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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: My Daredevil thread painting quilts on: May 02, 2010 11:23:26 PM
Thanks for all the cool comments!  Here's another pic of a single panel I did to send to artist David Mack, who did the original art for this cover of Daredevil.  Sorry that the quality is poor; at the time I had a really early Sony Mavica digital camera, that used floppies!

I had not squared up the piece nor bound it off when I took this, and mailed it before I got another shot.  The vertical design element is machine stitching done over a 1/4" piece of bias tape.
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: My Daredevil thread painting quilts on: May 02, 2010 04:03:07 AM
Showed this to the manflesh today and I learned that Matt is currently his favorite comic character. I wouldn't have no had I not brought this up.

Also the latest pics are as amazing as ever. It makes me really curious and want to read the next page Smiley

Okay, I have to find out what he thinks of the current story line. Anybody who wants to talk Daredevil comics with me, look me up on Twitter. I'm @Darediva there.

Here's another scene from the Tragedy panel, where Matt holds the tatters of his costume while kneeling in the ruins of his brownstone:

3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: My Daredevil thread painting quilts on: April 29, 2010 03:49:03 AM
Thanks!  Here are a few more bits from the panels.  First, from the Karl Kesel/Cary Nord run of Daredevil, a scene where Foggy walks into the office and finds Matt...in costume.

Portraits of Foggy and Matt, using art by Alex Maleev:

Some retro art from back in the days of Frank Miller:

Hopefully this might inspire someone to get out that darning foot and get after some free-motion quilting!  It's not just flowers and fuzzy kittens, you know!
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: My Daredevil thread painting quilts on: April 27, 2010 11:56:34 PM
I've actually shown some of these to the artists who did the original work.  I met Joe Quesada at Wizard World Texas and showed him the first one I did (which I haven't uploaded yet).  David Mack autographed a couple of the pieces where I reproduced his art.  And I've taken them to display at CAPE in Dallas a couple of times for Free Comic Book Day.  I've even gotten a chance to show them to Dan Buckley, current publisher of Marvel comics, who asked me if I'd ever talked to MoCCA about exhibiting them there.  I haven't worked up the nerve to submit them for that yet.

Yeah, the DD movie wasn't nearly as good as the first Spider-Man, but the director's cut was much better.  A reboot is in the cards, I hear.  One can hope!
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: My Daredevil thread painting quilts on: April 27, 2010 11:11:37 PM
Thanks for the comments!  I have some more pics to share with you as soon as I get them uploaded.  You know, it's kind of funny; when I first told some of my comic book reading friends about these, their eyes sort of glazed over (cringe) and a couple mumbled something about "My grandmother makes quilts..." and I could just imagine them trying to be polite.  I unrolled them.   Then it was: "...but not like THAT!"

When I showed some of my quilting friends the first of these, it was: "Oh, SPIDER-MAN! My grandson would love that!"  (Cringe.  Right comic company, wrong character.)

What was really funny is when either of these two groups found out that the other group held CONVENTIONS.  I've been to many of both kinds.  Diversity is the spice of life.
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Very colorful Jared Takes a Wife Quilt on: April 25, 2010 04:37:06 PM
This looks great, and I'd think anyone would be pleased to own it!  Great scrappy look and the big blocks are awesome.
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: My Daredevil thread painting quilts on: April 25, 2010 03:21:37 PM
Just hit "this rocks" because this really does rock. I know nothing of thread painting, but these look like they demanded a lot of patience, esp. the last one with its city landscape! (Any chance of a close-up?)

The cityscape in the background of the Daredevil #26 cover is one of the Millenium Collection from Hoffman, I think. (I bought it last CENTURY!) It has famous skylines montaged in it, along with the twin towers in New York City.  There was also a stripe with the different skylines in each stripe in this collection.  I'll scan the piece for a closeup and post it soon.  Thanks for the comment!
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: My Daredevil thread painting quilts on: April 25, 2010 03:14:07 PM
Thread painting is done by free-motion embroidery, which is moving the hooped fabric by hand under the moving needle.  I describe it as drawing on paper by holding the pencil in one spot, and moving the paper underneath.  Same concept.  The size and direction of your stitches are determined by the speed you move the fabric.

What's really fun is to use a variegated thread and work with it to shade an area.  This is what I did on this section of a panel, on the red hair and the hat and scarf.  This is Matt Murdock (Daredevil's real name) and his college roommate, Foggy Nelson.  In case you don't know, Matt Murdock is blind, thus the white cane, wrongly drawn in the comics many years ago with a crook.

I begin my work with a drawing on thin paper.  Using black Sulky thread, I sew in an outline, as shown below in the partially finished panel, then tear away the pattern.

I then fill in the image, using the comic book as my photo reference.  Here, Foggy Nelson wants to choke his law partner, Matt Murdock.

Variegated thread is also great for making men's suits:

I started this project in 2004 as a tribute to the previous 40 years of the Daredevil comic art.  I have 4 large panels and several smaller ones.  These are portions of the "Nelson and Murdock" panel that depicts Matt and Foggy at various times since they met at roommates in college through some stages of their law partnership.
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: My very first quilt:) on: April 25, 2010 03:36:54 AM
Awesome job!  I love that you've used fabrics with a lot of texture.  A lot of people forget about that when they are working on a crazy quilt, that you can get away with EVERYTHING!  That's what makes them so much fun.  Congratulations on your first quilt, and I hope that it's not the last.
10  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / My Daredevil thread painting quilts on: April 25, 2010 03:22:36 AM
This is one of the panels in a series of quilts I did as an homage to my favorite comic book hero, Daredevil.  Sulky thread on hand-dyed cotton fabrics dyed by my talented friend Cynthia Hebbard.  Hand beaded fringe added that I made from a vintage necklace that belonged to my high school English teacher.  The Swarovski crystal braille reads "integrity" and "justice".  From the comic book art of Joe Quesada, with his permission.  Quote from Daredevil writer and artist David Mack.  Approximately 24 inches square.

This is another piece, which features the art of Alex Maleev, and is a reproduction of the cover of Daredevil Issue #26, Volume 2.  A little bigger than the actual comic book.

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