This is a Christmas gift. It began as a drawing I did for a logo contest at my hair dresser job nationally for Cost Cutters/Regis. It went no where with them but I still loved the image and thought it would make a cute portrait quilt. I'm into the whole pop art theme and designed the coloring and fabric placement similar to the last posted quilt for my Facebook art quilt challenge.
I drew it small for the contest then enlarged it to more quilt friendly size. I finished it still small at 11' x 12.5." As I am sewing this project Pantone, the color gods!, declared their 2018 Color of the Year was a purple/violet color and this was the color I was trying to use as the prominent color in this project. I say trying because I soon realized I have very little purple in my stash especially stripes which I wanted for my background. I also want to use fabrics in my stash and not shop for more fabric.
I ended up using purple for the embellishments-purple loose glitter on the eyelids, purple glitter poster paint from The Dollar Tree on the browbones/pink glitter poster paint on the mouth, a mini purple rhinestone on the nose and a few purple beads for an earring.
I can see this design having other uses for future projects-enlarged even more, changing the hairstyle and, of course, changing the fabrics.
This was quick and fun and I made it in between a huge time consuming project but Christmas can not wait!
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!
I am teaching again this November at the International Quilt Festival in Houston. They invited me to contribute to the International Quilt Association Celebrity Mini Quilt Silent Auction. I am delighted they asked me and enjoy seeing my work in the line-up with all the other teachers, award winning quilters and IQA board members.
Cherrywood Hand-Dyed Fabrics is having a third fabric challenge in 2017 due August 1. They select three gradations of one color plus black and anyone interested purchases a bundle of fat quarters for the challenge. The rules state these four fabrics must be used in 75% of a 20" square size quilt. Any of their other lovely fabrics can make up the 25%. If you need to use white you can use some from your stash since they do not sell white (they dye white fabric pretty colors!!) The other two past challenges were The Wicked Challenge in 2014 using witch skin tone greens and last year the challenge was The Lion King using warm yellow oranges. My entry "Feline Fashionista" was one of twenty designs the Disney Corporation selected as their favorite! These 20 quilts will hang in a Broadway theatre in November-I also received a huge beautiful ribbon!! Both times my quilts made the cut and have traveled through the year to national and regional quilt shows. Both years Cherrywood created a book with a photo of all the entries and had a book signing opportunity for all included artists to meet and sign each others books while at quilt shows. in 2017 they chose an idea that had nothing to do with a Broadway play and selected the artist Vincent Van Gogh and there were three blues and a black to work with.
I love art and art history and am familiar with Van Gogh's work and especially love his Starry Nights painting. I had a vision of a black woman with an Afro Puffs hairstyle that looked like a starry night painting. I used the black for the background and all three blues for the skin tone depths and highlights on the order of the movie Avatar. I made a copy of the Starry Nights painting and analyzed where there was more white, yellow, blue etc. I saw one orange new moon in the design. I began with a medium blue background and funny shaped circles of yellow and white. I cut narrow fused fabric strips from the three blue, white, yellow, gold and orange and layered them to look like the Van Gogh Painting. I heavily quilted all of the strips down with thread in all of these colors to secure them and create movement. I really loved how it turned out. and I feel it has the same movement as the original painting
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!
|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.|
|This is the original quilt.|
|To create the swirly circular background I cut a piece of muslin as the foundation piece and fused the different colors in place keeping the area where the portrait will be fused open.|
|This is the finished quilt top only. I added the purple border to pick up more of the purple. I thought about a floral batik with the coordinating colors but it was too busy and took away from the portrait. I used it for the binding!|
I have to say my quilt got an excellent position in the magazine layout and another photo of the detail of the lady's face. I made the quilt in 2010 for Joann Fabrics "Quilt Your Colors" Contest using only their fabrics (not easy when you want to use quilt shop fabrics!!) I came in 4th place nationally and was fortunate to win some prizes. Joann's never really promoted the end result of the contest and they never did the contest again. I blogged about this quilt back in the day so I'm not going to go into the construction of the quilt. It sure is a great felling to have my portrait quilt work in print!!
This is the cover in case you want to purchase it!
|I had some pink flower felt trim which I glued to the neck area for a necklace. I sewed three pink flower shaped buttons over the felt and added some glitter nail polish to the flower centers. I hand sewed pink beads to the rest of the felt trim.|
I'm not going to make any instructions-just go with it!! I found the fun sun glasses fabric locally at Pine Street Quilts and the idea came together. I originally had just the red sun glasses on one of the women and posted a photo on Facebook. One of my fine artist friends (Mary Mc.!) commented that she thought all four of the women should have sun glasses. I had considered this and went back and pulled a few of the different frame styles from the sun glasses fabric print and color coordinated it. I love to make the eyes on the portraits so to cover them up with the sun glasses seemed sad to me. I knew I wore my sun glasses on the top of my head and sometimes peeked out over them so that is how I positioned the sun glasses without sacrificing the eyes.
I added a small amount of red glitter nail polish to all the lips, nail polish to eyelids and a few red rhinestones to the upper left sun glasses to get the retro look!
I had most of this wall hanging finished but used it in the Open Studio at the International Quilt Festival March 28, 2015 in Chicago as a demo for my portrait quilt presentation. I was antsie to finish the wall hanging because I am personally ready for warm weather and it will be a seasonal quilt on my wall very soon!!