Thursday, January 12, 2012
We had set instructions for size and color, but after that anything goes. Our dimentions were 6"X24". Strange, I know. It limited me to making a wall-hanging or a table runner. Really, I didn't need another one of either of those. But, my thoughts have drifted back to my love of photography and how I like to frame photos to hang. Way back in the 1970's and 80's tole/folk painting was very popular. You could find family plaques at nearly all the craft stalls where there would be a nice folk painting in the center and on top would be a family name and the bottom would read something like "est. 1974". So using that idea and the fact that I wanted to practice my machine's capability of sewing the alphabet, I used that on this piece. Of course, don't look too close, as a couple of them are slanty and my binding strip pulled slightly at the end so it hangs slanty as well. All these little mistakes gives it my homemade flair and I will not rip it apart to fix it to make it perfect.
There are quite a few publications out there on portrait quilting. Here are 2 that I have used.
Fabric Photo Play: Love to Quilt Series by Julia C. Wood
Faces and Places: Images in Applique by Charlotte Warr Andersen
I am going to do another challenge this year, however, it is my own personal challenge. I have done a red and white quilt for my mother before, but this time I want to use red and white a little differently. So, I will try to keep you posted on my progress.