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Best Fabric Painting Yet!!

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Finished painting this portrait quilt!  I wanted to share it with all of you, because it is the best I have done to this date!!  I’ve added photos to show the process of the painting.

All of the fabric pieces were cut, glued, and sewn down before I started painting.  Details were painted on each piece.  Every time I do a piece, I learn more and more.  This time around, I learned more about values.

Actually, this trick was mentioned in Quilting Arts TV just this week (I don’t know the episode number).  They said to use the camera on your phone, bring it to black and white to find the values.

So, I printed the actual photo I was painting from in black and white, and used the camera on my phone to take photos (in black and white) of each step to get the values correct!  It helped so much!!!

There was another very important lesson that I learned.  After painting with acrylic paints, make sure you want to quilt in that spot.  When a quilt stitch is ripped out, the hole from the needle and thread will remain in the painted fabric.  I’m still working on closing up the holes by painstakingly using a pin to move the threads around the hole to close up each one.  Then steam from my iron to help keep it there and take out any wrinkles I have caused.

Instead, I have learned that a little quilting on these types of quilts goes a long way.  The “free motion” quilting enhances visual movement while prevents physical movement of the fabric.  What I really want to stand out is my painting on the fabric.  The free motion is there to enhance the painting.

It’s a long hard lesson!!!  You can bet I won’t do that again!!!

Please leave a comment.  I would love to hear your opinion (or suggestions to correct this issue)!

Have a wonderful Day!!

Pam

 

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CUSTOM BABY PORTRAIT

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I am absolutely in love with doing portrait quilts!  Tracing from a photo to find all of the hues, shades, and shapes.  Then choosing the fabric that will block the colors for the piece.  Finally painting as a fine art painter would do to show shadows, dimension and details.

At this point, I have just finished painting the shirt and wanted to share with you my process of this piece so far.  I will share the rest of it soon.

The final piece will be on display at the Sweet Home Craft Show in March and in the Amherst Quilt Guild Quilt Show in April.  You can see it in person there!!

Thank you for reading this blog in my corner of the internet!!

Peace – Pam

 

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As Seen On TV!!!

I had my 90 seconds of fame on Monday, February 19, 2018.  My interview with Hannah Buehler from THE NOW BUFFALO show on our local WKBW station.

I had a lot of fun creating it and sharing my story.  Hope you enjoy watching it!

Click here to see video!!

Please tell me how you like it!

Thank you for reading my blog and visiting my corner of the web!!

Pam

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Not Just for T-Shirt Quilts – Part 1

I am huge on family memories stories and tangible items.  It’s even better if the item can be sewn!  You can wrap yourself up in those memories or hang them on the wall to gaze upon those memories every day!

You may have heard about T-shirt Quilts.  If not, these are quilts that are made from t-shirts that were saved typically from a young adult’s childhood (ie: sport participation, musicals, school functions, vacations, etc.)

There are quilts that are termed as memory quilts (t-shirt quilts are just a part of that category) are designed from any memory that can be sewn.  For example:  Ties, Hankies, Dance Costumes, Button Down Shirts, even photos (I make a copy of them for the quilt) to name a few.

Currently, I am designing and making a hanky quilt from my customer’s mother’s hankies.  I had a few challenges (which I love to figure out).

  1.  The hankies are a thin fabric  and a bit fragile.  So I decided to back them with Heat and Bond Lite to support the fabric and adhere it to a piece of white fabric (another piece of the puzzle that I will explain).
  2. When I ironed the hankies, they were almost impossible to make perfectly square, so I decided adhering to the white fabric would give me that perfect square to attach to other pieces for a good result.
  3. A couple of hankies had hand crocheted borders that needed to be starched.  I never did that before, but I knew how to do it.  Not hard, but time consuming!!!
  4. The photos below are showing the hanky in the original state.  I started pinning the point of each set of stitches.
  5. After it was all pinned and straight, I sprayed it with Terial Magic and let it dry over night

 

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I was impressed that it came out stiff as a piece of paper!  I was able to adhere it to the white fabric, stitch down and secure the crochet stitches and then eventually into the quilt.

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This is the point I am at so far.  It will be a very big quilt when completed.  I’ll keep you updated as to the progression!!

Please leave a comment to tell me (or ask me) about this article!

Thank you for supporting handmade and reading my corner of the blog world!!

Peace – Pam

 

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Borders on an Art Quilt

I was surprised to discover how the color and hue of the border fabric that was auditioned on this art quilt really brought out different hues in the quilt!

 

If you take a look above, the photo to the left is the total painted quilt without no border. Under the same light and same position, to the right, I placed a muddled dark purple fabric next to the piece.  The photo under that one, I placed a batik fabric that had green, teal colors through it.

I was quite convinced that the batik was too bright and the art was calling for a quieter fabric.  That’s why I chose the darker purple.

Wow,  when looking at both photos next to each other, the piece looks totally different!!  One pulls out the darker hues and the art does not look happy and bright.  When the batik was placed next to the piece, the art piece came to life and it was bright and cheery!!

This totally amazed me.  I hope you found it interesting as well!!

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Wedding Art Quilt Process

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This slide show is a presentation of my process of a wedding photo that I created into a fabric art quilt piece which can be beautifully hung on their wall for years of enjoyment!

The last two photos of this slide show are the original photo and the completed art work from the photo.

I use a combination of fabric, acrylic paint and thread to create my art.  When it is complete, it is put on a frame with a wire so you can easily hang it on a wall when it arrives at your home.  Also on the back is a label that has the couples name (which is not present on the one above), the wedding date, and my contact information.  Each art work is signed in the front as well.

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These make a special unique portrait gift for an anniversary, birth, birthday, wedding, house warming, etc.

I would be honored to create an art piece from a photo that is special to you or a loved one.   I tried to answer all questions, however, if I missed something, please contact me and I would love to answer any and all of your questions.

Please click here to get further details of my art.