Okoye: Wakanda Warrior

This quilt is called Okoye: Wakanda Warrior and I made it for the2019  International Quilt Festival’s quilt contest called Quilted Comics & Sci Fi. Comic books, Comic Con, Star Wars, Star Trek and Games of Thrones are many of the possible options. When I watched the 2018 movie Black Panther I was in love with the female actresses and the powerful roles they played, their fantastic costumes and that bald head and beautiful face of Okoye the General of the Dora Milaje who project the Black Panther. I loved how women ran the military army and could still be beautiful! I also loved that Okoye carried a spear! When I learned of this quilt contest I knew this was the subject matter.   Black Panther began as a comic book so I felt I was safe choosing her.   I researched images from Pinterest and found an image I liked. I did not cheat and print the design from the internet. I drew the design  beginning on Sunday January 27, 2019 at a quilt retreat and realized the costume was very complicated. It was difficult to draw but it was so awesome I needed to continue and not wimp out on the detail.

This quilt is called Okoye: Wakanda Warrior and I made it for the2019 International Quilt Festival’s quilt contest called Quilted Comics & Sci Fi. Comic books, Comic Con, Star Wars, Star Trek and Games of Thrones are many of the possible options. When I watched the 2018 movie Black Panther I was in love with the female actresses and the powerful roles they played, their fantastic costumes and that bald head and beautiful face of Okoye the General of the Dora Milaje who project the Black Panther. I loved how women ran the military army and could still be beautiful! I also loved that Okoye carried a spear! When I learned of this quilt contest I knew this was the subject matter.

Black Panther began as a comic book so I felt I was safe choosing her.

I researched images from Pinterest and found an image I liked. I did not cheat and print the design from the internet. I drew the design beginning on Sunday January 27, 2019 at a quilt retreat and realized the costume was very complicated. It was difficult to draw but it was so awesome I needed to continue and not wimp out on the detail.

This is the drawing with a photo bomb from Callie! When I begin a quilt I have to choose what will be done in fused applique, thread painting, embellishments and fabric painting. While I was beginning this quilt the Upper Michigan weather has been full of snowstorms, icy drizzle and the return of the polar vortex. I had extra free time due to snow days at my salon job. Also the announcement of the Academy Award categories were happening as I was cutting out the applique pieces. I was very excited Black Panther had secured so many nominations. When the costumes from Black Panther were included in the Costume Design category I learned who the designer was-Ruth E. Carter. I have now began to follow all of her social media pages and realize she has been doing movie costume design for ever and I pray this talented woman wins in her category tonight at the Oscars!

This is the drawing with a photo bomb from Callie! When I begin a quilt I have to choose what will be done in fused applique, thread painting, embellishments and fabric painting. While I was beginning this quilt the Upper Michigan weather has been full of snowstorms, icy drizzle and the return of the polar vortex. I had extra free time due to snow days at my salon job. Also the announcement of the Academy Award categories were happening as I was cutting out the applique pieces. I was very excited Black Panther had secured so many nominations. When the costumes from Black Panther were included in the Costume Design category I learned who the designer was-Ruth E. Carter. I have now began to follow all of her social media pages and realize she has been doing movie costume design for ever and I pray this talented woman wins in her category tonight at the Oscars!

This is a close up of the face. I used Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabrics because of the fantastic gradation of browns for the skin tones on the face and hand. The hand is very detailed and I must be crazy to be so anal over it!. The necklace posed a design challenge for me. I thought gold lame fabric was too flimsy so I managed to purchase a faux leather tassel for a purse on a whim to the Dollar Tree. I opened it up flat, stitched in under the lame ring necklace, painted the white backside metallic gold and found gold round yet flat disc beads to simulate the round baubles of Okoye’s necklace. I redrew the shape to Okoye’s head about 5 times to get it the correct shape. I thought this needed to be very accurate since it was a strong aspect of her persona. As a hairdresser the etched clipper design on her head was interesting to me and very similar in design to the bodice stitching. I used faux leather in the garment as needed and I’m sure the real costumes used the real deal! The faux leather was not happy with my iron and I melted some of it in the process!

This is a close up of the face. I used Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabrics because of the fantastic gradation of browns for the skin tones on the face and hand. The hand is very detailed and I must be crazy to be so anal over it!. The necklace posed a design challenge for me. I thought gold lame fabric was too flimsy so I managed to purchase a faux leather tassel for a purse on a whim to the Dollar Tree. I opened it up flat, stitched in under the lame ring necklace, painted the white backside metallic gold and found gold round yet flat disc beads to simulate the round baubles of Okoye’s necklace. I redrew the shape to Okoye’s head about 5 times to get it the correct shape. I thought this needed to be very accurate since it was a strong aspect of her persona. As a hairdresser the etched clipper design on her head was interesting to me and very similar in design to the bodice stitching. I used faux leather in the garment as needed and I’m sure the real costumes used the real deal! The faux leather was not happy with my iron and I melted some of it in the process!

The garment required plenty of handstitched bead application, use of my fancy sewing machine stiches, embellishments from embroidery floss, jump rings, repurposed pieces from jewelry and the “belt buckle” was a large bracelet piece from a friend who gifted me her “junk” jewelry!! I usually devote lots of time to the make up and have to add bling. This warrior woman didn’t need this but I added a tiny bit on the center piece of the garment to “Laurie-ize it!”

The garment required plenty of handstitched bead application, use of my fancy sewing machine stiches, embellishments from embroidery floss, jump rings, repurposed pieces from jewelry and the “belt buckle” was a large bracelet piece from a friend who gifted me her “junk” jewelry!! I usually devote lots of time to the make up and have to add bling. This warrior woman didn’t need this but I added a tiny bit on the center piece of the garment to “Laurie-ize it!”

The garment stitching was in an unusual pattern on the bodice and sleeves-lots of metallic gold thread.

The garment stitching was in an unusual pattern on the bodice and sleeves-lots of metallic gold thread.

Dollar Tree tassels for necklace.

Dollar Tree tassels for necklace.

My stash of junk jewelry I have collected or been gifted-I used some of it and still needed to purchase the jump rings and smaller brown seed beads.

My stash of junk jewelry I have collected or been gifted-I used some of it and still needed to purchase the jump rings and smaller brown seed beads.

While watching the movie intro and credits I noticed a particular font for the lettering which fascinated me.. I was able to find it and print it. I hand drew the letters O-K-O-Y-E and added this in a subtle color to the left side background.   This quilt was one that I have spent many hours on and so much hand beading my fingers are sore from sewing them on but I loved the whole process. The contest in due March 15th and March 29th I will find out if it makes the cut. Now to watch the Oscars to see if Black Panther takes lots of awards and Miss Ruth E, Carter scores!  I also was aware at the I was creating this quilt in February it is Black History Month. Black Panther, Okoye and Ruth. Full circle!

While watching the movie intro and credits I noticed a particular font for the lettering which fascinated me.. I was able to find it and print it. I hand drew the letters O-K-O-Y-E and added this in a subtle color to the left side background.

This quilt was one that I have spent many hours on and so much hand beading my fingers are sore from sewing them on but I loved the whole process. The contest in due March 15th and March 29th I will find out if it makes the cut. Now to watch the Oscars to see if Black Panther takes lots of awards and Miss Ruth E, Carter scores!

I also was aware at the I was creating this quilt in February it is Black History Month. Black Panther, Okoye and Ruth. Full circle!

Art Quilts Around The World Facebook Challenge: Numbers (24K Magic)

My Facebook art quilt group’s current challenge is due for revealing today. The theme was Numbers but with a twist of using a song, book or saying title. I somehow had the Bruno Mars song 24K Magic pop into my head and I thought about a portrait quilt with the use of a bunch of metallic golds and a woman who represents an African/Nubian queen.  I pulled from my stash all potential lames and gold embossed fabrics. I wanted a crown on the woman’s head and a lot of necklaces and a collar type thing around her neck. I frequented Pinterest for ideas and ran with what I liked.  I embellished this quilt with a sequin/bead, chunky gold glitter, gold nail polish, gold Dollar Store poster paint, fabric markers, white matte fabric paint, rhinestones, grosgrain ribbon and a repurposed earring hanging on the forehead. I had more than enough trim and bling to make this work so I had to edit out some of the goodies.

My Facebook art quilt group’s current challenge is due for revealing today. The theme was Numbers but with a twist of using a song, book or saying title. I somehow had the Bruno Mars song 24K Magic pop into my head and I thought about a portrait quilt with the use of a bunch of metallic golds and a woman who represents an African/Nubian queen.

I pulled from my stash all potential lames and gold embossed fabrics. I wanted a crown on the woman’s head and a lot of necklaces and a collar type thing around her neck. I frequented Pinterest for ideas and ran with what I liked.

I embellished this quilt with a sequin/bead, chunky gold glitter, gold nail polish, gold Dollar Store poster paint, fabric markers, white matte fabric paint, rhinestones, grosgrain ribbon and a repurposed earring hanging on the forehead. I had more than enough trim and bling to make this work so I had to edit out some of the goodies.

This is a closeup of the eyes-I really love them and all their glittery happiness!

This is a closeup of the eyes-I really love them and all their glittery happiness!

A closeup of the repurposed earring that resembles a butterfly and I also repurposed a gold/mini pearl bracelet which was added to the band of the crown. I am totally digging this challenge and had a blast with it! I should mention the size is 11.5” x 16.5” because I hang these near my hair salon work station and a hair client/Facebook friend saw the Imagine quilt (September’s challenge) on the wall and thought it was larger than it really was. The art group chose a smaller size to make it attainable to complete these quilts in a two month time period without getting overwhelmed. I love this size because they are perfect for traveling during teaching gigs and they are a handy size to use as demos.

A closeup of the repurposed earring that resembles a butterfly and I also repurposed a gold/mini pearl bracelet which was added to the band of the crown. I am totally digging this challenge and had a blast with it! I should mention the size is 11.5” x 16.5” because I hang these near my hair salon work station and a hair client/Facebook friend saw the Imagine quilt (September’s challenge) on the wall and thought it was larger than it really was. The art group chose a smaller size to make it attainable to complete these quilts in a two month time period without getting overwhelmed. I love this size because they are perfect for traveling during teaching gigs and they are a handy size to use as demos.

IQA Celebrity Mini Quilt Silent Auction Piece

I have had the pleasure of being selected as one of the “Celebrity Quilters” who have been asked to create a piece for the International Quilt Association’s Mini Silent Auction quilted wall hangings which will be at the International Quilt Festival this November at Houston. These donation quilts help raise money for the association. I feel honored to be selected and am thrilled many thousands of people will view these quilts. It is hard to give this one up but I have the pattern if I want to make another version!!  I am loving Pop Art and found an image on Pinterest that inspired this quilt. I used velvet for the hair and mouth and pink tulle for the cheeks. I pulled many of my pink and turquoise flower embellishments and hand sewed them to this quilt. I have a fun rainbow trim that can be rusched by pulling the inner thread. I hand tacked some to the dress neckline. I made 5 fabric yo yos from the remainder of the “mod” dress fabric. The eyes were detailed with white matte fabric paint, brown Pigma Micron marker for the irises, black paint on the ends of the eyelashes and turquoise sequins glued to the eye for eyeliner.

I have had the pleasure of being selected as one of the “Celebrity Quilters” who have been asked to create a piece for the International Quilt Association’s Mini Silent Auction quilted wall hangings which will be at the International Quilt Festival this November at Houston. These donation quilts help raise money for the association. I feel honored to be selected and am thrilled many thousands of people will view these quilts. It is hard to give this one up but I have the pattern if I want to make another version!!

I am loving Pop Art and found an image on Pinterest that inspired this quilt. I used velvet for the hair and mouth and pink tulle for the cheeks. I pulled many of my pink and turquoise flower embellishments and hand sewed them to this quilt. I have a fun rainbow trim that can be rusched by pulling the inner thread. I hand tacked some to the dress neckline. I made 5 fabric yo yos from the remainder of the “mod” dress fabric. The eyes were detailed with white matte fabric paint, brown Pigma Micron marker for the irises, black paint on the ends of the eyelashes and turquoise sequins glued to the eye for eyeliner.

This is the quilt before the embellishments- boring to me!

This is the quilt before the embellishments- boring to me!

This was the inspiration for this quilt.

This was the inspiration for this quilt.

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...

Art Quilts Around The World - Women Who Soar - Betsey Johnson

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Today is reveal day for my Facebook art quilt group Art Quilts Around The World and the theme was Women Who Soar. That could be literal as in Amelia Earhart or a female pilot/astronaut. I perceived the theme as being inspired by a woman who has soared in her profession or personal life.    I selected the US fashion designer Betsey Johnson because she is my first influence in the 1970s regarding fashion and the fashion industry. I was sewing my own clothes back then in high school and discovered Betsey Johnson Butterick patterns. They had feminine details such as peplums, ruffles, puffy sleeves and bows. I was hooked on the patterns and Betsey's designs!!    Betsey has been a fashion designer for 40+ years and merchandizes clothing, jewelry, purses, eye glass frames, shoes and more. She has inspired me because of her use of hot pink, animal prints, flower/cabbage rose motifs, kissy lips, polka dots often combined with stripes and her use of girly ruffled garments including tutus! I have followed her career for many years and am also inspired by her ability to be a single parent to her daughter Lulu (she's grown now) while running a fashion design house as well as bounce back from financial hard times in 2008 when the financial state of the US was not good. Betsey always seems a bit too tan and she wears fake blond and/or colorful hair extensions while not pretending to be her real hair! She is 70+ years old and still does cartwheels after her showing at Fashion Week in New York City. I admire her zest for life and her ability to not have rules about ones age!! She seems to be having fun!   When I was choosing colors I used Betsey's signature hot pink  color which is on her merchandise labels, a variety of polka dot fabrics and as many pink rose and flower motifs from my embellishment stash. It is pink paradise and a tool to use when I teach about monochromatic color schemes!! I feel I can get crazy with a lot of embellishments if I stay in the same color family. I added Betsey's name in the font she uses on her merchandise-it's probably her own penmanship. All in all a fun challenge which was easy to do. Go Betsey and do not retire anytime soon!!

Today is reveal day for my Facebook art quilt group Art Quilts Around The World and the theme was Women Who Soar. That could be literal as in Amelia Earhart or a female pilot/astronaut. I perceived the theme as being inspired by a woman who has soared in her profession or personal life.

I selected the US fashion designer Betsey Johnson because she is my first influence in the 1970s regarding fashion and the fashion industry. I was sewing my own clothes back then in high school and discovered Betsey Johnson Butterick patterns. They had feminine details such as peplums, ruffles, puffy sleeves and bows. I was hooked on the patterns and Betsey's designs!!

Betsey has been a fashion designer for 40+ years and merchandizes clothing, jewelry, purses, eye glass frames, shoes and more. She has inspired me because of her use of hot pink, animal prints, flower/cabbage rose motifs, kissy lips, polka dots often combined with stripes and her use of girly ruffled garments including tutus! I have followed her career for many years and am also inspired by her ability to be a single parent to her daughter Lulu (she's grown now) while running a fashion design house as well as bounce back from financial hard times in 2008 when the financial state of the US was not good. Betsey always seems a bit too tan and she wears fake blond and/or colorful hair extensions while not pretending to be her real hair! She is 70+ years old and still does cartwheels after her showing at Fashion Week in New York City. I admire her zest for life and her ability to not have rules about ones age!! She seems to be having fun!

When I was choosing colors I used Betsey's signature hot pink color which is on her merchandise labels, a variety of polka dot fabrics and as many pink rose and flower motifs from my embellishment stash. It is pink paradise and a tool to use when I teach about monochromatic color schemes!! I feel I can get crazy with a lot of embellishments if I stay in the same color family. I added Betsey's name in the font she uses on her merchandise-it's probably her own penmanship. All in all a fun challenge which was easy to do. Go Betsey and do not retire anytime soon!!

Art Quilts Around The World Challenge: Film Noir

Today is reveal day for my Facebook art quilt group Art Quilts Around The World. The challenge was titled Film Noir and I did not know this subject until I Googled it. It represents the Black and White movies of the 20s-30s when the movie industry was in its infancy. Plenty of dark smoky rooms, everyone was smoking cigarettes, shadows, interestingly textured backgrounds, dark street scenes and, my personal favorite, femme fatales!! They were the actresses who became famous from the movies they were in-Bette Davis, Carole Lombard and Myrna Loy to name a few. Sorry but no cigarettes in my quilts!  I saw this challenge as a study of value and chose to work in black and white with the exception of using a light icy blue for the irises in my portrait quilt. I found a photo where the bleach blonde finger waves caught my attention. This was my challenge to create a 3D image on a flat surface and capture the way the light or lack of light hit the waves in the hair.   I was not sure if I wanted to create a value scale from white to gray to black OR use prints and go from white to a white print with black to a black print with white to solid black. I chose both-grays for the skin tones and the prints for the hair. I collect white batiks and they are difficult to come by. I had a pile or "warm" whites for the skin tones and "cool" whites for the hair. I used as many small scale prints as I could so it "read" as a solid from a distance. 

Today is reveal day for my Facebook art quilt group Art Quilts Around The World. The challenge was titled Film Noir and I did not know this subject until I Googled it. It represents the Black and White movies of the 20s-30s when the movie industry was in its infancy. Plenty of dark smoky rooms, everyone was smoking cigarettes, shadows, interestingly textured backgrounds, dark street scenes and, my personal favorite, femme fatales!! They were the actresses who became famous from the movies they were in-Bette Davis, Carole Lombard and Myrna Loy to name a few. Sorry but no cigarettes in my quilts!

I saw this challenge as a study of value and chose to work in black and white with the exception of using a light icy blue for the irises in my portrait quilt. I found a photo where the bleach blonde finger waves caught my attention. This was my challenge to create a 3D image on a flat surface and capture the way the light or lack of light hit the waves in the hair. 

I was not sure if I wanted to create a value scale from white to gray to black OR use prints and go from white to a white print with black to a black print with white to solid black. I chose both-grays for the skin tones and the prints for the hair. I collect white batiks and they are difficult to come by. I had a pile or "warm" whites for the skin tones and "cool" whites for the hair. I used as many small scale prints as I could so it "read" as a solid from a distance. 

This is a close up of the hair and face. I embellished very little on this project because it stood by itself. I thought the hair needed more light reflection and used a white metallic paint in those areas as well as a bit of the same paint in the center eye area. The lower lip got a touch of silver glitter nail polish. The eyes received the customary white matte painted dot for the eye reflection. I think she looks like a young blonde Bette Davis.  I intend to use this quilt in my future workshops/lectures regarding color, value and realism in portrait quilts. Fun times!!

This is a close up of the hair and face. I embellished very little on this project because it stood by itself. I thought the hair needed more light reflection and used a white metallic paint in those areas as well as a bit of the same paint in the center eye area. The lower lip got a touch of silver glitter nail polish. The eyes received the customary white matte painted dot for the eye reflection. I think she looks like a young blonde Bette Davis.

I intend to use this quilt in my future workshops/lectures regarding color, value and realism in portrait quilts. Fun times!!

Art Quilts Around The World Challenge: Pop Art

Today is reveal day for my Facebook art quilt group Art Quilts Around The World. I got to select the theme this time and I chose Pop Art. I love Pop Art and have made a few quilted wall hangings, including my first art quilt, that had this theme. I love Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. I love the manipulation of photos to get this look, I love words on quilts similar to comic strips, I love polka dots and stripes and I love bright colors!  I had the honor to again teach my portrait quilt ideas at the International Quilt Festival in Houston earlier this month. I taught a new class "Line Drawing Portrait Drafting Class" and wanted the students to have a few trial run sample portraits to play with to get the idea I was presenting. I have a co-worker Alexis at the hair salon who is photogenic and I got her permission to use her Facebook photo for the class.   After I returned home and was unpacking I discovered the drawing sample of Alexis could be adapted to my Pop Art Challenge. Below is the process.   

Today is reveal day for my Facebook art quilt group Art Quilts Around The World. I got to select the theme this time and I chose Pop Art. I love Pop Art and have made a few quilted wall hangings, including my first art quilt, that had this theme. I love Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. I love the manipulation of photos to get this look, I love words on quilts similar to comic strips, I love polka dots and stripes and I love bright colors!

I had the honor to again teach my portrait quilt ideas at the International Quilt Festival in Houston earlier this month. I taught a new class "Line Drawing Portrait Drafting Class" and wanted the students to have a few trial run sample portraits to play with to get the idea I was presenting. I have a co-worker Alexis at the hair salon who is photogenic and I got her permission to use her Facebook photo for the class. 

After I returned home and was unpacking I discovered the drawing sample of Alexis could be adapted to my Pop Art Challenge. Below is the process.

 

This was the original photo

This was the original photo

I enlarged the photo and converted it to black and white

I enlarged the photo and converted it to black and white

The photo on the left is the line drawing interpretation. Why not just make it a Pop Art quilt from here? I have a Pop Art Board on Pinterest and I thought Pop Art images have more areas on black negative space where as in the line drawing style it is strictly fine lines and the background fabrics are very important and I want to use plenty to get a scrappy look. In a Pop Art quilt there are fewer fabrics but they are bold and graphic. Both techniques use black batik fabric for the imagery. The photo on the right is the re-done photo a la Pop Art with an added addition to the top of the head which I drew.  I first selected the stripe fabric for the face. I purposely ran the stripes vertical and placed the widest white stripe in the center of the face for maximum boldness. I chose a turquoise polka dot for the background and a hot pink dot for the garment. I used a small triangle of another dot for the bit of camisole popping out of the other shirt. This was a pretty easy quilt to make. I usually chose lots of fabrics so this was my challenge to be happy with so few!

The photo on the left is the line drawing interpretation. Why not just make it a Pop Art quilt from here? I have a Pop Art Board on Pinterest and I thought Pop Art images have more areas on black negative space where as in the line drawing style it is strictly fine lines and the background fabrics are very important and I want to use plenty to get a scrappy look. In a Pop Art quilt there are fewer fabrics but they are bold and graphic. Both techniques use black batik fabric for the imagery. The photo on the right is the re-done photo a la Pop Art with an added addition to the top of the head which I drew.

I first selected the stripe fabric for the face. I purposely ran the stripes vertical and placed the widest white stripe in the center of the face for maximum boldness. I chose a turquoise polka dot for the background and a hot pink dot for the garment. I used a small triangle of another dot for the bit of camisole popping out of the other shirt. This was a pretty easy quilt to make. I usually chose lots of fabrics so this was my challenge to be happy with so few!

This is a close up of the face. I also love embellishment but thought the project with the bold fabrics were enough. I added small amounts of glitter nail polish to the eyes and lips. Alexis wears a septum ring and a small nose ring, both silver, and I replicated those with tiny Dollar Store nail art "pellets" and glue.  I felt a little guilty because this quilt didn't take me that long to make but the Pop Art idea is conveyed. Did Warhol feel guilty doing his Pop Art!!??  The next challenge due January 31, 2018 is medieval which I'm finding interesting but no idea has popped into my head yet.

This is a close up of the face. I also love embellishment but thought the project with the bold fabrics were enough. I added small amounts of glitter nail polish to the eyes and lips. Alexis wears a septum ring and a small nose ring, both silver, and I replicated those with tiny Dollar Store nail art "pellets" and glue.

I felt a little guilty because this quilt didn't take me that long to make but the Pop Art idea is conveyed. Did Warhol feel guilty doing his Pop Art!!??

The next challenge due January 31, 2018 is medieval which I'm finding interesting but no idea has popped into my head yet.

Whimisical Selfie Quilt Pattern: Witchie Poo

My first portrait quilt pattern designed in 2011, originally titled "Angelina" then changed to "Whimsical Selfie Quilt" for marketing sake, got a new version. I continue to add different hairstyles, hats and holidays. Since I am a huge Halloween and witch lover it seemed normal to add a witch selfie quilt. I made the top a year ago and I am not a UFO fan so I thought I needed to complete this wall hanging.   I have a love of collecting Halloween fabrics and digging into my fabric stash to make this was a breeze. I selected the one sided long hair braid for the hair and added the basic dress pattern instead of the usual shoulder straps-its colder in the fall so she needed more clothes!

My first portrait quilt pattern designed in 2011, originally titled "Angelina" then changed to "Whimsical Selfie Quilt" for marketing sake, got a new version. I continue to add different hairstyles, hats and holidays. Since I am a huge Halloween and witch lover it seemed normal to add a witch selfie quilt. I made the top a year ago and I am not a UFO fan so I thought I needed to complete this wall hanging. 

I have a love of collecting Halloween fabrics and digging into my fabric stash to make this was a breeze. I selected the one sided long hair braid for the hair and added the basic dress pattern instead of the usual shoulder straps-its colder in the fall so she needed more clothes!

Halloween Selfie detail view.jpg

For embellishments I used a green glitter nail polish on the eye lids, some orange glitter poster paint on the lips, a green bead for a wart on the chin, orange loose glitter on the hair, a black plastic spider on the hat band and a few slivery rhinestones for the background. I searched 2 to 3 times in my embellishment stash for a non-shiny purple trim for the dress neckline but I had nothing. I will still keep looking and add it later. Happy Halloween!

Earth Mother Quilt Pattern: Autumn Version

This is my Autumn version of my newest portrait quilt pattern "Earth Mother." I selected golds, oranges, reds and a few plums for the background squares. I used charm packet pre-cut squares of batik, commercial cottons and even a few solids. I selected a dark spicy brown batik for the raw edged fused applique.  Again, as in the first "Summer" version, I quilted the background with the same leave motif stitch and variegated thread. I quilted the face, the neck, hair and dress. Then I fused the leaf appliques that form a crown around the hair.  I have been collecting lots of leaf themed embellishments. I found several silk leaves (maple and oak) at The Dollar Store, sheer leaves, plastic leaf buttons, felt leaf buttons, iridescent leaf sequins, chunky leaves that were glued onto the quilt and a leaf trim in which I cut one leave and glued it to the center of the pendant. All of my embellishments are matched to a color on the quilt which allows me to add alot of items without it looking garish.

This is my Autumn version of my newest portrait quilt pattern "Earth Mother." I selected golds, oranges, reds and a few plums for the background squares. I used charm packet pre-cut squares of batik, commercial cottons and even a few solids. I selected a dark spicy brown batik for the raw edged fused applique.

Again, as in the first "Summer" version, I quilted the background with the same leave motif stitch and variegated thread. I quilted the face, the neck, hair and dress. Then I fused the leaf appliques that form a crown around the hair.

I have been collecting lots of leaf themed embellishments. I found several silk leaves (maple and oak) at The Dollar Store, sheer leaves, plastic leaf buttons, felt leaf buttons, iridescent leaf sequins, chunky leaves that were glued onto the quilt and a leaf trim in which I cut one leave and glued it to the center of the pendant. All of my embellishments are matched to a color on the quilt which allows me to add alot of items without it looking garish.

This is a close-up of the face. I used red, orange, orange yellow and gold rhinestones above the brows. I used an orange glitter polish on the eyelids and a chunky gold nail polish on the mouth.

This is a close-up of the face. I used red, orange, orange yellow and gold rhinestones above the brows. I used an orange glitter polish on the eyelids and a chunky gold nail polish on the mouth.

This photo shows the variety of leaf embellishments-silk leaves in two colors and sequins.

This photo shows the variety of leaf embellishments-silk leaves in two colors and sequins.

More silk leaves, plastic buttons and felt buttons.    I love autumn colors and this quilt makes me happy!

More silk leaves, plastic buttons and felt buttons.

I love autumn colors and this quilt makes me happy!

My Newest Pattern "Earth Mother" Available for Sale!

This is my newest portrait quilt pattern called "Earth Mother" which is available for sale on my website. I had made this quilt back in 2011 and brought it out of retirement this Spring to show it as examples of embellishment options while lecturing at a quilt show. A few people asked if this was a pattern and I said "it could be!" I changed the background and utilized the piecing of scrappy 5" squares to help guide in the applique placement since the vertical and horizontal seam lines work as guidelines.  I selected 42 5" squares of batiks for the background and a dark green batik for the raw edged fused applique because green seemed nature-like and Summery. The finished size is 28" x 32." Earth Mother has long hair, an off the shoulder dress, a pendant necklace and a variety of leaves to form a crown in her hair plus one more on her cheek.

This is my newest portrait quilt pattern called "Earth Mother" which is available for sale on my website. I had made this quilt back in 2011 and brought it out of retirement this Spring to show it as examples of embellishment options while lecturing at a quilt show. A few people asked if this was a pattern and I said "it could be!" I changed the background and utilized the piecing of scrappy 5" squares to help guide in the applique placement since the vertical and horizontal seam lines work as guidelines.

I selected 42 5" squares of batiks for the background and a dark green batik for the raw edged fused applique because green seemed nature-like and Summery. The finished size is 28" x 32." Earth Mother has long hair, an off the shoulder dress, a pendant necklace and a variety of leaves to form a crown in her hair plus one more on her cheek.

This is the close-up photo of the face with the quilting and the embellishing complete. I pulled from my embellishment stash any leaf or flower, large or small, in a variety of green colors. I added green rhinestones and loose glitter, glitter nail polish and a large glittery bead for the center of the necklace. Lots of sizes of green rhinestones above the eyebrows. The polymer button on the left cheek is painted with green nail polish to shine it up some! I took apart bracelets to use the green beads in this project-anything to have lots of green embellishments!Also silk flower scatter from The Dollar Tree stitched to the quilt in the crown area in between the applique leaves.

This is the close-up photo of the face with the quilting and the embellishing complete. I pulled from my embellishment stash any leaf or flower, large or small, in a variety of green colors. I added green rhinestones and loose glitter, glitter nail polish and a large glittery bead for the center of the necklace. Lots of sizes of green rhinestones above the eyebrows. The polymer button on the left cheek is painted with green nail polish to shine it up some! I took apart bracelets to use the green beads in this project-anything to have lots of green embellishments!Also silk flower scatter from The Dollar Tree stitched to the quilt in the crown area in between the applique leaves.

This photo shows the quilting of the background using a variegated thread and a fun leaf decorative stitch on my sewing machine. I did all the background quilting before I added the leaves on the crown area. I fused and stitched those on after the quilting was finished.

This photo shows the quilting of the background using a variegated thread and a fun leaf decorative stitch on my sewing machine. I did all the background quilting before I added the leaves on the crown area. I fused and stitched those on after the quilting was finished.

This version is just a fused top with the additional leaves taped to it to show an Autumn version. I collected yellow, gold, peach, orange, red, burgundy and a few purple fabrics of batik, commercial cottons and even a few solids to get the fall colors. I chose a dark brown batik for the fused applique. I will complete the quilt the same way but instead of the embellishments being green they will be in Autumn colors!

This version is just a fused top with the additional leaves taped to it to show an Autumn version. I collected yellow, gold, peach, orange, red, burgundy and a few purple fabrics of batik, commercial cottons and even a few solids to get the fall colors. I chose a dark brown batik for the fused applique. I will complete the quilt the same way but instead of the embellishments being green they will be in Autumn colors!

Art Quilts Around The World Challenge: The Eyes Have It

Today is reveal day for my Facebook Art Quilt Group Art Quilts Around The World. Two months go fast and this theme is called "The Eyes Have It" which is to me eyes in a portrait quilt but could be eyes of anything or "I." Lots of choices to play with. I put eyes in all my quilts (my favorite part of a portrait quilt!) and had all my 3-4 years worth of projects from this group in front of me recently and discovered I never use yellow in any of these projects. This became my color choice as well as my desire to have a woman of color as the featured portrait.  I found a cool tribal makeup on Pinterest and was inspired by it for my African woman. I also found the tribal looking fabric for the background in my stash and thought it worked well. I used my favorite go to skin tone gradation fabrics from Cherrywood Fabrics because they are so lovely to work with and the gradation of values takes the work out of selecting fabrics.  I used a white and black variegated thread for the hair and hand tacked black bouche yarn to the surface to give a nice Afro texture. I ran the fuzzy ends off the edges. I am titling this quilt "Mariama" after my ex MIL who lives is Gambia West Africa. I never met her but thought she had a pretty name.

Today is reveal day for my Facebook Art Quilt Group Art Quilts Around The World. Two months go fast and this theme is called "The Eyes Have It" which is to me eyes in a portrait quilt but could be eyes of anything or "I." Lots of choices to play with. I put eyes in all my quilts (my favorite part of a portrait quilt!) and had all my 3-4 years worth of projects from this group in front of me recently and discovered I never use yellow in any of these projects. This became my color choice as well as my desire to have a woman of color as the featured portrait.

I found a cool tribal makeup on Pinterest and was inspired by it for my African woman. I also found the tribal looking fabric for the background in my stash and thought it worked well. I used my favorite go to skin tone gradation fabrics from Cherrywood Fabrics because they are so lovely to work with and the gradation of values takes the work out of selecting fabrics.  I used a white and black variegated thread for the hair and hand tacked black bouche yarn to the surface to give a nice Afro texture. I ran the fuzzy ends off the edges. I am titling this quilt "Mariama" after my ex MIL who lives is Gambia West Africa. I never met her but thought she had a pretty name.

This is a close up of the eyes and all the bling of 3 sizes of rhinestones, fabric paint, glitter nail polish and tiny beads from the nail art section from The Dollar Tree!

This is a close up of the eyes and all the bling of 3 sizes of rhinestones, fabric paint, glitter nail polish and tiny beads from the nail art section from The Dollar Tree!

Photo of the mouth detail using Inktense pencils for shadowing and white fabric paint for highlighting. Thread painting adds to the depth of the mouth.  The next project due July 31st is Nursery Rhythms with a twist of a back story. I am leaning towards a co-dependent lamb who follows Mary around! Snort!

Photo of the mouth detail using Inktense pencils for shadowing and white fabric paint for highlighting. Thread painting adds to the depth of the mouth.

The next project due July 31st is Nursery Rhythms with a twist of a back story. I am leaning towards a co-dependent lamb who follows Mary around! Snort!

Bonfire: Urban Bright Challenge from BasAss Quilters Society

BadAss Quilters Society is a page on Facebook which explores going against the grain of traditional quilters and the proper "rules!" The so called quilting police can be judgmental and this group has created a place for the quilters who are not good at following these rules and are artsy and doing their own thing! They have created a new challenge based on a line of fabric by Frond Design Studio called Urban Brights. The line had coordinating solids to use but sparingly.

I started with a design of a woman with long gloves and a rockabilly hairstyle with a scarf tied around her head.

I used 4 of the 5 prints with peace symbols as the background. One of the more subtle prints for the outside border, the print with the license plate for the dress and head scarf and the facial features fussy cut from one of the large scale prints. The hair, neck/upper torso and the face are from the accent fabrics. They are calling this bright fabric and I tend to disagree! I love brights and knew if I was going to enjoy making this quilt I would need to use the accent colors and sparingly was difficult for me! I flipped the red orange and the yellow fabrics and used the wrong side to get another value of those fabrics for the facial and hair highlighting.

In the last photo in this blog post I have a picture of the funky multicolored thread that can be turned into a rusched thread by pulling one of the threads. I purchased it at the IQF Houston show a few years ago. I used it once before but not to the extent I used it here. The challenge rules stated embellishments were okay to use so I got my bright fix by hand sewing this rusched thread around the border seam and was happy with the result!

This is my original drawing the applique pieces are derived from. I only draw one eye/brow and flip it from it's reversed side to the normal side to get both eyes for the fused applique. I decided to put the head scarf bow on the other side.

This is the ad campaign on Facebook on BadAss Quilters Society's blog.

This is my photo of the fabrics before I started using them. The upper left fabric is my outer border. I only used 3 out of the 6 accent fabrics shown in the lower part of the photo.

This is a face close up photo. I used fabric paint and markers to add definition to the face. A bit of glitter nail polish on the eyes for bling. The fabrics were pretty active so a bunch of bling seemed garish. The quilt is titled Bonfire because of the hair color. Redken, my favorite hair color company and retail products, has a demi color Shades EQ which is a bright auburn and that how I named it. When the quilt was finished I thought the woman looked like the actress Emma Stone. Thoughts....

The fun rainbow thread I used to embellish with!

The contest rules state to blog about our entry then apply on their Facebook page. The month of March is for applying and I will be begging everyone to vote for my quilt when the time comes available in April!

Charity Quilt for Spring University Days at the WI Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts

 I have been invited to be a participant in the Spring University Days at the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts in Cedarburg Wisconsin held May 12 and 13, 2017. They encouraged all faculty to make a silent auction/charity item for their fundraiser. I used my Line Drawing pattern which makes a 12" square mini portrait quilt. Instead of a pieced background I selected a very large scale print as the background. I positioned the white flower over one of the eyes. I also prefer to run stripes vertical.
I defined the nose, eye lids and chin with black thread which was also used to stitch down the black batik applique.
I added some glitter nail polish to the eye lid area and mouth and a rhinestone to the nose area. This project comes together pretty quick.
I hope someone enjoys it!

Happy Valentine's Day: Queen of Hearts

This project began with a Moda charm pack I purchased last fall. I was able to start the quilt last week. I had make a very small portrait quilt with the woman having a heart shaped face, a heart shaped hair silhouette and a heart shaped dress neckline. I was headed in that direction including the heart shaped mouth which I used a few years back for the Day of the Dead quilt which was likeable. I have been watching, on PBS, plenty of British historical TV shows and the fashions influenced me as well as the Queen of Hearts character from the Alice in Wonderland book and movie. Throw in a little Steampunk fashions and I'm ready to draw up a design! I was on a quilt retreat last weekend and made sure this quilt lad priority!

I did a Pinterest search and discovered the cool queen-like collar as well as the dramatic eye makeup. The Queen of Hearts played by Helene Bohnam Carter in the Johnny Depp movie had very thin eye brows so my Queen got skinny brows too! I decided to make the quilt with six 5" squares wide and eight squares tall. I arranged the creams, reds, grays and a few blacks symmetrical with a mirror image. Since a charm pack has 42 squares I added a few dotted charm squares from another Moda pack and a few rotary cut batiks. I quilted the quilt with red thread for the dress and collar; variegated white/red/black thread for the background; variegated red/black thread for the hair and lights for the skin.

I did a lot of embellishments on this quilt:

1. The crown has beads on the peaks and a felt heart button in the middle.

2. The hair has red and white chunky nail polish.

3. The eyes have brown Drewent Inktense pencils to make the rises brown and a Pigma MIcron brown pen to add details. There is chunky red bling from Target on the lids and loose silver glitter/glue as eyeliner. A dab of white fabric paint for the eye reflection.

4. The cheeks have iridescent nail polish and red buttons sewn on them.

5. The mouth has chunky red nail polish to define the heart shape.

6. The collar has red metallic leather rick rack recently purchased at Target which is very fun and exciting to me! It was easy to work with and machine stitch to the collar.

7. The sleeves have a red/white trim on the band and another red/white trim as a bow on the outer edges.

8. The dress has red machine stitched hearts on he bodice as well as red buttons on the seam lines.

9. The ears have repurposed beads for earrings.

10. The background has red rhinestones glued on to it.

11. A red Pigma Micron pen used to draw a small heart spaced mole near one of the eyes.

This is a close up on the face and it is so pretty and blingy!

This is a close up view of the dress trims, buttons and rick rack.

Happy Valentine's Day to you!

JIngle Bella: New Pattern Sample

 I decided to sew another sample of my new Jingle Bella pattern using a Moda charm pack called "Holly Nights." The current charm packs, especially Moda, do not have 42 different fabric squares like they did when the fabric companies first introduced them to the quilt market. I love charm packs because of the wide range of fabric print varieties. When I used this particular pack there were few light squares which I prefer for the face. I challenged myself to only use the charm pack squares and not go into my fabric stash and the face is less blended than I would have liked.

I quilted the entire quilt with one thread, a Sulky rayon thread #943 1549, after I attached all the applique pieces with black thread. This thread ran nicely through my sewing machine and gave a pretty shimmer that repeated the metallic gold in the fabrics.
 This is a close up of the face. I embellished with only metallic gold items I found some loose chunky gold "scatter" at Target for the eyelids; some gold nail polish on the mouth; a gold rhinestone for the nose piercing and some dollar store tiny nail art gold bling glued to the background.
 This beaded trim was an unexpected find this past summer while at a rummage sale. The plan was for the first Jingle Bella sample but I had over-cleaned my sewing room and couldn't find it! I found the trim months later and hand sewed it to the bottom of the quilt after the binding was sewn on-again very sparkly!!
 This is the original pattern sample also using a Moda charm pack but instead of traditional fabric it is whimsical. Same exact style of quilting. The choice of fabrics can really change the outcome and style of the quilts!
I changed thread colors in this project when I quilted it. As seen in the above photo I used a Christmas variegated thread on the face.
This pattern is available on my website www.laurieceesay.com for $10.00 Through PayPal.

My Bella Pattern Revamped for Wonderfil Threads

I took my drawing of my Bella pattern and enlarged it to 24" square and adapted it to a more realistic version. Some things are similar but there are much more hair strands, skin tone shading and eye detail. I was asked by Wonderfil Threads from Calgary, Alberta Canada to make a wall hanging quilt. I have been one of their featured teachers and I receive perks from the company so I thought it was honorable to make a quilt, when they asked me, which will be displayed when the company vends at markets and festivals. The idea of pink hair came from me while working in a hair salon and reading all the ads in hair stylist publications and the trend has been vibrant colored hair. I chose pink because it's my favorite color! I selected blue/turquoise for the eye shadow because it was a color in the background fabric and it seemed retro-like in a 1960s kind of way. When selecting the lip color I stayed with the 1960s theme and chose a lighter pink to mimic the frosted lips of the decade a la Twiggy and Mary Quant!!

This is a starting point photo of the applique pieces fused and cut out and the background and binding fabrics chosen. The applique pieces are then fused to the background and with 7 different colors of hair it was a bit complicated! Could I turn this into a pattern-it would be hard to explain the process and order to fuse the applique pieces to the background fabric. The whole fusing process is like putting a jigsaw puzzle together!!

This is a photo of the details of the face. I used only Wonderfil Threads since this project was about their products. Some of the threads used were Fabulux rayon thread which has a beautiful shimmer on the hair; 40 wt rayon variegated for the eyes and mouth and Egyptian cotton "Tutti" in  variegated browns for the skin tones. I embellished with loose chunky glitter on the eyelid for "eyeliner," nail polish on the mouth and eye shadow areas; a rhinestone for a nose piecing and a variety of rainbow colored beads hand sewn to form a necklace. I will be sending this one onto the Wonderfil folks and plan to make another version for myself with a woman of color with red hair and green eye shadow!!



2016 Hoffman Challenge Quilt: Summer Rainbow

This is my 2016 Hoffman Challenge entry titled "Summer Rainbow." The deadline to enter this challenge was extended from June 30th to July 5th so it was safe to post my quilt which I make over the winter. The fabric is digitally printed and for the first time there were two background colors, black or white, with a variety of different colored butterflies scattered about. I bought the black background but I cut out all the butterflies so it didn't really matter!!
I fused some Wonder Under to a large piece of the challenge fabric and fussy cut the butterflies out and began arranging them in a formation of a hairstyle. But I remembered making another portrait quilt with 12 quilt blocks from a block exchange and liked that hairstyle etc. The photo is posted near the end of this blog post. The quilt seemed like it was put in an odd category for entering in a quilt show because other people helped make the blocks so I never entered the quilt in a quilt show. I wanted to use the center portrait pattern again and this became my hair inspiration for this challenge! I separated the butterflies by color and placed the warm colored butterflies on the right and the cool colored butterflies on the left (mostly!) The small white butterflies became the "highlights" of the hair. I selected purple for the dress, a hot pink vinyl for the lips, a white tone on tone background that resembled a butterfly motif and a subtle floral batik for the outside border that compliments the colors without taking away from the portrait.

I used Cherrywood Hand Dyed fabrics for the 5 skin tones. I purchased another butterfly/bird/bug fabric and added the cute fussy cut hummingbird to the background. There are a few bees and dragonflies fussy cut and sporadically placed in the quilt.

I quilted the dress design as a continuation of the dress in the body of the quilt a la "coloring outside the lines!" The majority of the quilt is vertically echo quilted with a purple/hot pink/yellow/blue thread.

Embellishments include hologram sparkly nail polish on the brow bone and purple glitter polish on the eyelid, a mini pink rhinestone for the nose piercing, a purple Christmas ornament bead as an earring, some silver rhinestones in the white background and a variety of tiny beads in flower and butterfly shapes.

This is the original quilt.

Center of original quilt called Scarlet. I love the turquoise and red orange complementary color scheme!! I have to wait until July 18th to find out if this quilt is included in the 2016 Hoffman Challenge Traveling Exhibit. Time to go outside and play in my garden!

Cherrywood Hand-Dyed Fabric: Lion KIng Challenge - "Feline Fashionista"

Cherrywood Hand-Dyed Fabrics, the company that sponsored the Wicked Challenge in 2014, has a new challenge about the Broadway play Lion King. The challenge began with three of their hand dyed fabrics in a beautiful gradation of yellow oranges. The finished size is 20" square. Any of their other hand dyed fabrics could be used as long as the focus fabrics dominated. The challenge is due in August-I created mine over the winter because that's my main sewing time. I was purposely NOT sharing my quilt but Cherrywood used it on their Facebook page and this first photo is from American Quilt Society which Cherrywood shared with me from Facebook. The point is my quilt called "Feline Fashionista" has gone viral!!

This is the full view of my quilt of the female lead character Nala. This is a promotional pose I found on Pinterest. When I drew up the design I was having trouble drawing the hand so I laid my own hand on the paper and this worked! This quilt has tons of embellishment-fabric paint, fabric markers, bouche yarn/metallic yarn (hair), nail polish, beads, sequins, metallic trim (collar), rhinestones and, a new embellishment for me, Derwent Intense colored pencils. 

I was intrigued by the painted dots on Nala's face as the starting point of this quilt. I used a red Pigma Micron pen and white paint after the quilting was complete to create the dots. Her eyes are very intense and draw you into her world. I used the Derwent colored pencils on the brow bone area of the eyes and to shade the dress.

i love the contrast of Nala's dark yet shimmery lips! As a hairdresser and mother to a grown daughter with ethnic hair, I love texture in Nala's hair!! I braided several strands of a black/brown bouche yarn with a metallic yarn/thread and hand tacked it to the quilt making sure it was "bumpy and full of texture." I had a blast creating Nala for the challenge and felt I was creating her costume/hair and make up. This is why I named it "Feline Fashionista." I hope it makes the cut after two social media photos of my quilt. The exhibit will travel across the USA this fall and in 2017. It will be at the 2016 Houston IQF Show so I can see it for the first time. Like the Wicked Challenge, it is very impressive to see hundreds of 20" square quilts all the same color on display!