Monday, March 26, 2018

March Challenge- Photo Design

The March challenge for the Island Batik Ambassadors was to Try A New Technique.

This was an interesting challenge - to think of a technique have I never tried before.....
My first thought was to try a product I always thought looked interesting.  After I looked into doing that- I found out it wasn't being made anymore.  Guess I waited to long to try that one!

I finally decided to  try making a quilt from a photo.  I thought I'd try a photo of a face, so I selected one of my favorite photos of my Dad where he is laughing.  My Dad passed away a couple years ago and I thought this would be a nice remembrance of him- if I could do it nicely!

I found two books on my shelf to help me out- Photo Inspired Art Quilts by Leni Levenson Wiener which was a technique book and very helpful and Deidre Scherer Work in Fabric & Thread which had beautiful illustrations of quilts she made of people.

The first thing I did was take my photo which was on the computer and enlarge it.  It wasn't a very clear photo to begin with and got fuzzier each time it was enlarged.

I won't say I made mistakes on this project- but I did learn some lessons :
     *Lesson learned- use a very clear photo to start with.  It is also suggested you could work with some photo editing software that are available, but I didn't have any, so I just went with my original photo.

I drew around the highlights of light and dark colors.  This may be a step some photo editing software will do for you, but I didn't find it very hard.

 Here is my general outline to start with.  I enlarged the photo so that I could make a 12" x 12" quilt (my favorite size).  But....some of the pieces were very small.
     *Lesson learned - bigger can be better. Leni Levenson Wiener suggests 16" x 20" as a good size to work with when enlarging a photo.  I would have made this project bigger, but my photo was getting to fuzzy to work with.  Again- start with a clear photo...

I did crop the photo and took out all the background to make it easier.

There are different ways to make the pieces.  I've seen where you can fuse the pieces with fusible web- but then you need to reverse the patterns.  That seemed like an extra step and not easy with all the funny shaped pieces.  You can also just cut the pieces and layer them - adding touches of glue once it is all assembled to hold it together.  I decided to go this route and it seemed to work well although I did find it challenging to know which pieces would overlap or not.

I finally got the whole head and shoulders put together.  I did very lightly glue the pieces in small spots so the pieces wouldn't fly away and I could lift it up.  I decided to put a fusible web on the back to help hold this together which worked great- although the top pieces weren't secured more than with the spots of glue.
     *Lesson learned - more glue would have secured the small, top pieces better.

I auditioned different fabrics for the background. Island Batik fabrics are beautiful - which one would work?

I finally decided on the last one for the background.  I pressed the background fabric and fused the head and shoulders to the background.  And then I stalled.  I just wasn't sure how to quilt it.  The little pieces were so tiny I was afraid they would lift up and shift as I sewed them.  I wasn't sure I'd like it after I sewed the pieces and did the quilting...

Okay- it was a couple weeks until I decided I just had to DO it!  So I decided on a very tiny zigzag stitch to go around all the pieces before I did any quilting.  The tiny pieces behaved themselves and I got it all sewn with no problems.  Why did I hesitate?

I used a double layer of Thermore Batting from Hobbs Batting and did some quilting around the shirt and areas of the face and the background with straight stitching.  I think the face might benefit from further thread painting, but that would be another future challenge!

I love the Ackfeld wire stands to display small quilts.
Here is the quilt where it sits on the shelf above my computer.

This was a great challenge and it was interesting to see what all the other Ambassadors did this month.  Below you can check out other Ambassadors blogs to see what they created this month.

Thank you to Island Batik and Hobbs Batting for providing supplies for this project.

Barbara at Bejeweled Quilts
Bea at BeaQuilter
Carole at Carole Lyles Shaw
Connie at Kauffman Designs  you are here!
Dione at Clever Chameleon
Geraldine at Living Water Quilter
Janet at Whispers of Yore
Jeanette at Inchworm Fabrics
Jennifer at Curlicue Creations
Jennifer at Dizzy Quilter
Jennifer at Inquiring Quilter
Joyce at heARTs Creations
Kathleen at Kathleen McMusing
Leanne at Devoted Quilter
Mania at Mania for Quilts
Maryellen at Mary Mack Made Mine
Michelle at Creative Blonde
Pamela at PamelaQuilts
Sally at Sally Manke
Sandra at MMM Quilts
Sherry at Powered by Quilting  
Stephanie at Steph Jacobson

Monday, March 19, 2018

Every Quilt Tells A Story

Every quilt tells a story - even a small one.

This quilt was made by Carol Denton.  Carol and I both belong to The Heartland Quilters guild and she showed it at our last meeting.  This little quilt is darling and has a story to tell.  After Carol's husband passed away, she made quilts for her family using lots of his plaid shirts.  The quilts were lovely.  When she had shirt fabric left over, she made pillows for other family members.  When she still had fabric leftover (we're talking pockets and shirt collars), she made this little beauty for herself!

I'm glad Carol had enough fabric for a memory quilt for herself.  I love the heart in the center- that says it all!  Thanks for sharing Carol!

The pattern for this quilt came from my book Little Gems.

The pattern is called Playing With Plaids

Carol turned each of her blocks a different direction which gave her room for the heart in the middle.  Isn't it great to see the design in the lighter, brighter colors!

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Elementz Blog Hop

Welcome to day 4 of the Elementz Blog Hop.  I was happy to be asked to be included in this blog hop, because I love working with the Island Batik Elementz fabrics by Tammy Silvers.  I made this original quilt and posted about it on my blog Oct 2017.  This was a Borders and Bindings Challenge with Island Batik Ambassadors.  I used a Stack pack of 10" squares and some yardage of orange fabrics.

I am an Island Batik Ambassador and the fabrics featured in this post were given to me by Island Batik 

Isn't it bright and whimsical!  I love how the fabrics work together.  Using the Stack Pack made it easy to mix and match all the different fabrics.

I had lots of leftover Elementz fabrics that I can play with for some other future project.  The colors are playful and bursting with color.  Sometimes with a pack of fabrics there are some I don't use as I don't feel they don't all match up well.  With this line, they all work together and you can pull out about any fabrics from the group and they look good together.

Be sure to enter the Rafflecopter at Island Batik for a chance to win a Fat Eight Bundle of Elements!

This blog hop started on Feb 26, so be sure and check out each stop on the hop.

Monday, February 26
Island Batik 
Sew Many Creations

Tuesday, February 27

Wednesday, February 28

Thursday, March 1

Friday, March 2

Saturday, March 3