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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Curly Haired Girl

Little Curly Haired Girl

Colors her world


This is #4 in a series of fabric portraits.

(Maria Elkin's directions showed me the way!)

Fabrics are from 2 fat quarters; and wavey scraps from a found stash somewhere
(yard sale probably)
Threads are all 100% cottons in red, yellow, green, light and dark blues

Monday, January 12, 2009

The Boy With Red Lips

Boy with Red Lips is hanging in the Vacaville Art Gallery for the month of February! He enjoys the wall he is on along with Hard Times.
His head was full of thoughts of
catching butterflies
His heart was filled with gold

I am continuing to learn to make fabric portraits. This from a photo of my grandson.
I am the first to admit that the fabric portrait does not do his photo justice. However, I am very pleased with his butterfly skin, and his blue hair and red, red lips. The red was a last minute decision and I think makes the quilt complete.

I continue to use Maria Elkins directions in the book mentioned in earlier post with a twist of my own.

Size 4" X 7"
100% cotton fabrics
one purchased fat quarter,
some thrift store finds (butterflies,
blue spirals,
& red hearts)

threads a mix of rayon and cottons
in blues, white and red.
free motion top stitching

Portraits in Fabric

I love learning new techniques. I've been impressed with others turning out fabric portraits and was amazed that although it is a tedious process that took a lot of time (part of Saturday and all day Sunday) to complete these two 4" X 6" portraits of my best friend and myself it was also fun and exciting to see them come to life.

I learned how by reading an article by Maria Elkins called "Making Portraits" in The Quilting Arts Book by Patricia Bolton, that I bought this past Friday!