Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Fabric Portrait Quilts
Recently I was skimming through some blogs and found this one, http://sweetleafnotes.blogspot.com/2009/04/fabric-portrait-resources-what-ive.html - a great resource Michelle gathered on fabric portrait quilting. I also took the Realistic Fabric Portrait class with Marilyn Belford through Quilt University (online). This has inspired me to start flipping through some portraits to do another. Its such fun to see it come alive in fabric. Here is the inspiration snapshot, and the final quilt, the subject was my grandmother who passed away in 2000.
It was my first attempt at anything realistic like this, so I tried to keep it simple. I did not include the hand or cane, rather focusing on the head. Today I am pulling some fabrics for a simple border on one side and then very simple quilting and binding. There is a lot of top stitching on this type of piece and I personally don't think it needs a lot of quilting too. I started this quilt about 5 or 6 years ago and I think its time to finish it, and maybe start another?