(The voting is over so I have edited this entry about the voting.) This is the fabric portrait of my Dad that I entered on the quiltinggallery.com in this week's contest. I took a Marilyn Belford class on Quilt University and it was a very good experience. I had looked at this class for several years and wanted to take it but just didn't know if I would be successful in taking a class like that over the computer. I got a lot of help from Marilyn and it was a great class. It was a challenging learning experience and I'm so glad that I did it. I bought a bundle of hand-dyed flesh colored fat quarters at the AQS show in Des Moines and used them for all of the face. My Dad will be 98 in June and he really likes the portrait. He lives independently and is sharp as a tack. He told me this picture was taken in Gulfport, Ms. before he was shipped overseas in WWII. He was 28 years old and served the Navy as a Seabee (26th Construction Battalion) and ended up in Guadalcanal for over a year. My main reason for doing this was to honor my Dad for his military service. Now I really think I should do another portrait of him at this age, hmmmmm we'll see.