So as you know, spring quilt market this year is being held in Salt Lake City, Utah...which happens to be basically my back yard.
One of the things that is going on to celebrate that fact is a huge quilt that is being put together by all of the Utah based designers; designers of textiles, sewing patterns, quilts, etc.
The theme of the quilt is: All Dolled Up in Salt Lake City
Each of us has been asked to design a quilt block based on a doll...which we have been supplied with in template form. We were also supplied with colorful fabric to make her with.
We each were asked to dress her up as we desired, and create a quilt block featuring her, that will be put together into a large quilt that will be given away, or raffled, or auctioned off or something like that.
In addition, each of the blocks with their templates and directions to make them will be available at each of the designer's personal booths. People can stop in at each booth to pick up each of the block patterns, so they can create something similar, either as a group project, or for one very ambitious, very tenacious person to create on their own!
So I decided it would be fun to show you a little bit of what I ended up doing for this assignment.
First of all, true to my nature...I procrastinated it till just a few days ago. The deadline is Feb. 28th.
Second, I took a look at the doll template.
(You don't have to do the hair the way they did...it's just an idea.)
Then I drew a design that I wanted to do for her clothes. Maybe you can see it...it's a little light.
I decided to put her into a little skirt with a "V" neck top, covered with a longer fur-trimmed coat. She has boots too, which I personally love to wear.
Next, I began to work on the hair I wanted her to have. BIG. WILD. STRAWBERRY BLOND. I decided to use some of my vast silk collection for the hair. I love the sheen of it.
Once I had the design elements on paper, I proceeded to cut out each little piece from the appropriate fabric, which had been backed with a paper-back adhesive. (I never said I was a pro at needle turn applique'...so I cheated.)
Then I ironed all those pieces onto my background fabric, and began stitching, stitching, stitching. I used embroidery floss in matching shades.
I love doing it...it's tons of therapy for me.
Now here is what the finished product looked like.
This fabric is from Riley Blake, the Sweet Divinity line, By Amanda Herring (Quilted Fish).
Also true to my nature, I had to bang it out with a giant over-sized flower. (Simply had to.)
FACES are tricky! I think that left eye is bigger than the right. Darn!
Do I fix it?
So wouldn't it be fun to see all the other blocks that have been done or are currently in the process? I think so.
I promise to get some fabulous pictures of the final quilt at market so everyone can see all that creative deliciousness when it's all done.
That's it for today...thanks for always coming to visit!
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Posted by Lila Tueller at 10:26 AM