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 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.

Beehives and Bouffants

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I have not posted in a while since I had a busy month of quilt classes, attending an area quilt show, prepping for my 4th visit to teach at the International Quilt Festival in Houston and actually traveling and attending the IQF Houston show. The stress of deadlines are over!! I started this little whimsical quilt before the Houston show and finished it after I returned home. It started with the outside border fabric which I found in September at Bungalow Quilt Shop of Ripon WI while I was attending the WI Quilt Expo. Since I am a hairdresser I am attracted to anything with hairstyles on it. I love the 1960s and retro big hair-think the movie "Hairspray" with Ricki Lake!!. I had originally planned to use colorful fabric markers and "color" in the hair motifs similar to a coloring book design. After trying a few hairstyles with the markers I didn't like it and decided to use the fabric as is and add color from the hair, lips and inner border fabrics.

I saw there were three different hairstyles in the border print and I drew them in the same size scale as my Whimsical Selfie Quilt pattern. I added a simple shift dress for each lady. I picked pink, yellow and orange for the hair to have fun colors to balance the neutrality of the border fabric. I gave the ladies crazy lipstick color as well. As I was working on this quilt I decided the hair needed some black bows a la the 1960s. I decided the yellow middle lady did not need a bow but added a subtle brooch idea to the lower neckline for balance

This was a fun easy enough project and I plan to turn it into a pattern. I will make another version with "normal" hair color and a lipstick outer border. I will need until early 2018 to design the pattern.

New Portrait Quilt: Glow In The Dark

This is my latest portrait quilt. I made it at the same time I made the wall hanging in the last photo on this blog post. That quilt was a donation for the International Quilt Festival's Celebrity Silent Auction in November. As I write this blog Hurricane Harvey is dropping many inches of rain to the Houston and surrounding area and some people on social media are concerned the festival will be canceled. Cross our fingers! That quilt did not have a lot of bling but this one does because it is for me not a donation. I used the same fabrics but in this quilt I added a narrow inner border and made it larger. Scroll to the next photo and you will notice I reused the pattern I used in the Cherry wood Fabrics Van Gogh Challenge. I changed the mouth, the dress style and added the crazy flowing hair. I painted all four bright fabrics with Tulip Glow in the Dark Dimensional Fabric Paint. It dried soft to the touch and not real visible to the eye in normal lighting. I need to purchase a black light to get the full effect.

This is my latest portrait quilt. I made it at the same time I made the wall hanging in the last photo on this blog post. That quilt was a donation for the International Quilt Festival's Celebrity Silent Auction in November. As I write this blog Hurricane Harvey is dropping many inches of rain to the Houston and surrounding area and some people on social media are concerned the festival will be canceled. Cross our fingers! That quilt did not have a lot of bling but this one does because it is for me not a donation. I used the same fabrics but in this quilt I added a narrow inner border and made it larger. Scroll to the next photo and you will notice I reused the pattern I used in the Cherry wood Fabrics Van Gogh Challenge. I changed the mouth, the dress style and added the crazy flowing hair. I painted all four bright fabrics with Tulip Glow in the Dark Dimensional Fabric Paint. It dried soft to the touch and not real visible to the eye in normal lighting. I need to purchase a black light to get the full effect.

In both quilts I used three gradations of one color for the facial depth and highlighting. In the new "Glow in the Dark" version there was low contrast because I wanted it subtle to appear as if it was under a black light. IN "Vincentia" I was given the three blues as part of the challenge.

In both quilts I used three gradations of one color for the facial depth and highlighting. In the new "Glow in the Dark" version there was low contrast because I wanted it subtle to appear as if it was under a black light. IN "Vincentia" I was given the three blues as part of the challenge.

In the close up of the face I added neon loose glitter as eyeliner and a dab of purple glitter poster paint from The Dollar Tree on the eyelids. I used white fabric paint to define the mouth. it is not noticeable in this photo but I used three dark purple beans/sequins for a low contrast color earring and a dark purple rhinestone for a nose piercing. I used some blue glitter nail polish on a small scale to highlight the dark blue background. I quilted large swirly circles which happened thanks to my kitchen! I pulled a large round pizza pan, a large Tupperware lid and a dinner plate to mark the circles! One has to be creative!!

In the close up of the face I added neon loose glitter as eyeliner and a dab of purple glitter poster paint from The Dollar Tree on the eyelids. I used white fabric paint to define the mouth. it is not noticeable in this photo but I used three dark purple beans/sequins for a low contrast color earring and a dark purple rhinestone for a nose piercing. I used some blue glitter nail polish on a small scale to highlight the dark blue background. I quilted large swirly circles which happened thanks to my kitchen! I pulled a large round pizza pan, a large Tupperware lid and a dinner plate to mark the circles! One has to be creative!!

Here is the first quilt titled "Black Light" which I mailed it to Houston TX on Tuesday. I had no idea a hurricane would close the IQF offices on Friday and beyond and I pray that it is safety tucked away at the local post office and all people are safe.

Here is the first quilt titled "Black Light" which I mailed it to Houston TX on Tuesday. I had no idea a hurricane would close the IQF offices on Friday and beyond and I pray that it is safety tucked away at the local post office and all people are safe.

Fiesta Rosita: Should This Quilt Become a Pattern for Purchase?

I love sugar skulls and anything related to the Day of the Dead celebration which is celebrated in Mexico on November 1st. I made my first sugar skull portrait quilt in 2014 for a "Comin Up Roses" exhibit for the International Quilt Festival when they had a quilt show in Oregon. The last photo in this blog shows a glimpse of the original Rosita. I chose to have all her face painted images on the happy/friendly side not spider webs and scary motifs. I used hearts and flowers.

Fast forward to July 2017 and I sign up for a Facebook 9 block weekly posting of a sugar skull pattern designed by nine different quilters. I thought it sounded fun until I discovered that each pattern was on www.craftsy.com for $3.00. You may say that's not so much but multiply it by 9 patterns plus my time and my printer ink and I will probably have to purchase the patterns to complete the borders and sashings and now this has become an expensive one project download from Craftsy.

I decide to design my own sugar skull pattern. I based the sizing on my Whimsical Selfie pattern and simplified the sugar skull facial painted motifs. I still used black hair with a layered bob, white batik for the face and a tanned (for contrast) skin tone. I purchased small silk flowers for the crown of flowers in the hair. I used coordinating buttons in the center of each flower and went with a rainbow color scheme.

I selected bright prints for the shoulder straps and the inner and outer borders. I embellished with red glitter nail polish, loose turquoise glitter on the eye lid, black fabric markers to define the mouth, rhinestones on the face and some fun shiny turquoise disc-like things from the Dollar Tree nail department for the background. When the quilt was finished I hand tacked the sombrero-like pom poms to the bottom of the quilt.

Two of the women who designed the Craftsy sugar skull series are my Facebook quilter friends-will they be bad at me for doing this? Am I mad I wasn't included in their party-maybe a little and that's why I made this quilt!!

The question is: Should it become a pattern for sale? It is small at 18" square and not very difficult to make. Please give me your feedback. Thank you!!

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!

International Quilt Association's Celebrity Mini Quilt Auction Quilt

 I will be teaching again at the International Quilt Festival this November in Houston-it is the mother of all quilt shows and so much fun to be part of! I was asked to participate in the International Quilt Association's Celebrity Quilt Auction. I was asked to donate a small quilt which will be auctioned off at the festival. The group of quilts will have an area on display at the quilt show. The money raised helps support the activities of IQA. I am lecturing this Saturday September 10, 2016 at the Wisconsin Quilt Expo on "Adult Coloring Books Inspiring Quilts" and am intrigued by how coloring book motifs and quilt design have common elements.
The design inspiration began with this design I drew in 2015 for a texture challenge for my Facebook art quilt group.
 This is the completed quilt-love the velvets and lames!!
 I took the original drawing, changed the hair and added lines to connect areas as in a coloring book motif. I thickened the lines for the raw edged fused applique. I used black batik (Hoffman batik in the color Raven) Love it!! I selected the swirly stripe fabric for the dress; orange and hot pink for the hair; two pinks for the mouth; yellow and teal for the eye makeup and three brown gradations of Cherrywood Hand-Dyed Fabrics for the brow bone, face and neck. A large polka dot with a black background is used for the binding. I embellished with yellow rhinestones as a row of eyeliner on the yellow lid area; a hologram-like rhinestone for a nose piercing; a white matte fabric paint dot for the eye reflection and a bit of pink glitter nail polish on the upper lip.

I used the original drawing and I made this quilt this winter and it became a donation quilt for Quilt Alliance which raises awareness and money for Alzheimer Association. The theme of this display is "Favorite Things" I love pink and embellishments! This quilt will also be on display at the IQF Houston show in November in the Quilt Alliance booth.
I don't feel like a celebrity but I am happy to be selected for this fundraised!!

May 1994: A Blast From The Past

I was pulling quilts for an upcoming quilt guild lecture next week for a Portrait Quilt Trunk Show. I like to show a few of my first portrait quilts to explain to people that if the desire is there and the willingness to learn the technical and artistic aspects of portrait quilts anyone can do it. My first few attempts were not show stoppers!
In the early 1990s I wanted to make portrait quilts. I knew how to draw and I figured out with tissue paper to make the applique pieces. But there were a few setbacks. I needed to learn how to piece, cut with a rotary cutter, sandwich the quilt and quilt it, add a binding and then I only had hand applique. I wanted to put pictures/motifs on a background but I only knew about hand applique. 
This quilt is an example of my hand applique experience. The quilt is from May 1994 and is a "selfie" of myself and my daughter Jordana just before she was 8 years old. I actually was smart enough to put a quilt label on the back and I called it "Mother and Daughter." This is bittersweet since we just celebrated Mother's Day! It also has my old rotary phone number which I had forgotten!!
I didn't enjoy hand applique at all! I quit making portrait quilts and made traditional pieced quilts which taught me the technical ropes. In 2005 I had nearly given up on quilting because of traditional quilt boredom and unaware of the Internet's potential. I was in a local bead shop in Appleton Wisconsin when I ran into a quilter friend who was now embracing art quilts. She told me about fusible web and how I iron motifs to a background to create a picture. I was elated and made my first raw edged fused portrait quilt in late 2005 and haven't stopped since. I buy Wonder Under by the bolt now!!
Back to the quilt in the photo. I see some similarities to how I proceed now. Portrait quilts, scrappy fabric choices, radiating quilting lines from the back of the portrait, the curves lines in the neck and shoulder area, the shape of the nose, the bright colors, a label on the back and a hanging sleeve.
What is new and improved in 26 years-I machine quilt and I quilt heavily, I do not embroider the facial features but raw edge fuse applique them. I block my quilts for a better shape. I square up everything at every step so the end result is square. My bindings are narrower, the corners sharper and there is no space in the binding that the judges dislike. Even though a judge's comments can hurt one's feelings it is for the best to technically improve! I use batiks as much as possible and, in general, the fabrics available to us currently are so much greater than 26 years ago!!
I would have placed the colorful blocks on the bottom of the quilt and added more of them for visual balance but it is still a nice sentimental quilt. I also would have had less background/negative space and more fussy cut butterflies. And I learned to add embellishments to my quilts if they are hanging on the wall.
This project was my first attempt at the Hoffman Challenge! It did not make the cut (I see why now!) and I didn't enter again until 2010 which did make the cut. I have had five quilts in the Hoffman Challenge since 2010 and 2016s is made and has been submitted for judging.
It's fun to look at old quilts to see where we were artistically and technically and how our supplies have changed and advanced to make better quilts.
I hope you have some oldie but goodie quilts or if you are a new quilter to save you projects and label them with at least a date!!

Scarlet: Portrait Quilt with a 12 Month Block Exchange

This quilt started as a 12 month block exchange in 2013 at Pine Street Quilts where I work. The fabric was a line of fabric that was digitally printed and I liked the color combination of red orange and turquoise. The line hasn't been a big seller at the shop but I liked it. I sat on it almost a year then decided to add a portrait quilt to the center with the blocks around the outside. I love star blocks and was somewhat disappointed by the blocks I received from the ladies in the block exchange. I ended up with doubles of the same block twice-there are a gadzillion of blocks and I got the same ones! So I pouted a few months then decided to actually make a quilt with the blocks. I used a great batik that tied the colors together as well as added depth to the quilt. By adding the small sashing between the blocks this made the center 25" square.

 I used a few of the fabrics in the block exchange and a whole lot of batiks! There are four hair fabrics, two dress fabrics and the cool background fabric. I stitched the hair with a contrasting color which is not my norm. I wanted to have an outline effect. I purchased an attachment to create circles while in Chicago at the IQF14-Chicago show in June and used this for the turquoise background. Subtle but it did a better job than if I had marked it and just stitched it. The attachment was a bit pricey but I feel it was worth it. I have a Viking Sapphire sewing machine.
I embellished the hair with some orange wool that I couched to the front bangs. Then I had this great orange/pink/green cording which I also couched to the hair. Then some orange glitter nail polish.
The eyelids received some blue glitter nail polish and the mouth and eyes had some fabric paint to enhance the look.
The background has a few turquoise rhinestones and the inner corners of the sashing got some peach colored felt flowers with orange rhinestones in the intersections.
That left the earring. I tried shopping for a ready made earring in the right color and size which didn't happen. I ended up finding three separate things (small sequin, bead and large sequins) to make my own earring which I hand stitched to the ear area.
I named this quilt Scarlet because her hair is scarlet color and I like color names. she looks like Jessica Rabbit the cartoon vixen!!

Ann B: A Real Person Portrait

I have a website www.laurieceesay.com and I have had Ann Bridges from Appleton WI (my hometown) re-do my website last year. Ann is a former hair customer, neighbor and we found each other a while back on Facebook. Ann has a web design business called AMB Web Solutions and she helped me out when my original web designer retired.
Ann is very generous with adding pages/widgets to my website. I just added a page with my teaching schedule and another page with my patterns for sale.
So I wanted to pay her back by making a portrait quilt of her. I used her Facebook photos as references since I haven't actually seen Ann in several years. I was wondering what her favorite color was so I could use that as the color scheme of the quilt so I was sneaky and told her I was doing a survey on "what is your favorite color?" for my color classes. I did ask on Facebook and to the people I worked with etc. in a 24 hour period and the results were interesting.
Pink was her favorite color (mine too!) and I loosely use a pattern where I did myself in a whimsical portrait and Ann's glasses were the same shape as mine. I changed the face shape, smile and nose. She has fun hair too!! As I was creating this quilt Ann posted on Facebook while watching American Idol that Keith Urban and her had the same haircut!! I had to agree!
I embellished with nail polish on the lips, pink rhinestones in the background and some bronze fabric paint in the hair. No jewelry.
I mailed it to Ann this week and she received it yesterday and loved it!
I love surprising people with my art!!
 

Crayon Challenge Quilt

My local quilt guild is having a crayon challenge which is due at the December 9th meeting. Any one who wanted to participate randomly selected a crayon. The rules were simple-no larger than 24" in diameter, no judging, ANY amount of the crayon color and it could also be a garment or non-quilt item such as a purse or tote. It way a very free and open challenge!!
I chose cerulean blue as my crayon color and I made this small (14' x 14.75") wall hanging. I have used the blue in the woman's eyes, jewelry and in the dots in the batik background. I also bound the quilt with the color but my photo accidently cut off the top binding and I was too lazy to retake the photo so this is what you get for an image of this quilt!!
Speaking of jewelry, I save my Mom and Grandma's jewelry from the 1950s and 1960s and this necklace seemed to work for this quilt. I bend it a bit narrower to fit and then hand tacked it to the quilt. The earring is a glued on rhinestone.
Other embellishments was some orange glitter for the hair, I used some of my blush from my make up case to give the woman a little color to her cheek and some white fabric paint to detail the eyes
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I love the study of value in this quilt-I'm actually obsessed with color and value and I love the high contrast of the pale skin and the background value.
I used my usual raw edged fused applique technique to create the image of the woman and machine quilted and secured the applique to the background

This is a close up of the face. The quilts will be on display at Spies Public Library Gallery, Menominee MI from January 2-Mid February. This is free to the public during normal library hours. c heck out the awesome crayon quilt challenges if you are in Menominee MI!

Marilyn Monroe

My quilting friend, Cher Alexander asked me to do a quilt of Marilyn Monroe for a gift and I was up for the challenge. She wants to frame and mat the finished piece like a photo and put it in a 11 x 14 frame. The quilt is 8 x 10 plus a bit extra to tuck under the mat. Cher wanted Marilyn to have on a red halter dress and after agreeing to the picture I chose I went for it. Since it's small that means it doesn't take much fabric and there is not a lot of space to cover but the eyes, teeth etc. are too small to make out of fabric. I painted the white of the eyes and used a fabric marker for the dark almost black iris. I thread painted the teeth and went over them with white paint to define. I little white paint on the lips and as extra highlight were added also. I added just a smidge of light yellow shimmer nail polish to Marilyn's hair for sparkle and shine. It's a challenge to create a quilt of a famous person since everyone knows what they look like. I had a blash making this piece and kept thinking of Marilyn Monroe and her movies and her breathy airy voice!! I will give it to Cher asap.