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Thread: Portrait quilt

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    Junior Member sandiphi's Avatar
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    Has anyone ever made a portrait quilt like the one behind me in my Avatar picture? That portrait quilt behind me is my mother-in-law. She passed away about 7 years ago. I made it for my husband about 3 years ago for his birthday. I would love to see pics of one that you made.

    Sandi

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    No But that one is nice.

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    That's like a painting! I've only seen that style in quilt shows and museums. I can't believe how fabric can show shadows and features so well.
    Cathy

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    Thank you quilt4u.

    I took a class from Marilyn Belford, online at www.quiltuniversity.com and she showed us how to do it. First you posterize your picture, then you enlarge to a life size, trace onto tracing paper the different shapes where the shadows are, then you find the right colors and shades to fit in that spot. Use steam a seam 2 to bond the fabric to the foundation piece, and then sew it down. Of course there are more steps, but this is the jist of the process. I think the hardest part was to find the right fabrics for the right shadows. It was a fun class.

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    Very nice picture of your MIL and the course sounds interesting.

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    sandi...do I hear a tutorial on that coming up???:0)hint-hint...Skeat

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    Skeat, do you mean for me to teach the technique. Oh gosh, I'm flattered but there are so many steps to this, that I don't think I could do it. The class is relatively inexpensive from www.quiltuniversity.com. I think I paid $46 for the class, for 6 weeks, or something like that. But thank you for the offer.

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    I have one started but had to stop to do a commissioned quilt. It is ready to have the fabric pieces put on. When I get this other quilt done I will get back to it.

    Sybil

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandiphi
    Skeat, do you mean for me to teach the technique. Oh gosh, I'm flattered but there are so many steps to this, that I don't think I could do it. The class is relatively inexpensive from www.quiltuniversity.com. I think I paid $46 for the class, for 6 weeks, or something like that. But thank you for the offer.
    how do those classes work w/something like this...do you get a supply list up front so you are ready and do you work those classes as scheduled or on your schedule??Sounds like fun! Thanks for the info..Skeat

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    That quilt picture looks awesome. I'm so impressed that you can do something like that with fabric.

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