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InstructionsI used the Amy Bradley book as a guide, but made my own changes so it looked more like me. I printed a picture of myself, then traced it on to a transparency and used that as a guide.
Type of item: Home Decor
Style: Whimsical, Funky
quilting fabric, fusible webbing, and lots of thread.
What was your inspiration?
My mother died in May at the age of 85 - she was an amazingly creative yet practical person. She could sew anything. When I got back from the funeral, I needed something creative to do - something that would take my mind off of how sad I was. Making these made me laugh. When I posted the picture of my mom;s portrait on Facebook, my siblings new exactly who it was - I was able to capture my mother's trademark turtleneck and gold necklace...and those glasses!
What are you most proud of?
Capturing the essence of my mom (and me). I've never done any sort of art quilting - although I do a lot of free-motion - it was more therapy than anything. I think that is what helped me overcome my fear.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Just do it. It's supposed to be funny - you really can't screw it up. When my friend started to work on her daughter's portrait, she was terrified - but it really looks like her. You'll figure things out and improve with each one you make.
And I wrapped these around a 12"x12" artist's canvas, I didn't want it to look like a quilt (bound) - to me, it's art and should be treated like that.