Friday, September 22, 2017

Stitching Down the Figure

  The background stitching is completed and it is time to stitch the figure to the background.

I started with the center of the figure and worked my way out. Here are some photos showing the stitching I used:

Here you can see the stitches I used on the blouse and face:

 This photo shows the shopping bag, skirt and jacket.

And here you see the legs, socks and shoes. I added some blue colored pencil to the shadow side of the shoes, which you can also see here.

I'm almost finished with this one. I need to do a binding, sleeve and label next. Thanks for visiting my blog!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

"On the Boulevard" Background Design

I'm showing how I stitched the background in today's post. I first marked the background image with white soap, and then pin basted the top to the batting and back.

After basting was completed I began the machine quilting. I first stitched the silhouette of the figure, and then I stitched the background features around the silhouette. I tried to work around the background locking in larger areas before I went back in and completed the area. Here are some progress photos:

Here are a few photos showing the background stitching completed with the figure placed on the top. The figure is not stitched down yet.

I like the impression of the street scene in the background. Next step is stitching down the figure. Thanks for visiting my blog!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

"Put A Bird On It!" at the Mancuso Pennsylvania National show

I am proud to be a member of Beyond the Edge Fiber Artists. Our group's exhibit entitled "Put A Bird On It!" will be at the Mancuso Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza in Oaks, Pennsylvania this year. The show dates are September 14 - 17, 2017. The show will be at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center. If you are in the area, I hope you have a chance to see our exhibit. This is my piece entitled "Bird of the Night" that is part of "Put A Bird On It!".

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Sunday, August 27, 2017

Background Decisions

I decided to use this rust colored fabric for the background of "On the Boulevard".  It has nice contrast with the main subject and has a subtle design. The close up below shows the design more clearly.

So what to do on the background? I like the storefront angles and the flags in the photo below. One option is to put that design element in the background.

Another option is to have a couple of figures in the background area. This is what that would look like:

   The figures would be done in tulle so they are subtle as compared to the main subject.

I opted for the storefront instead of the figures. I thought the figures were too dominating. I will use couching of yarns and thread painting to put in the background features. I'll show that as I get more of it done.

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Progress Update - "On the Boulevard"

  I am leaning towards "On the Boulevard" for the title of this piece.  I'll try it out here for a while and see what I think.

I have been making steady progress on  this one, and I'm going to show some details of parts of it with this post:


There are three bags in my Mom's hand. I chose three different red fabrics for these, and used paint to add shadows and highlights.  The red is a nice contrast to the blues and grays. Here is a close up of them:


There is a gold colored lapel pin on the jacket. I can't tell exactly what it is, but it could be a bird on a branch. It has that look to it. I initially cut out a gold fabric for this, but it looked too flat and artificial to me.

I had a scrap fabric that I had been using to remove paint from my brush. It had a lot of white and a mix of other colors. I painted that fabric with a gold paint, and then touched it up to add some variation to the color. This is what I came up with:

It seems to look more natural than the first one, so I'll use this one.

Jacket fabric:

I love this dark blue paisley for the jacket fabric. I used paint to give it shadows and highlights, but the main thing I wanted to say was, I love that fabric for this jacket!

My next post will be about the background. Thanks for visiting my blog!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

My Mom - On the Boulevard!!!

My Mom loved to shop, and this is a photo of her doing that when she was young. She grew up in the Milwaukee area, so this is the shopping district in that city, I believe. I love the movement in this photo, and the clothes they wore!  I am making an art quilt based on this for my "Attitudes" series.

I've been painting the image of my Mom in this photo, and this is what I have completed as of this post:

I think it's pretty good so far. I need to darken the value on some of the face shadows, but I find it best to do that in gradual phases. As one of my painting teachers used to say, "sneak up on the darks". That way you are less likely to over do it.

I'll post more progress photos of this as I go along, and give some other details about my process.

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Friday, August 4, 2017

Finished Photo of "Fashion Plate"

This is the completed art quilt I call "Fashion Plate".

I'm pretty pleased with the way it turned out. But I'm on to new projects, so that's enough of this one for the blog. As always, thanks for visiting my blog!