Earlier this summer, Melva was kind enough to invite me to participate in the
Sewing Blog Hop. It is in celebration of September which is National Sewing Month. I thought it was a great idea because #1 I think sewing is tremendous and it's always been a big part of my life and #2 I could set it as a goal to finally finish up Tessa's Mosiac which I've been puttering through since May. I've puttered through projects before but with this one I've taken it to a new level. Not until today though, did I realize that I was supposed to sew something that was part of the Surf Tropical feel. (insert face palm emoji here!) Honestly, sometimes I wonder if I'm on a whole different plane than everyone else...so I apologize that this isn't to theme BUT it is totally sewn by me and it is an original piece. (Melva - I knew I wasn't quite understanding something about this blog hop - lol!)
For all of you just joining us, this project came out of a 5-day class taught by Timna Tarr at Marc Adam's School of Woodworking. Yes, I went to the school while my husband was taking a class to finish up his master's program in woodworking and I got to take this great art quilt class. The piece is based on a photo of my daughter taken as part of her senior year photo shoot. It's made with all 2" squares set on point. It really has been a trial for me since I've never done a portrait before anddddd I'm so emotionally invested in it.
Although it's still not quite done, this week I did manage to start the quilting and thread work. I'm still not sold on the hands and maybe by the end, I'll just rip it all out and do them again in a lighter color. Right now she still looks all hands hands hands! I do like the mat finish cotton 40 wt thread I used for the stems and the hands Her eyelashes are done in a very dark eggplant Mettler Polysheen. After a couple of trials, I think I will use polysheen for the rest of the project. So far this was all free-motioned quilted with a blue dot bobbin in my Janome Horizon. I changed over my machine today back to a regular straight even feed quilting foot for the hair and shirt.
Now for the Blog Hop!
One person will win a grand prize which includes a $25 gift certificate from Gardensong Fabrics, $25 gift certificate from Rebecca Page, Aurifil thread, a digital pattern from Melva – Pieces of the Santa Fe Trail, a book, Fabulously Fast Quilts donated by Patricia from the Faith, Trust & Breast Cancer Blog, three stash builder bundles generously donated by Island Batik, and a crib sized Quilter’s Dream Dream Angel batt from Songbird Designs.
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Today's Bloggers are
Please hop on over to their Blogs to see what they are creating!
Plus Brenda at SongBird Designs will be posting a list of the entire hop which goes through 9/7!
Also, this Friday, like all Fridays, is my Off the Wall Friday Blog Link Up...please feel free to join us any week you have something creative to share on your blog!
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Nina your quilt is looking beautiful. I think you are doing a fabulous job of recreating your lovely daughter's photo. Thank you for hosting the link party as well. Happy quilting.
That is such a beautiful photo of your daughter! I can see why you chose it to make into a quilt. The hands are perfect. I would give the flowers and other places some distinct quilting, to go along with it. Thank you for hosting OTW every week, too!
Your art print quilt is gorgeous! I think the hands look beautiful as they are, and your daughter is so pretty. I admire you for trying something new like that, you are quite inspiring.
Beautiful quilt. I make everything, but I love quilting. It is relaxing and when I am finished I feel such a sense of accomplishment.
I love your art quilt! Thanks for sharing your progress.
I'm completely gobsmacked by the beauty and skill that piece exhibits. Amazing work! I struggle with hst's let alone actually creating a portrait like that and portraits I understand to be the hardest thing to create in threads or cloth. Your daughter is a beauty too.
I think Tessa's quilt fits just fine. :) It involves sewing! And Tessa has red hair that made me think of Ariel, the little mermaid. See! It fits. <3 Blessings, M
I love how this is progressing. I especially love the hands. The piece doesn't scream hands to me, but they are definitely well-executed.
I am sure Tessa is blown away with this piece, it is a stunning piece.
A 5-day class sounds delightful. I love what you created and that is just so perfect. Thanks for the linky party....I will have to remember to come back as you blog is new to me, via the hop! Since I linked, it should help!
What a great photo and creation made from it! This is going to be a quilted treasure! Thank you so much for joining us on the blog hop and sharing your creation. This is my first visit to your blog so didn't know about your linky party until today! I will be back. Have a great long weekend!
Oh, the quilt is coming together beautifully. I think for projects like this it is important to trust the process and listen to the quilt but not our inner fears, which can be hard to do. Projects can go through what I call "ugly duckling" phases when not enough detail is there to make the composition balanced. I think you'll find as you continue to bring the detail of your daughter to the quilt it will all balance out beautifully!
Gorgeous quilt, I can see why it is taking a bit to get it completed.
wow your project is gorgeous. thanks for sharing.
Gorgeous. You have captured the original beautifully.
The quilt of your daughter is great! It'll be fantastic when it's done!
Leaving a comment seems difficult today. I LOVE going to see what's making each week - do enjoy the tag-ups.
It's all about donation quilts for me.
Your art quilt is wonderful! It will be a fantastic keepsake! I like to make art quilts but I've only done a couple. Scrappy seems to have caught my attention lately. I did not know that you had a linky party...how fun! :)
The hands seem just fine to me. Years ago I was doing a commission for a church, and they wanted God's hand reaching down to the people. I know it's not easy to find exactly what you want but I think you have a good thing going there. It's a beautiful piece. Hope I see it at finish
This is a very beautiful piece of artwork!
Wow, your quilt is looking amazing! You are very talented :) Thanks for sharing! xx
I began sewing by learning to make my own clothes. Later on I began to quilt. Now I mostly quilt, but once in a while still sew something for my wardrobe.
Your art quilt is beautiful. I think it’s easy to know it’s your daughter when I look at the photo. Brave of you to do a portrait!
How amazing to be able to take a college level art quilt class! That must have been an interesting experience! Your quilt portrait is beyond amazing! Even my granddaughter was impressed with it. It’s so lovely!
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