. Thanks for sharing!

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  20. Amazing work and breathtaking. I would love to use that fabric to make beautiful quilts.

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  21. Her quilts are very inspirational! I'm not sure that i'm talented enough to make a quilt like this, but I would give it a go!

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  22. Absolutely stunning and creative inspiration in its purest form. Thank you, mme samm, for inviting her here. her quilts absolutely sing to my soul.

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  23. I can not even imagine the time and efforts put into each and everyone of Bisa's designs. She is a true artist in every sense of the word! Simply inspiring artwork. I enjoyed viewing her pieces very much. Thank you for sharing, Bisa!! Thanks to the sponsors for the giveaway and thanks to Madame Samm for making all this possible.

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  24. I have never done anything like these works of art. I have to say that I am inspired to try something like this when I have free creative time. It combines a few of my loves. While being objective art, they are abstract (and I love doing abstracted art.) They are art, but they are QUILTS. What is not to love?
    Thanks for sharing this delightful artist with us.

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  25. Bisa's quilts are one of a kind and very creative. I have been drawn to these portrait type quilts at the shows that I have attended lately, but so far my creative juices have not gone in that direction. I think that someday I might like to try a quilt like these. Thanks for sharing some of Bisa's beautiful fabric with us.

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  26. wow, you are truly an artist!

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  27. Bisa, those are beautiful!You are very talented. Thanks for sharing the amazing art and your stories.

    I'm a wantobe sponsored by quiltingbydawn and would love those beautiful fabrics.

    Madame Samm, that cup is inspired.

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  28. Absolutely amazing! This is so beautiful and awe-inspiring. Thank you for the chance. Incredible.

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  29. Her quilts are beautiful-so much detail. That technique is beyond me now. I've learned alot in the last couple of months, but I'm not ready to tackle anything like that! I'm a wantobe, follow you and am sponsored by Ellison Lane Quilts. Thanks!

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  30. I have never done any quilts like this. They are gorgeous! Not sure if my talents are extended to these types of quilts but wouldn't they be beautiful using your children's baby pictures. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  31. Absolutely incredible. I can't imagine the depth of talent it would take to make quilts like that. The fabric is gorgeous and would go well with some Ghanaian fabric I have from my trip there.

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  32. Bisa, your quilts are amazing. Such talent, so inspiring. I love the stories behind each one.
    When I see quilts like these art quilts, I wonder how the artist does it. I don't think I could ever do one of these. Thanks!

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  33. I have taken her class several times. i just love her work. she also has a facebook page. check her out.

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  34. Browsed both Bisa's blog and studio site. What exceptional, powerful, and exciting work! I sent her an e-mail. Very bold fabrics for inspiration.

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  35. Such beautiful and inspiring creations! Thanks for the post!
    No, I have never used fabrics in this way, but I like to see what other people have done :)
    I am a follower here. Thanks for the chance to win some great fabrics!

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  36. Love the fabric, but don't have a clue how to even go about making the types of quilts she makes. She has much more imagination than I'll ever dream of having.

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  37. Wow!! I am getting more interested in making art quilts and playing with color. However, nature is more my style - landscapes and flowers, I'm not very good at people.

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  38. What a precious gift for me today to see and experience Bisa's work. Many thanks! I am a humbled follower of your blog, Madame Samm.

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  39. Wow!! Wow!! What amazing work! I subscribed to the blogs feed on RSS, I just have to see what else she makes.. those are amazing! Wow!

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  40. Bisa is one talented lady, WOW! I wouldn't even venture to try anything as complicated as the beauty she creates. Thank you Bisa and Madame Samm for broadening my quilting world. ;->

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  41. Bisa ! you are a fabulous artist twice over !! your quilted 'paintings' are stunning . I have never done any what I call 'portrait quilts' because I am NOT artistice like that , so I probably would not try one . I just sew and have only been doing quilts for less than 2 years . thanks for the post and giveaway ; the fabric is GORGEOUS !

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  42. Just beautiful...I love Phoenix...I have never made a quilt like this but would love to...thank you for the inspiration...I would love to win the fabric...and I am a follower of SM...thank you for a wonderful giveaway...

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  43. I absolutely loved these quilts and the stories that accompanied them. My thought was that I'd love to spend time with this artist and try my hand at making a small wall-hanging. Thank you for this post.
    Gita

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  44. These are fantastic works of art! I have never done anything like this, but would like to learn how. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  45. Truly amazing works of art. I have never attempted such pieces and probably never will. Thanks for the opportunity to enter another great giveaway.

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  46. No, I never have. Yes, I would like too.

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  47. I sent Bisa an email letting her know how special her quilts are. Drinking in all the colors, lines, textures... what a wonderful way to start the morning.
    I'm a follower and would love the beautiful fabric.
    BTW, I've finished my Ghastlies project. It's chic and very functional!
    Hugs from Mary

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  48. What a wonderful artist with such a beautiful story - thank you for sharing with us. I was not nearly as successful when I tried something similiar. Thanks to Bisa for sharing and Elizabeth's Studio for such great fabric. Judy C

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  49. Her quilts are quite beautiful. She is very talented! I would love to work with that fabric, though I don't think my work will be quite as creative as hers.

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  50. I've never tried anything like that - her work is so full of power; very inspiring! I went to her blog to see more...Thanks, Bisa for being a guest here today, and thank you to our sponsors - lovely fabrics!

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  51. (I didn't email Bisa, but will comment here. Dont' want to overfill her email box. She sounds like a busy lady. So count me out of the givewaway.

    Bisa, your quilts are just beautiful! They so speak to me. The one of your aunt Babita (Bertha) just wowed me. Such blatant sensuality in all it's female form! LOVE IT!

    And "Angels Sing for You" -- oh my gravy -- I love it! The use of Sheer fabric against the black and white illustration... Bold! It has such a modern ethereal sensibility.

    Love the spirituality of your work... inspirational.

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  52. Wow Love Bisa's Quilts! Thanks again for the chance to win! Enjoy your day!

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  53. Great fabrics. This type of art is so far outside my comfort zone, I can't describe it. I aspire to be able to do that at some point. In the meantime, the prints are incredible and would fit nicely in a quilt that I'm planning with my african prints and a few others.

    Thanks, Jan

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  54. Wow! I was tearing up reading this post - what wonderful sentiments and fabulous art!

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  55. WOW Those quilts are so amazing! I have never made an art quilt like these. I would love to be able to make one, but they are very intimidating.

    ~ meagan
    SnippetsAndYarns@gmail.com

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  56. Bisa, your art quilts are very inspiring. I love how different fabrics on the portrait conveys different moods and emotions. Your art quilts even look fabulous on a mug, WOW! I would like a mug of the art quilt of your girl that has no name, and I would name her Dandy. Because I would imagine that is how I would be flowing when I am feeling fine and dandy!

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  57. Wow, these quilts are amazing! I am so inspired now. Thank you for offering this giveaway!

    (I follow you...and will comment on Bisa's blog...)

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  58. Bisa's portrait quilts are fabulous. I could never hope to create a portrait in cloth that would resemble anyone. She has a real gift. I love the African fabric giveaway.

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  59. Bisa I am totally overwhelmed by the beauty of your portraits. I am especially loving the angel - what incredible detail. But my very favorite is the older gentleman with the pledge of allegiance as his beard. He makes my heart swell with pride in the very thought of all that he likely overcame. You have a remarkable talent and I fully expect someday to hear of an exhibit featuring your work. But more than the talent you have soul, and compassion permeates your being. I applaud you. As for your Phoenix - I choose to see that expression as one of complete wonder as she opens her eyes on the majesty of heaven. :) blessings, marlene

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  60. Amazing!!! I have not tried a quilt like this, but would love to someday!
    Thanks!

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  61. These portrait quilts are wonderful! I have always been a huge fan of African inspired quilts. My first log cabin was actually bright African fabrics and I just loved it. I will be looking to see if I can find your blog. I would love to see more of your work!

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  62. Beautiful art quilts. I've tried - but it's not easy! At least for me! And the use of "slippery" fabrics is an additional challenge! Hats off to Bisa!!

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  63. These don't look like quilts, but paintings! They are absolutely gorgeous! Such talent. I am awed.

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  64. Her quilts are amazing! On one of my visits to The Gambia (where we have a project for children with special needs) I brought a bunch of fabrics. They are really cheap, extremely beautiful but hard to use. The fabric is really, really thin! All the more reason to almost faint at seeing what Bisa did with them. Excellent!

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  65. What striking fabric - I'd love to add these to my collection. The quilts are beautiful - I've never attempted anything like them, but I'd like to try!

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  66. Oh my goodness.... this woman is TALENTED. What a blessing! Her quilt-art is nothing short of amazing. I will definitely be watching her blog.

    hdelacruz15@gmail.com
    I'm a WANTOBE registered with Jane's Fabrics.

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  67. Thank you so much for this post, I really enjoyed it. Bisa's work is outstanding. I've sent her an email and visited her blog.

    Thanks again to the sponsors.

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  68. This work touches my heart. It is amazing. I sent her an email. I took a class with Charlotte Warr Anderson years ago and made a portrait of a ballerina's face. I would love to be able to do what Bisa does, but I do not have that artistic ability. I am a quilter, I follow here, Jillily is my sponsor.

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  69. An artist myself, I would love to create with textiles instead of paint and brush. I will wait until I am more confident with straight lines...

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  70. Thank you for sharing Bisa's work today.

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  71. Wow that is such amazing art work and those fabrics are so beautiful. Of course I follow here, I'm a wantobe, and my sponsor is Amy from Diary of a Quilter.

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  72. Oh, these quilts are breathtaking! So beautiful, and evoke such emotion, as art should. It is like a peek into Bisa's soul. I have seen similar quilts, but never with this much color or impact. It makes me want to try this method. Thank you!

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  73. Wow what beautiful quilts!
    I don't think I could ever attempt anything like this!!!
    I'm a follower and sponsored by Dawn!

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  74. Wow, you are a truly gifted artist. I can feel the emotion you put into your work. Truly amazing! Thank you for sharing with us.

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  75. I have not made any quilts with faces on them. I always admire the work that went into creating such art. I don't know if I could do what these artists do. It must be hard to come up with all those different fabrics to create the right shading.

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  76. Wow just doesn't do it! This is such fabulous work! Wow! A true artist! Samm, the cup is extrordinary! Hoping you each have a wonderful day!

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  77. I'm fascinated with the work of Bita, really all show a great love for the people who inspired and eyes of each face convey a very natural expression and according to the story they tell.
    Unfortunately, your blog is not updated. We have already won so wonderful to see quilts. A dream to do something well .... Thank you!

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  78. I have never seen anything this amazing! Just stunning, a true artist. Love the one of your Grandfather!
    Madame Samm, love the cup!!

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  79. WOW...her art quilts left me speechless. So fabulous! and a great giveaway too....thanks

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  80. I'm so moved. The emotion. The texture. The pureness of the subjects. This really resonates with me! Bisa, thank you for taking the time to share your work. You have reminded me that there is no limit to what I can use in a quilt and that emotion is a main ingredient!

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  81. Hi Everyone, WOW!! I have never seen quilts done in this way. This is true art, just not with canvas and paint. Absolutely AMAZING!! I will be leaving Bisa a message to congratulate her on her incredible talent. Hugs n Blessings from Sue in Oz xx

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  82. Fantastic work! And a truly wonderful post to read.
    And the fabrics are stunning!

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  83. Wow, such beautiful work- thank you for sharing! I will follow her blog now & would love to win these fabrics. I have been searching for African fabrics to finish a double-ring wedding quilt as a wedding gift for my best friend. Thank you for the opportunity!
    Heather
    heather-birdcraft.blogspot.com

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  84. Those quilts are amazing, that takes a special kind of talent!

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  85. Amazing art! I did a challenge quilt of my own image not long ago. It is very difficult, but very fun. I would love to try again with a different subject. Thank you Bisa, Elizabeth's Studio and Madame!

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  86. Fantastic work. I love looking at Bisa's work, but don't think I would ever be able to create something like it. Thanks so much for the chance to win.

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  87. You always know when someone has 'it', that true talent that is indefinable and isntantly recognizable....and Bisa has it.
    Heading over to check out her site now and I am a faithful follower.
    Darc

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  88. OMG how did you know that I coveted African design. This is the most beautiful and amazing fabric that I have seen in years. I beg you to please pick me. I may not make it without this fabric. I so see a dress in there for me and a bag. Heart racing and palpating.

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  89. I have no words...these art quilts have so much more than surface beauty. Strolling through these quilts is a stroll through expression, emotion, memory, creativity, soul....a beautiful experience.

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  90. What amazing talent. To create art that captures all the emotion express in Bisa's quilts is incredible. Madam Sam I love the cup.
    I follow here and I would be overjoyed to win the fabric.

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  91. These fabric portraits are wonderful. There is beauty in every square inch.

    I would love to win the fabric.

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  92. Those quilts are so beautiful and so inspiring!

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  93. I make quilts but Bisa is an artist. I'm ame in awe!

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  94. I've never done this, but greatly admire it. It is a unique art form. I would love to try it.

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  95. Well, before I can leave a comment I have to wipe my tears away. I've been so moved by Bisa's quilts/art. At first look, the quilts in an of themselves are absolutely beautiful works of art. Then reading the stories of her inapiration....the tears started rolling. My inner spirit resonates with your wonderful work. I am so very glad I've gotten to see your work and I want to see more. THANK YOU!!!

    With much gratitude,
    Kelly

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  96. A wonderful inspiration and wonderful fabrics. I would love to incorporate them in a quilt.

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  97. I've never done anything remotely like this. They are AMAZING.
    Thanks for sharing them and the chance to win.
    I'm a quilter sponsored by Lilypad quilting.

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  98. Bisa, your art is beautiful and I am so inspired by it. Esp the one of your aunt's alter ego. It reminds me of pictures that I have of my late sister and how I would love to be able to capture some of her alters in cloth. I loved reading your story. And I can already see some of that prize fabric in one of my pieces.

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  99. I was drawn in by the 'eyes' and stayed for the stories. I agree that many of these images sould be works that are reproduced for the public. (I am a fan of coffee mugs- hint) cw

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  100. Oh, wow. Bisa's work took my breath away and brought tears to my eyes. Not only is she so blessed to have the talent and ability to produce these portraits, but she must have such a connection with people and their spirit to see the people in her portraits. I am truly in awe. Would I like to be able create such a work myself? Certainly. But I think I have so much to learn, not as much about quilting, but about making that connection to be able to see those spirits she has portrayed. Bravo!

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  101. Her work is beautiful, love the art form in quilting.
    I do have some small pieces of african batiks, and planning on some art pieces this year.

    Debbie

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  102. WOW!!! THat is all I can say!! They all look great!!

    suzannebake@gmail.com

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  103. I have never done anything like Bisa is able to accomplish with fabric. I seriously do not know if I have the talent to do such amazing work.

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  104. WOW! Bisa takes quilting to a whole different level. I marvel at her ability to capture an emotion in those marvelous faces. Sure I'd love to have the ability to make such a quilt but honestly, Bisa is a true artist and that's what it would take to do what she does.

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  105. Wow! Bisa is very talented to be able to create portraits on quilts! Thanks for this peek into a part of the quilting world that I didn't even know existed. I'm a follower of your blog and a wantobe quilter and my sponsor is Jane's fabrics! Thanks again for another wonderful giveaway! :)

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  106. Wow!!!! Bisa's quilts are spectacular!!!! Amazing!!!!! Love them!!!!

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  107. What amazing talent. I wish I could do something like that! Thanks for a great giveaway!

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  108. That is definitely amazing what she is able to do with fabric making those art quilts. I don't know if I'd be able to make something like that because you'd definitely have to be talented.

    Good luck to everyone including me in wining this fabric! :)

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  109. Madame Samm, I don't know where you find these incredible talents, but I'm so glad you do. Bisa's quilts take my breath away. I'd love to make something like this. Maybe someday... and those fabrics would be put to good use here.

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  110. What talent! Just to have the vision of those is a gift.
    Beckie in Brentwood, TN

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  111. Bisa, your art quilts are amazing! I'm sure they would be even more beautiful in person. I don't have the artistic talent for this myself. The African Spirit fabric looks so colourful and vibrant. Thanks for the chance to win it. I am a quilter sponsored by Stray Stitches.

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  112. These are very unique quilts. I love the fabric and the cup too
    ~a

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  113. Beautiful fabric!! I follower Lily Pad Quilting! I am a little intimidated about making a pictoral quilt! But Love hers!!

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  114. Love the fabrics. I've never done a quilt like that before and would love to try something different like this at some point once I am a little more experienced. I am a follower. : )

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  115. Wow i had no idea a quilt could look like that! I am a wantobequilter a follower here and sue@QT is my sponsor.

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  116. Those are the most beautiful pieces of Art that I have seen in a long time. Who knew that you could take material and make into this wonderful wall hangings. Thank for a glimpse into another side of the quilting world.

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  117. Amazing work , you can see the feeling in each piece , just wonderful .I would love to win this fabric , and I am a follower here .I have never done this type of work but it is on my list of things I want to do.

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  118. Hers is truly one of the most amazing and inspirational art works I have ever seen! Absolutely stunning. I can't imagine all the work that went into these pieces, they are so interesting and completely captivating. Wonderful.

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  119. hi Im a wanna be quilter and this work is fantastic just the work involed is great

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  120. I have only ever done one portrait quilt, but nothing with the artistry represented by Bisa. I'm not sure if I would ever try anything this ambitious. Still, count me in on the contest. I know I could put these fabrics to good use!

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  121. what wonderful portraits, Bisa! I love everyone of them!! I love the fabric in the giveaway today too!! I did a portrait of my dog once upon a time. I love art quilts.

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  122. Bisa, what an amazing artist you are! It takes an amazing talent to create art quilts like yours. Kd - www.KdQuilts.com

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  123. What wonderful portraits! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  124. Bisa's work is awesome! I love to see these types of art quilts and I bow to those who make them because I am not that gifted!

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  125. Amazing, I would love to have such beautiful fabric. I can only dream of having the talent in these amazing pictures. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  126. Wow, what an amazing talent.
    I've popped over to your blog to follow.
    Would love to be a winner.
    My sponser is Dionn Stott.

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  127. What a talented artist. Really stunning quilts. thanks for the giveaway. I follow of course. thank you.

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  128. Beautiful quilts! Truly amazing. What wonderful talent.
    Lroghair (at) aol (dot) com My sponsor is Jennifer @ ellison lane.

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  129. Wow, I am absolutely in awe of Bisa's stunning work! I have never done anything like this and could not hope to - I like sewing; I'm not an artist!
    Madame Samm, I love your mug :)
    Thanks to Elizabeths studio for the gorgeous fabric giveaway.
    AngelaSews557

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  130. Bisa's work is amazing! I have never done anything as detailed as this, but maybe with a few more years of experience and confidence I might give it a try.

    Thank you for the giveaway and for posting about Bisa's ART quilts.

    Lei

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  131. Beautiful fabric - creative portraits - I've never made a portrait quilt though perhaps I could make a more realistic butterfly - the thought she put into her art quilts comes through in the faces of her subjects. Thanks for introducing me to this new art form. I am a follower and blogless QUILTER enrolled through Linda at Stray Stitches.

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  132. Like reading a book! I didn't want it to come to an end. I just know that Bisa would be a wonderful friend. I was drawn into each photo by the eyes if each person portrayed in the quilts. I can only imagine how her Grandmother felt when presented with that quilt on her deathbed! On, such a Precious Gift!

    I am a Wantobe Quilter and I follow Sew WE Quilt. If I could make a quilt like these, I think I'd want to make one with my Mothers image. But, I don't know if I could "capture" her Mother Love like Bisa does. And, I'd definitely make one with all of my cats! Wouldn't the colors in these fabrics be Purr-fect for a Cat Quilt?

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  133. What amazing quilts - and you are right...you can see the respect she has for her subjects. Simply gorgeous. Thanks again.

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  134. I'm like totally out of my league here. Traditional piecing, thats my style!! LOL. What art, what amazing art.You can feel her passion just by looking. Love the African fabrics too. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  135. Bisa'a artistry completely captured me. Wonderful with raw emotion. Thanks for this opportunity to win for myself and my sponsor, Jennifer at Ellison Lane Quilts.

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  136. Beautiful quilts! And beautiful fabric in today's giveaway. I'm been on the lookout for fabrics such as these to use in a baby quilt using traditional blocks as I don't have the artistic eye to do people and scenery. I'm a quilter following SM and Jennifer at Ellison Lane Quilts.

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  137. Bisa's pieces are so amazing and inspiring. I love to see what folks can do with some fabric and imagination!

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  138. I see a rich language of colour and texture ..the culture of Africa speaks boldly in those fabrics.

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  139. How beautiful. I love the one with the girl wearing the red and yellow skirt. Lovely fabrics as well.

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  140. Such gorgeous fabrics and the artwork involved in these quilts is absolutely amazing.

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  141. Wow!! Thank you so much for sharing such a talented artist with us! I've never done a portrait quilt but it's on my "bucket list"....I recently spent a lot of time at my parents' house and came across photos I hadn't seen before. I think I know what photo I'll try and reproduce when I'm ready to make the plunge.

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  142. I have always admired art quilts and these are fabulous. I have played a bit in that field and always enjoy the process, but my pieces look nothing like hers.

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  143. How incrediable are Bisa's art quilts. Just amazing! No I have never made anything like these art quilts. I am a beginner but I could definitely see myself attempting something similar. I'm a follower of yours and registered with Clover and Violet. I have been to Bisa's blog and left her an email as well. Thanks for a great giveaway.

    missmoozie(at)gmail(dot)com

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  144. I wish I could make quilts like these, very beautiful. I'm a follower here sponsored by diary of a quilter.

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  145. Incredible work! Beautiful fabric!

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  146. Very interesting. I can see her emotions and heart that have gone into each quilt.
    Jan / sponsor Amy a quilted sheep

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  147. Bisa's work is beautiful. Such an incredibly talented artist. Thank you for the insight and inspiration.

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  148. Bisa what beautiful stunning quilts that show what a beautiful sole you have. Only someone so special could do such beautiful work, i am awed by your work and hope I will get a chance someday to see your work in person. I don't think I have the talent to pull that off. Blessings Sandra

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  149. Bisa what beautiful stunning quilts that show what a beautiful sole you have. Only someone so special could do such beautiful work, i am awed by your work and hope I will get a chance someday to see your work in person. I don't think I have the talent to pull that off. Blessings Sandra

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  150. Very talented, and inspiring. I'm sponsored by Marlene at stitchinbythelake.

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  151. Bisa you are a inspiration to all of us that want to do something artistic and yet touches our hearts.

    Ida P
    g.phillips4787@sbcglobal.net

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  152. These quilts are incredible! My children are African American and I am constantly working to include as many images from Black artists into our lives as possible. I'll definitely be showing them these amazing pieces of art. Thanks so much for sharing Ms. Butler's work with us.

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  153. Wow, what awesome quilting. Looks like it would be hard to do. I am going over and checking out her blog.

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  154. I could stare at these quilts for hours and hours. Such talent. Thank you for sharing!

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  155. Very inspiring. I sent Bisa an e-mail. I am a follower here also. I've never done a quilt like this but it is something that I hope to do someday.

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  156. Wow. Bisa, your quilts are stunning. I am amazed at the way you take the many disparate pieces of fabric to create something so complex and lovely. I especially like the quilt of your Aunt Bertha. It is gorgeous. I would be so inspired if I was lucky enough to win your fabric. Thank you for telling your story and for the inspiration!

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  157. Amazing! Bisa has honored the people in her family both by her product and her talent. I would love to use that fabric to honor my blended family with a quilt.

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  158. What bold and beautiful fabric! Thank you for the giveaway, I would be thrilled to be the winner. :)

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  159. This is exactly what direction I wish to eventually go...art quilts. Thank Madam Samm. agnespat

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  160. These quilts are fabulous! I would love to make portrait quilts and intend to try them one day when I have more time.

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  161. What a talent. As if she is painting on canvas.

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  162. Amazing quilts and gorgeous fabrics. Yum.

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  163. Those quilts were so inspiring, what an artist!! I was in particularly drawn to the quilt made about her mother passing, my best friend(we were Kindergarten children together) has recently passed (i was privileged to be by her side)and I really connected to her words & the quilt. In awe....
    Warm Regards
    Charmaine

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  164. I attended one of Bisa's classes, it was sew inspiring. I just discovered the collection of Elizabeth Studio fabrics while in Lancaster PA. It is very beautiful. Thank you for the opportunity to win!

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  165. Wow - Bisa's work is breathtaking! I've never seen quilting so amazing!

    I'm a follower here and I am sponsored by Jane's Fabrics & Quilts. Thanks!

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  166. Wow I am in awe!!! Such a talented lady! I have never seen this before! I am a follower!!

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  167. I also attended Bisa's class and loved it! I've made quilts like these and I enjoy the process because it's so freeing - the only rules are the ones you make yourself... and you can change them as you go along. The fabrics are beautiful, thanks for the chance to win. Of course, I'm a follower!

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  168. Bisa's quilts are soooo Beautiful !! It's amazing and inspiring what she can do with fabric. I have done something similar. I've taken three class with Sue Olsen with Dog Gone Quilts. Sue has kits of different dogs that you can make a portrait out of or you can send her a picture, of anything and she makes a pattern from it. This year at her two day class, she was teaching that process so we could learn ourselves.
    I've made pictures of my Mom's dog, my Mom and sister and this year I'm doing (still WIP) Sacajawea. I'm going to go send Bisa an email now thanking her for the inspiration and the beautiful fabric.

    Thanks for introducing Bisa to us. Thank you for the giveaway and a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  169. What incredible work! This is art, that's for sure. I'm now following Bisa's blog via Google Reader. The fabrics look so interesting and unlike any I'm familiar with. I think she should be marketing those mugs, too!

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  170. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G Work!!! Bisa is one extremely talented lady..thanks for sharing her designs!!! I've never done any fabric quilts like these and not even sure where to start if I wanted to try.

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  171. Those quilts are out of this world....amazing...inspiring....oh my gosh to be able to do something of that nature...I guess you can tell that I have not done one before. To have just a scrap of that fabric would be the cats meow....the total height of my very existence (yes...don't you love all the drama)?

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  172. These are gorgeous! I am a follower here, of course. And Snoodles from lilypad quilting is my sponsor. Thanks for sharing!

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  173. Would love a chance to win, and love Bisa's work.

    Yes, I make textile art - but not the same way as Bisa. :)

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  174. I have never done quilts like this. I would rather do a landscape one than a portrait sometime.

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  175. Really enjoyed this post by Bisa.
    Fantastic work and I've sent her an email to tell her so.
    I would love to make a quilt like this!!!!!
    Thank you to you too Madam Samm :)

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  176. I love Bisa's art quilts, but haven't yet made one myself. I'd like to make a portrait of each of my children.
    Thank you for the giveaway opportunity!

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  177. I love this woman's work, and would be extremely honored to win these fabrics. Thank you for sharing her talent with us.

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  178. I wish I would say I have created quilts like this! Wow they are great!
    Deb

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  179. bisa's quilts are masterpieces! Museum quality!

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