Angel On My Shoulder

I’ve been working on a new small quilt and taking pictures of it in progress – documenting the method to my madness 🙂

I’m not using any new kind of technique, really, just finding my own style of working from a photograph and using fusible. Let me show you…

A vintage photo, purchased from an antique shop
Tracing basic value shapes and outlining with fine point black marker
Over a light source,  retracing onto freezer paper from the tissue paper
I also trace onto the muslin base. Fabric layers will cover the lines!
Once fabrics are chosen I apply fusible (Mistyfuse) to the backside.
Ironing the pattern onto the background fabric. I prefer scissors for cutting.
I build a quilt from the background forward. Here, after the background, the boy’s brown shirt came next. I tried two other fabrics before deciding to use the brown… and by ‘tried’ I don’t mean auditioned :-/  Hey, just because it’s fused doesn’t mean you can’t pull it (carefully) off and try again!
I like to layer fabrics and overlap edges. Sometimes I look at my scraps from cutting and feel inspired to add one here or there. Not everything is from the pattern!
You can also see I played with the idea of using blue in the skin tone, not as a color but as a value.
Later in the process I changed my mind 🙂
Do you see hair in those leaves and petals? I do!
Every bit of the hair is from the above fabric… oh, and yes, she’s an angel 🙂
Continuing to cut from the freezer paper pattern.
So this is as far as I’ve gotten 🙂   Soon, I’ll add finishing details to the faces with paint before progressing to the stitching. The completed quilt is slated to make it’s debut at The Grove Street Gallery this fall.
For more inspiration, follow this link to Off The Wall Friday