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Louise Brogan on craftsy.com

What materials did you use? Cotton, hand dyed and various landscape fabrics

Louise Brogan on craftsy.com

What are you most proud of? I am most proud of how I captured the mood and how close the likeness my artwork was to the actual photo.

Louise Brogan on craftsy.com

What advice would you give someone starting this project? You must absolutely have the best quality photo and subject matter to begin with, The lighting is super important, as it also sets the mood. The larger you work, the easier it is to add important detail. Take your time choosing exactly the right fabrics, and your art quilt will be amazing!

Louise Brogan on craftsy.com

Does the photo cover the whole front? Job well done, looks really good and so life like! How big is it?

06/14/2012 Flag

Thanks for all the lovely compliments! The piece is 35X 30". The photo was taken from my cell phone. I went to a printer who enlarged the photo for me in black and white (cheaper, and you can also see your shade values better). I then traced the entire enlarged photo onto clear acetate (or you can use tracing paper, but it's easier, although a bit more costly, to use the acetate). After that, I began working in sections, working from background to foreground. In this piece, the furthest distance was the foliage at the top of the piece (impatients flowers, pine branches, rocks and leaves.) Then I found a fabric that was in the correct scale for the grass, I attached those two pieces together to get my background for the puppy. I did a lot of free motion stitching on the background before ever working on the puppy. I then searched for a hand-dyed fabric that worked for the puppy fur. I traced the whole outline of the puppy onto this fabric along with some line details for the wrinkles and eye, ear and nose placements with a light pencil line. I fre-motion stitched all my details with stablilizer behind the grey fabric, and when I was satisfied with the results, placed it on my background and stitched overlapping grass blades and small grey stitching to attach it. The rest was just sandwiching and binding! A long process, but very rewarding!

06/15/2012 Flag

Awesome quilt!! Love the details. You are a wonderful artist...thanks for sharing this gorgeous quilt!

06/23/2012 Flag

Thank you!

04/01/2015 Flag

I have a neo mastiff name Queen Sadie and she is four years old and she look just like your dog. Same color I am so proud of you for making this quilt. I would love to learn how you did this? I am new at this. Again Love, Love, Love, :0)

05/03/2015 Flag

Thank you so much! Get a good photo, enlarge it, then trace the outlines on a piece of clear plastic or acetate. Fin it over so you now see the reverse. Put the drawing on a light box, and trace the reverse onto the paper backing side of fusible web. Iron the fusible we onto white muslin. Put it back on the light box , fabric side up, and use colored pencils to trace onto fabric. Now you have a template to work from.

05/03/2015 Flag

PS...after ironing on the fusible web to your fabric (the fabric i chose was the gray hand-dyed, but you can use white muslin and color with colored pencils, markers or fabric paints), but do not remove the paper backing from the fusible webbing until you are done tracing or painting your detail lines.

05/04/2015 Flag