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Superior Stars: Virginia Greaves

Posted: 23 June 2015 at 6 a.m.

Worry by Virginia Greaves is stunning and emotionally moving.  This impressive quilt is Virginia’s interpretation of Dorothea Lange’s photo.  Virginia works from photographs she has taken or from historical photos which are public domain.  This piece won 3rd place in Houston in the Art-People Portraits and Figures category.


While creating Worry, Virginia learned more about the value of hands in a portrait.  She learned their placement can be just as powerful in conveying emotion as the eyes. 

When Virginia free motion quilts at a high speeds through several layers of fused fabrics, she recommends using a high-quality thread that won’t shred. Virginia says So Fine! #50 is strong enough not to shred yet thin enough to not dominate the design. Most of the faces for several years have been quilted with Toast #406. She says the perfect neutral, medium-value beige for Caucasian faces.

Virginia is currently collaborating with Leisa Rich to open a two-person show, Wash and Wax, in Atlanta which will begin in October of this year.

We are in awe of Virginia’s talent.  If you’d like to see more of her work, you can follow her on Facebook.




Images courtesy of Virginia Greaves

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