Monday, December 17, 2012

Akita Tote Bag

Perhaps you remember reading about my paper piecing adventure back in October. Well, I finally made something out of that Akita block!

Here is the tote bag it finally became. All the fabrics in the bag are from those left over from the original square.
It was also my first time making a quilted project with triangles. I had a bit of a challenge with the straps. I think if I make another tote bag in the future I will wait to sew the tops of the straps down until after the lining is sewn in.
But other than that I think it came out well for my first bag.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Holly Portrait Quilt

I remember first seeing a realistic portrait quilt in a quilting book 2 or 3 years ago. I thought the quilts were beautiful, but it also seemed very hard. This was before my first quilting project though. And after having done a few quilts I guess I have gotten braver. :)
I based my quilt on the above photo. This was taken June 5th, 2011 in our mountains not too far from the crest. It was Holly's final weekend outing. She got to eat most of her daddy's lunch and explore some of her favorite trails. She passed away 3 days later.
To help me see color value, I converted the photo to black and white and used Photoshops cutout filter, until I could visualize cutting the areas out of fabric. Everything is made out of fabric, most of them calicos and batiks. The fabrics were attached with tiny zig-zag stitching.
Some of the detail, like the light in her eye and the shading is done with thread-painting. I must admit I was not true to this technique as I am not quite comfortable with free-motion stitching yet. (I have been practicing though). I used VERY slow zig-zag and strait stitching in various lengths and widths to achieve my thread-painted accents. Dimensions: 18.25" x 20.5" including border.
This is my favorite quilt so far, and the one I most enjoyed making. I hope to do another soon!