Thursday, September 10, 2009

GONE FISHIN'

It looks like we'll have another beautiful day here. What a treat! It makes me want to get out and do something fun! But, I'll probably just stay in and work on my new doll. I missed working yesterday, as I had to be out of town. I do have a good start on the body and legs, so hopefully will get a lot done today!

Today I am posting a wall hanging I finished two years ago. It was the first large hanging I had done, and really didn't know what I was doing. It measures 33 x 41, which was difficult to quilt on my small machine. I don't think I'll do any more that large.



I took a class from Esterita Austen at the International Quilt Festival in Houston three years ago. She fuses fabric pieces on the background and then paints with fabric paints to intensify the lights and darks, etc. That little piece of an apple and pear was my first quilt ever. This was my second. I learned a lot - especially about getting the quilt squared off. It ended up smaller than it was originally.

I had an old photo of my husband when he was a little boy growing up in Kennebec, SD, in the 1940's. I always liked this particular picture and wanted to do something with it. Well, this process fit it perfectly. I first picked out fabrics that would fit the colors and then drew out the picture on freezer paper and cut out the shapes, using the negatives to lay on the fabrics to chose the right shading, colors, etc. After all were cut out and fused on, I painted with fabric paints to accentuate the lights and darks. Little things popped into my mind, like making a 3-D frog to put in his pocket, a wire handle on the tub, buttons on the suspenders, and a string from the "fishing pole." I was quite pleased with the final hanging, and do have plans to do more of different subjects.

Well, I'd better get at that little girl (or boy) so I can see what it will be.

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