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!

1 comment:

  1. Diana,

    What a Beautiful thing you did in Honor of the remembrance owed to Holly! :''''). It is a Great thing you did for her and for yourself! Not ONLY did you do a Great will forever be remebered as a Gesture of the GREAT Love you had for her, the one Love for one's Sweet pet......that, may be replaced by other's but will Never take the place of the Void and Loss in yoir Heart that you jad for hwr! Love you girl! RIP.....Dear Sweet Holly! ♥!!!