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on: March 06, 2009 12:15:49 PM 
Started by patchyemm, Message by patchyemm
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Here are a few process shots so you can see how I put it together.  Hopefully this is interesting or helpful to someone!  Smiley

Here's the sea - pieced of 1" squares.  The big chunk of calico is where the rock is going to be and I did that to save myself a lot of time and effort, and also to save on fabric.

So I paper-pieced the rock, that's where you cut all your shapes out of paper, tack the fabric onto them, then sew all the pieces together by hand, and when you've finished you take the paper out.

This is the first part of the body being assembled - note the tweezers  Smiley  These were ironed onto a calico back ground using fusible web because I was too scared to put them directly onto the rock in case I made a mistake.  I put down the darkest areas of the body first and every piece slightly underlapped the piece that went on top.

Deciding what colour fabric to use for the lightest areas on her back...

All finished.  So then I carefully cut around her and tacked her to the background and then did a narrow zig-zag to attach her.  I also zig-zagged around all the individual pieces to hold them and prevent frayed edges.
on: February 27, 2009 03:26:35 PM 
Started by patchyemm, Message by patchyemm
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I made this quilt for a competition we have in New Zealand called the Hoffman Challenge - I think there┤s a similar one in the US.  The rules are that you have to use a ┤recognisable amount┤of the selected Hoffman fabric (this year it was the one I used in the mermaid's tail), the quilt must be under 1m square in size and it must not be square or rectangular.

Detail of tail

Hand detail

I started doing patchwork a couple of years ago after being really inspired by the picture quilts I saw in a local exhibition.  So I wanted to try a picture quilt and I wanted to try creating a human figure using shading - I've been very interested in this.  So when I saw this year's Hoffman fabric it immediately suggested to me a mermaid tail and I thought this was a great opportunity to try those things out.

I machine pieced the sea with 1 inch squares, paper pieced the rock and then slip-stitched that to the sea, created the mermaid using fusible-web applique (product called Vilesofix in NZ), machine-stitched her to the background using a close zig-zag, used a whole piece of fabric for the sky and needle-turned the hills.  Then it was machine-quilted.  This was my first time quilting and while I'm in love with patchwork I'll say that I didn't hugely enjoy the quilting.  I think that was just cos it was my first time though.  Also, I do think the quilt might have looked better if I hadn't quilted it so densely, but I guess that's all part of the learning curve.  Hopefully quilting will become more enjoyable!  Putting together all the little pieces for the mermaid's skin was easier than I thought it would be - courtesy of patience and a pair of tweezers!

I'm definitely keen to do another portrait type quilt - not sure what the subject will be but I loved figuring out the shading for the body and seeing that come to life.  I didn't sketch the figure by the way - I'm okay at sketching but not that good.  My very kind and patient husband  Wink took some photos of me and I traced one.

Comments and criticism are greatly appreciated  Smiley
on: January 13, 2010 11:56:57 AM 
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