Friday, September 20, 2019

A New Lecture is coming!!

I'm tickled pink about being able to do a demo/lecture at the Quilt Fest at Ben Franklin Crafts in Oconomowoc again this year.  I was scratching my head on what I could come up that would be new to me and to the quilters.  So I decided to do a lecture on my process of turning a photo into a quilt top. There are so many different ways that I have learned.  I guess I put a couple of the techniques into my own technique.  Which I'm sure there are others out there doing the exact same thing. As I'm working on this little quilt I keep thinking of other ways to do things.  So this demo/lecture may be modified in the future.
Quilt Fest is Sat and Sunday Oct. 5th and 6th.  I will be demoing on Saturday at 1:15.  My lecture is called My Quilts have gone to the Dogs ( or Cats) and of course now I have thought of a better name for it. It will be called Animal Expressions or Photo Expressions.  I don't really do people but, I do make quilts out of flower photos so I guess I don't want to limit it to animals. So I have to noodle on that one.
So here is my photo that I took last winter in my backyard.  A Femal Cardinal. They say when you see a Cardinal it is someone that has passed away visiting you.  Let's call this Cardinal Carol. That's my mom.
I'm not going to go through the whole process but, I will show you some of the progress photos.  What I like about this technique is you can change fabrics if you don't like the first one you picked.

So I make a black and white copy and do a line drawing.  Then print that out and a mirror image.  So as not to give the rest of my lecture away I'm going to just stop here.  

So as you see I was going to make her beak yellow. 
Then I looked at it and I wasn't a fan.  I looked at the 
photo and noticed... DuH!!  The beak is red.  This to 
me made a huge difference in the looks of the bird.

In the photo above I was going to use fabric to show the separation of the feathers.
That did not thrill me so I decided to use a sharpie marker and when the time comes
I'll use thread when I'm quilting it.

So here is my Cardinal so far.  She is starting to look pretty good.  I work on a applique pressing sheet with a acetate piece behind it for placement of the pieces.  I can also bring the acetate piece on top of it for accuracy.  Accuracy you say?  Nope that's more like a 4 letter word to me.  Yes you need some accuracy but, this is a work of art and you can change anythng you like. And so I do.  See that little brown piece that looks out of place... It is!  So that's coming off. 

I will post a photo when I am finished.  So come see me at Ben Franklin's Quilt Fest or have me 
come an lecture to your guild to get the rest of the technique.  You too can easilly turn your 
photos into a quilt. 

Friday, March 15, 2019

Wow I can't believe how time flies.  My last post was about picking a background fabric for my Octopus and now it's done.  I made it for a challenge with Threadbenders called Octabulous.  There were 17 people who made a quilt.  We had Carol Butzke, a IQA judge and dear friend come and judge our quilts for the top 8 to be entered into the Ultimate Guild Challenge.  God is so good. My quilt, " have you seen my octopus" was picked as one of the 8.  Next step is to send photos to IQA and see if we are accepted.  The show is in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  See link below.

So here is my quilt.  And below are links to photos of all of the quilts from the Threadbenders challenge. What an amazing group of women. I must admit I have missed too many meetings. Life just got in the way but, I'm on the road to recovery and am planning on getting to all the meetings that have been put on the back burner that past 6 months.