NZ Quilt Symposium 2017 Entry
Egg Day was a book given to my daughter Maya on the day her brother Kalden’s embryo (the frozen egg) was implanted. They were both IVF "miracle" babies.
- I took this photo and inserted into powerpoint.
- There I select the photo, and "recolour into grayscale" (and you can determine how dark your "grey" is) and then artistic view as "photocopy"
- I then used this as a basis to create a few different ideas for my quilt. I went over the main lines I wanted to keep from the photo (simplifying) with pen.
- My creative additions stay on this piece and I transfer onto a big pattern once printed.
Making a full pattern for piecing and fabric collage.
- So I take that original grayscale and artistically changed to photocopy power point image and ensure it fills the page.
- I then duplicate it.
- I crop one page to the left. I crop the other page to the right (halving it from A4 to A5)
- I then rotate the cropped images to enlarge those halves to A4 size again, so creating an A3 size images. I keep doing this cropping and enlarging until I have the scale I desire.
- Print out the 20+ A4 pages and stick together.
Here you can see the scale.
This becomes my master pattern. It doesn't get cut
- I sketch in my trees and pillows and hills that will becoming my piecing plan onto my master ensuring I have sew-able sections , simple curves and a plan of how it will be joined with registration marks. Each is numbered and lettered = Trees become t1 t2 t3, hill - h1, h2 etc You may be able to see this in the tree section.
- I take tracing paper and overlay it over my master, and trace my pattern of piecing shapes and piecing info.
- I cut these and place on my fabric and draw with a vanishing ink pen or chalk pen the shape, rego marks then cut a 1/4 inch seam all as I was taught by Linda Beach.
I typically try to fuse my figures before adding to the pieced background, so this is where my master becomes handy where I can lay my pieces on top of my master then pin to hold before taking to by ironing board.
Before I fuse the clothing to the background - I need to add the figure!
Figures - to paint or not to paint?
I've done applique (fabric collage) and painted figures before and was unsure what do to here.
Now I had 2 weeks until the deadline of submission- where did that 2 years go! I was also conscious many people have asked me how I could teach them how to create a portrait quilt easily. I happened to see on TV a short doco of a woman who hand coloured lots of those NZ whites aviation pictures/b and W photographs and that got me thinking!
So I came up with a new technique (probably isn't!) for me that I probably would not do again myself but others might find useful if they do not like drawing or unsure about mixing paint colours with warm and cool tones etc
You know those enlarged 20 pages of A4 master pattern in powerpoint?
Take those images - you may need to move them over so they fit onto a page ( i.e. a face /hands might be strewn across 2-3 pages if large scale. If you can't fit a figure on one page, don't fret- do over two and use fusible webbing to join.( You are going to paint and stitch over so you wont see if you cut once fusible on the back)
Take some light "flesh" toned fabric and press some freezer paper onto it and trim into A4 pieces.
Print your images onto this! I only have a toner printer and this works fine. To seal the toner ( else it will smudge like chalk) I use a paint medium as a first coat.
I then use acrylic paint to paint my portraits and so once I apply a base coat of mid tone flesh I lose a bit of the "print" but I prefer that. Grab a portraiture for beginners book at the library to learn about warm and cool flesh tones - mixing paynes grey, cadmium red, sienna, white, brown etc....
If you are unsure about painting, water some acrylics slightly ( once you apply a clear medium to hold the toner or use a ink jet printer!) and use them like a wash to warm up and add definition to your fabric. Aquarel pencil ( these are colour pencils that when you apply water or damp brush they become soluable like water colour) are great as you can use them like pencils to colour in your piece being quite light and dampen with a wet brush to blend. If you can apply makeup and eyeshadow - you can do this!
Assemble and then stitch and quilt furiously to meet the deadline!!!!!!
Hope you are enjoying symposium!