In Part I of this series I showed you the beginnings of the portrait quilt I made based on this photo.
Below is the finished quilt after everything has been zig-zagged down & thread-painted, and with the borders and backing on the quilt. I also stipple-quilted the background to make the subjects pop a bit more.
It's important to keep the original photo at hand when doing the thread-painting. I also keep an enlarged version nearby and a black and white because it may delineate areas better than the color version. You can also keep other photos handy, which I had to do because some details were hard to see in the original. I also found a magnifing glass and strong lights helpful!
The dimensions of the finished quilt including border are 26" x 23". The black between the background and border is a tiny flange made of a black calico & I like the effect of emphasis and a bit of formality it gives the finished piece. As in my last quilt I also did a pillow-case backing, which eliminates the need for a binding.
Part I in this series can be seen here. Holly Portrait Quilt, which was my first, can be seen here.
"We should understand well that all things are the work of the Great Spirit. We should know the Great Spirit is within all things: the trees, the grasses, the rivers, the mountains and the four legged and winged peoples; and even more important, we should understand that the Great Spirit is also above all these things and peoples. When we do understand all this deeply in our hearts, then we will fear and love and know the Great Spirit, and then we will act and live as the Spirit intends" ~ Black Elk