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« Reply #20 on: April 29, 2006 12:05:25 PM »

u go girl that quilt is so pretty, i hope u won the challenge, now i feel like I can do the quilt that I wanted to do after seein this
« Reply #21 on: May 02, 2006 05:54:48 PM »

Thanks SoonFamo-Artiste; the quilt was chosen and featured in the spring issue of Quilting Arts.

My complimentary copy and accompanying letter:
« Reply #22 on: May 02, 2006 07:30:51 PM »

Wow, this is amazing!  Congratulations on your spot in Quilting Arts!

« Reply #23 on: May 03, 2006 08:29:39 AM »

Oh, that's awesome! I totally wish I had your mad quilting skillz!

« Reply #24 on: May 08, 2006 01:11:09 PM »

I remember seeing this in the magazine when it came out.  It's quite beautiful!
« Reply #25 on: May 11, 2006 03:43:17 PM »

It looks great.  Quilting Arts is such an amazing magazine... with a birthday coming up, I think I might request a subscription (it's soooo expensive per issue, I can never justify it myself)...

Can you give any tips for doing a portrait or faces within quilts in general?  I'm not much for drawing/painting, and quilting has always been a way that I can get away with not being able to because I can get around it by doing something similar... but faces are really messing me up.... how did you go from the original drawing/photo/idea to the finished face? 
« Reply #26 on: May 11, 2006 09:05:13 PM »

That's gorgeous, & congratulations on being featured in the magazine! I love the quilting on the face, & the colors are beautiful!
I'm also wondering about the process of going from a picture to a finished piece! Please tell us more!

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« Reply #27 on: May 12, 2006 06:51:06 PM »

Thanks again all-I love QuiltingArts too, so it was especially cool to be published in it.
I have to admit portraits are something I am relatively good with in general. However for this piece I did start with a photo and did some extensive altering in photoshop.
 I raised the contrast of the photo I was working with (which already had fairly good contrast) as high as possible without losing the image. Then I applied a cutout filter to it. I also altered the saturation.  I believe it was here that I duplicated the image and set one aside.I set my foreground and background colours to blue and red, and applied a graphic pen filter. I of course played with the settings of all. I returned to the duplicate and erased everything but the hair-this was because I lost the shape of the head and hair, so I made it a darker red and moved it over to the right place in the photo.

It was originally a design for a deco which I then painted. I decided to use the same layout for the challenge.  I traced the printed photo in reverse on the red fabric. I cut the centre out and fused the red over the blue. The smaller details, such as the eyes, were left off and later embroidered. I used some tear away stableizer behind it and machine embroidered. Then of course layering and quilting. Most of the stitchwork is the first round of embroidery.
« Reply #28 on: May 13, 2006 02:35:57 AM »

Thanks so much!  That's incredibly helpful..... it would, of course, be more helpful if I had Photoshop, but once I get it I know I'll have some clear ideas about what to do.

Thanks again, it really is gorgeous.

« Reply #29 on: May 21, 2006 07:31:10 PM »

so---------------------------o great!
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