I'm already thinking about my next portrait quilt. A newly discovered photograph of a great-great grandmother was shared last August at our family reunion. Her name was America Shannon. I'm really puzzled and curious what it meant to her parents to have given her the name America in her birth year of 1860 (or 1863) at the start of the Civil War. We have a marriage certificate of her 3rd marriage at age 40 to William Burnside. in 1900 having her age listed as 40. Of course her portrait will be the focal point but I'm challenging myself to come up with a background which reflects my curiosity about her.
Tomorrow, I'm heading to the Kentucky Crafted Market...a prestigious exhibit opportunity for artisans and craft persons in the state and region. It started today but it is not open to the general public the first day, only to galleries and corporate buyers. I have a few studio neighbors who have been juried into it. I hope they do exceptionally well! It gives us all hope to focus on the possibilities!