Cherrywood Fabrics Prince Challenge: Raspberry Beret

 The theme for the 2018 Cherrywood Fabrics Challenge is the artist Prince. I am excited about this since I have followed his career since the late 1970s and own his first album and the 1999 album. Then I moved into CDs. I've watched his movie Purple Rain over and over and have always loved Prince's fashion style and his music!! I did not want to create a portrait of Prince because I figured many people would do that as well as the songs Purple Rain, When Doves Cry or Little Red Corvette. I made this quilt from January until March because this is the time to sew when the weather is snowy and yucky. I have been staring at it in my sewing room since March and finally get to share it!  I chose to create a quilt based on the song Raspberry Beret. I've always loved this song and I own 5 different colors of berets and actually wear them. When I began this process I thought the three purples "read" very similar in value and color and it would be difficult to differentiate them. I use my iPhone and take photos of the different steps along the way to get a view from far away and this helps with value and clarity. The rules allowed only 20% of the quilt to be other Cherrywood fabrics and I needed this 20% for the beret. 

The theme for the 2018 Cherrywood Fabrics Challenge is the artist Prince. I am excited about this since I have followed his career since the late 1970s and own his first album and the 1999 album. Then I moved into CDs. I've watched his movie Purple Rain over and over and have always loved Prince's fashion style and his music!! I did not want to create a portrait of Prince because I figured many people would do that as well as the songs Purple Rain, When Doves Cry or Little Red Corvette. I made this quilt from January until March because this is the time to sew when the weather is snowy and yucky. I have been staring at it in my sewing room since March and finally get to share it!

I chose to create a quilt based on the song Raspberry Beret. I've always loved this song and I own 5 different colors of berets and actually wear them. When I began this process I thought the three purples "read" very similar in value and color and it would be difficult to differentiate them. I use my iPhone and take photos of the different steps along the way to get a view from far away and this helps with value and clarity. The rules allowed only 20% of the quilt to be other Cherrywood fabrics and I needed this 20% for the beret. 

 This is the quilt with the fused applique in place. I used black for the hair because Prince's wives, girlfriends and females in his videos and movies all had brunette or black hair-no blondes. I used black for the garment as well. I was wishing for more variation of value with the purples such as a lilac. I decided to add lighter areas with thread painting.

This is the quilt with the fused applique in place. I used black for the hair because Prince's wives, girlfriends and females in his videos and movies all had brunette or black hair-no blondes. I used black for the garment as well. I was wishing for more variation of value with the purples such as a lilac. I decided to add lighter areas with thread painting.

 Here the lighter variegated purple thread is used to quilt the project while lightening up the quilt. I used light blue variegated thread to add movement and definition to the hair as well as lightening it up also. The quilt is starting to come to life. 

Here the lighter variegated purple thread is used to quilt the project while lightening up the quilt. I used light blue variegated thread to add movement and definition to the hair as well as lightening it up also. The quilt is starting to come to life. 

 I machine stitched in place two values of narrow light blue shiny ribbon to the hair to again lighten it up and give hair definition. I used the thingie on the top of my own pink wool beret by snipping it off and hand tacking it to the top of the beret to make it more realistic and authentic!!

I machine stitched in place two values of narrow light blue shiny ribbon to the hair to again lighten it up and give hair definition. I used the thingie on the top of my own pink wool beret by snipping it off and hand tacking it to the top of the beret to make it more realistic and authentic!!

 Here is my beret before I cut the thingie off!!

Here is my beret before I cut the thingie off!!

 In the close up of the face I used light purple nail polish on the eye lid and some lavender fabric paint to add highlights to the face. The eye is detailed with a green Pigma Micron pen and a dot of white matte paint for the eye reflection.  I did a crosshatch quilt design on the garment to look like a quilted jacket since she lives in Minnesota like Prince and needs to be warm in the cold weather!! I added a necklace of various purple beads.  I added the word "Prince" in his recognizable font and quilted the background to look like sheet music including a few musical notes in the mix!!  July 2nd is the deadline for entering and July 13th is the day people find out if their quilt is accepted into the traveling challenge. The last three years my quilt has made the cut so I hope this year I can do the same. I am adding to this post on the morning of July 3, 2018 and on Cherrywood Fabrics Facebook page they stated there are 388 entries and they are not telling how many quilts they will select for the traveling challenge. In ten days I will know...

In the close up of the face I used light purple nail polish on the eye lid and some lavender fabric paint to add highlights to the face. The eye is detailed with a green Pigma Micron pen and a dot of white matte paint for the eye reflection.

I did a crosshatch quilt design on the garment to look like a quilted jacket since she lives in Minnesota like Prince and needs to be warm in the cold weather!! I added a necklace of various purple beads.

I added the word "Prince" in his recognizable font and quilted the background to look like sheet music including a few musical notes in the mix!!

July 2nd is the deadline for entering and July 13th is the day people find out if their quilt is accepted into the traveling challenge. The last three years my quilt has made the cut so I hope this year I can do the same. I am adding to this post on the morning of July 3, 2018 and on Cherrywood Fabrics Facebook page they stated there are 388 entries and they are not telling how many quilts they will select for the traveling challenge. In ten days I will know...