Thursday, March 15, 2012

Fiberactions Monochromatic Challenge

Our Fiberactions Challenge this month was to create a monochromatic quilt. I knew instantly I wanted to tackle a photograph. The hardest part of the quilt was what photo to choose. 

Monochromatic Memories 20" x 17" Machine Pieced, appliqued and quilted

I chose this one of me and my two oldest daughters. I chose it for the shading on the faces. Honestly that was it! The other two kids have mentioned they should be in the picture.....I reminded them that I made small journal quilts of all four kids a few years ago. 

I changed the original photo to sepia and intensified the brightness in Picasa  I printed it out on an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper. That is how small it is! The finished quilt is 20w x 17h. The border fabric was the perfect color brown and the wood frame made it look even more like tromp l'oeil. 

I used an Elmers white ink pen (from Michael's) for the spots on the eyes and my earrings. There are some really tiny pieces. I used Mistyfuse so layering was not an issue. I try not to stack pieces but to make it more like a puzzle with a scant overlap. 

I used a piece of flesh-colored tulle to secure all the pieces I had fused down. That made quilting it a joy. 
I had to buy most of the thread and fabrics for this quilt. If you read my blog, you know I like color and rarely use neutrals. 

It was a challenge and I see things that I will do better next time. I loved doing it and I'll definitely be doing more photo replication of people. 
Check out all of the other Fiberactions Challenge monochromatic quilts over on the Fiberactions Blog.


Gina said...

Beautiful! Thank you for sharing the close-ups, showing us how the details have created such a great 'photo'!

quilthexle said...

WOW! This quilt is a gem! Thanks for sharing about the process - I learnt a lot. Had to grin when I read that you had to buy lots of new fabrics ... the result is worth every single penny you spent ;-))

MulticoloredPieces said...

Hi, Kathleen. Beautiful piece. Faces have got to be the toughest to get right. I like your selection of neutrals as well. Also enjoyed your video of what quilters say--a hoot!
best, nadia