Monday, August 11, 2008

How do you work?

My creation process goes something like this. I get an outline ... patchwork playmat/wall hanging, fairy, Paper Bag Princess, non Disney, some light green and some sparkle ... so I got a copy of the Paper Bag Princess ...
... I did some very wonderful artwork (the MoMA will be begging me for these sketches one day!) ...
... I refined the drawings some what ...... then I cut out all the little bits and sew them all together - hoping it looks something like I had planned!
The story is that the little Princess is happily dancing through the grass picking up flowers as she goes.
I used gold and silver thread to add the sparkle as well as a little gold material for her crown.
And worried that I hadn't used enough light green in the piece - I used some lovely white and light green fabric for the backing.
How do you work?

21 comments:

Sherry said...

How cute and what a great idea!

Sherry

quiltdude said...

That is just beautiful, what a lovely way to create a quilt.
X Clare

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Just gorgeous - thanks for sharing your design process!

Bloom said...

Great post! Your little quilt has turned out beautifully, & you have opened up a whole new world of possibilities to me - I have bookshelves full of wonderfully illustrated children's books. Well, there goes the housework today!!

Kia (Good enough Mama) said...

Wow! that's gorgeous! makes me want to dust off my sewing machine and actually use it for something other than hemming pants!

Kellie said...

Well obviously not nearly as well as you do! This is fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

Gina said...

That is beautiful - love the little dancing fairies!

LizzieJane said...

What a wonderful job Rachael, some little girl will just love to snuggle under this!

April said...

that is just gorgeous!

April xx

Rachel said...

Rachael, that quilt is just gorgeous! The little princesses with their flowers look so intricate and perfect, I don't think I would have the patience (or the skills) to create something like that! :)

Old School Acres said...

Oh, goodness. That is one sweet quilt!!

Things Hand Made said...

Thanks, I have been looking at how different people work to see if I am as inefficeint a I think I am!

Kids Napping? I'm Scrapping! said...

Goodness, how beautiful! You are so talented. I'm jealous. You work the way an aRtiSt works. I sort of clumsily walk through my projects. :)

Wyldhare said...

What a fun and adorable quilt! I have not heard of this story, but is sounds very fun!

Barbara Brown said...

thank you for sharing your process. it is fun to see how other artists work out their ideas. lovely story. i discovered it years ago when i used to teach pre school.

Lily Boot said...

Oooh that's one of our favourite books! what a great model that princess is for our dear girls! I work in a very ad-hoc, chaotic manner. I carry the thought or picture in my head, like Snufkin carrying a tune under his hat, I mull over it, it grows and shrinks and blossoms and then, it's time to tumble out and I start drawing and chopping and arranging as I go! I often think it would be marvellous to be more organised - but perhaps then it wouldn't work! :-) Love the quilt - just my kind of applique!

Suzie Sews said...

beautiful...I like it when you get an idea and see it through...its so rewarding and what a treasure you have created

Bumpkin Bears said...

fabulous rachael, you make the cutest quilts :) Catherine x

susan said...

beautiful!
thanks for letting us in on your "process"

Simone said...

I love your little princess! She has such a sweet little face! I don't have a method for working these days. I seem to spend all my time reading blogs!

Alison Boon said...

Not as creatively as you. What a talent you have. I hope these designs are going to end up in a book someday. Far too good to keep to yourself.

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