Wednesday, October 8, 2014

My First Portrait Quilt - in progress.

I have wanted to make a portrait quilt for a long time now - but how to go about it? I have books - but it has seemed totally intimating. But thanks to Luke for guiding me through the initial steps look what I have made - I'll show you how it all came together.

Here is the photo I wanted to use. 
I know it is blurry and it is an old photo - from June of 2012 but I love it. I love the look on Bunny #1's face & I love the movement in her hair.

Guess what Bunny #1's favorite color is .....

I love how the hair is starting to come together.

And here it is finished (above) but I just was not happy with the eyes. The left one pops but the right one seems lost.

So I went off the grid and started to experiment - adjusting the eyes ....

... and I finally finished on this version of things. I'm so pleased with it. You can see how big it is too - it is lying on a 24 x 36" cutting mat. A HUGE thank you to Luke for showing me how he constructs portraits - it was more than helpful to be walked through the process in person.

Now I just have to make the back for this quilt which I intend to make out of her old pajamas .... yes I've kept them all waiting to find the perfect project for them (I don't know how my husband puts up with me!!!)


Thimbleanna said...

You're so funny -- how DOES your husband put up with you LOL???

What an amazing quilt! I'd have no idea where to start to put such a quilt together -- Great Job!!!

nellie said...

Amazing! I've always been fascinated by Luke Hayne's portraits and the construction. I love the layers and the various blobs that eventually become a face. Your portrait is beautiful and captures Bunny perfectly!