Shades of Barbara Sferra

Barbara-Sferra-BA15TClairan Ferrono interviewed Barbara Sferra about her SAQA auction donation:

Sferra: I am a member of the local Weavers Guild of Cincinnati (all fiber artists, not just weavers) and each year we have a members’ challenge.  This spring the Challenge was “50 Shades of Gray.”  I created a five panel quilt in hand-dyed grays for that challenge.  My auction piece is a smaller, slightly reconfigured version of one of the panels.  As I worked on the challenge piece, I also had SAQA’s “Concrete and Grasslands” challenge in mind, since I was working in gray.  I am not sure I will have time to get a piece finished for that challenge, but you never know.

The fabric is all hand-dyed cotton.  I generally use mercerized cotton in my dying process, however, a few of the pieces are actually dyed men’s dress shirts (which take the dye beautifully).   It is basic appliqué and quilting.  I am horrible at free-motion quilting, so I use basic straight stitches and some decorative stitches in my quilting.   I tend to gravitate to the abstract, especially as I quilt, since I cannot meet my perfectionist standards when attempting free-motion quilting or perfectly spaced and organized straight line quilting.

I do not spend enough time quilting to have a body of work.  However, whenever SAQA announces a Call to Artists, I actually think of ideas and create a piece in my head.   One day soon, I hope to make time to execute my ideas.

Barbara Sferra
Cincinnati, Ohio

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