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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.
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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.

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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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    I also took this class from Marilyn and did a portrait of my father and just loved the process. The hardest part for me was all Fabric choice. I plan to make another one of my mother very soon. If you like detailed work this is for you. I am on vacation and away from home but will post a picture of Dad when I get back home. I am not sure how to do it from my laptop.
    Your picture looks really nice but I would like to see a close up of it. I am sure I could learn from you picture as well.

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    When you sign up for the class, they give you a password to login. Usually you have the supply list prior to even signing up for the class, but you always have to get some other fabric because it may not be the right shade or color. Once you are logged in, the teacher puts out a lesson each week. You work at your own pace or at her pace. If you have any questions you can post those question on a forum to the teacher and she answers you. You can email pics to her if you are stuck and not sure what to do. Each week you get a new lesson, sometimes there is two weeks between each lesson so you can have more time to work on the project. If you don't finish the project within the class time, usually the forum stays open for her to answer any questions. You are basically working on the project at your own pace and on your own, but she is there to help even though it is through the computer. The instructions that are provided are very well written. Marilyn is a very good teacher.

    I have to agree the hardest part for me was choosing the fabrics. Keepsake Quilts sells flesh color fabric, so that is what I used for her face. I would love to see pics lucky bud, when you get home from vacation and farscapegal, when you complete it. I will take a picture of it close up and attach it to this post this evening.

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    Thanks Sandi...you are a great help and I always wondered!:0)Skeat

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    I have never been brave enough to try
    a portrait quilt, but I think about it often.
    It would certainly be a great challenge!! :D
    :D :D :D :D :D

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    I have noticed that picture before and thought is was a nice one. Now I find out it is something you made! Wow, I never would have guessed that it wasn't a picture. Very good work!

    I have thought about doing one of these before, but alas, never enough time to learn all the tecniques needed to make one. I have began to collect fabrics for a landscaping one. Those can be detailed too. Well, not as much as yours, though. Am I rambling?? sorry ... I like it very much.

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    It was definitely out of my "box", but if I can't challenge myself once in a while, then I get bored sometimes. So, take a risk, you will be amazed. I know I was and so was my husband.

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    What a very touching gift for your husband. That has to mean so very much to him.

    Now I want to check out online classes.

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    Yes, my husband really liked it. His reaction was exactly what I was hoping for. He cried. They were very close. My husband treasured his mother. His mom was a very special woman. She had 19 children. All but 2 are alive still today. My husband is number 13. It's hard to believe that any woman can have than many children, but she did. So, it was my pleasure to do that for my husband. I just wish she was alive to see it.

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    Here is a close up of my MIL's portrait quilt. It is not the best picture, but my camera batteries need charging, so this is an older picture from another camera.


    My mother-in-law. What a wonderful woman.
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    Oh that's an aweful picture. I will send a clearer one tomorrow when the batteries are charged.

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    I have seen the quilt pictures in magazines and am gathering material for a quilt-picture I want to do of a favorite granduncle who has passed on. He was such a character and fun guy to be around when I and my siblings were kids. He loved playing cards with us and tell the best ghost stories.

    In the class you took, did you match the top threads to the material?

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    Hi Sandy & hi everyone else from Colorado!
    I usually lurk and haven't really introduced myself to you all yet.
    I took that Quilt University class too and actually finished the entire quilt, not too common for me. LOL

    I took a pic of my nephew all dressed up in cowboy garb and used it as my portrait block and then came up with all kinds of other cowboy stuff to put in the other blocks. He absolutely loves it!

    You can see a little detail in the pics on this webshot page.
    http://home-and-garden.webshots.com/...53925087BqtJqS

    Nice to actually have something to contribute here, you guys seem to have a lot of fun. :D

    Dusty

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    Hi Sandy & hi everyone else from Colorado!
    I usually lurk and haven't really introduced myself to you all yet. I thought I posted this to your question about others doing portrait quilts but don't know where it went.

    I took that Quilt University class too and actually finished the entire quilt, not too common for me. LOL You did a great job on your MIL. How cool for your hubby to remember her by.

    I took a pic of my nephew all dressed up in cowboy garb and used it as my portrait block and then came up with all kinds of other cowboy stuff to put in the other blocks. He absolutely loves it!

    You can see a little detail in the pics on this webshot page.
    http://home-and-garden.webshots.com/...53925087BqtJqS

    Nice to actually have something to contribute here, you guys seem to have a lot of fun.

    Dusty


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    Dusty that is a very nice quilt. I like it and your nephew looks to cute :mrgreen:

    Drema

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    Thanks, Drema. He thinks he's Doc Holliday, reincarnated. :-)

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