|Malcolm (turned five the next month after this picture was taken)|
|Dawson (was two in March before the photo |
was taken in July, 2006)
|Locke (turned 3 while we were at Lake Michigan!)|
This was truly a red-letter day for me! The pictorial quilt which I started at Quilting Adventures in early March was completed today. This quilt was based on a photograph taken by daughter Susan five years ago, at Lake Michigan, when the boys were two, five, and three. I am delighted with it! I wish now that I had clocked the hours I spent on it. Certainly I worked on it for perhaps 24 or more hours in March, while I was taking the class from teacher Marcia Stein. In class, I fused the background pieces together, cut the little boys and their clothes out, using templates made from a tracing of the photo which we had enlarged at Kinko's. I fused them down on the background using my favorite fusible product, Misty Fuse.
The actual appliqueing was done once I got home; I used a tiny zig-zag stitch, in threads matching the appliques. I worked on that off and on in April, after the Waco Quilt Show. (I had other quilts to finish that I had entered in the Show.) During the first weeks in May, I machine quilted the piece, using "free motion" for most of the background, with hand-quilting for the sky. This week, I finished up more of the appliqueing and worked on making the binding.
Marcia Stein recommends making bindings that blend in with the quilt. Since around the four sides of the quilt there are a total of six different fabrics, this process was more complicated than any binding I have ever done before. Fortunately, Stein's book PICTURE THIS contains clear instructions and wonderful illustrative photos, showing how to mark and then cut the binding with the correct angles. I completed machine stitching the binding onto the quilt this morning, and then this afternoon I did the hand sewing on the binding to the back of the quilt, using blind stitching and the six different matching threads.
Now for some additional close-ups:
|This photo shows the binding along the left side,|
where three different fabrics were used. The shadowing
on the boys' bodies and clothes, and on the sand,
were done with brown tulle, fused on
with Misty Fuse.
|This shows some of the free motion quilting.|