Wednesday, January 30, 2013

"Getting Along"

Yeah, I'm so clever... ha. I am so not creative at these things, but I have named my quilt "Getting Along"... since this is one of my favorite photos of my kids and it was a rare day because they were actually getting along with each other. I am also a huge fan of photos of people taken from behind... I don't know why, but they are some of my favorite pictures to take.

Anyway.... several hours of piecing, 10 hours of quilting, a couple hours of hand stitching the binding and hanging pockets... and I have finally finished my art quilt. Even with the many mistakes {and there are quite a few, especially where the fmq is concerned} I am so proud of this quilt.

Here is my original photo...
And..... here is the finished quilt... I decided not to add a border and just went with some binding:
**squeal**

The quilt is 31 1/4" wide by 24 2/4" tall...      Here are a few closeups... I tried some pebbling:
I added some swirls to the hair and you can see some stippling there:
Hidden text which did not come out that great:
I'm already thinking about what to make next, although I'm thinking something smaller for now... so I can get a quick finish. I really loved this process and this came out better than the flower quilts {here and here}... getting better with each one I make.

I learned {and am still learning} FMQ with Leah Day's class and I learned this pictorial quilting technique from Wendy Butler Berns' class.

32 comments:

Martine said...

Can you hear me clapping a big applause from the Netherlands. It is really beautiful.

Penny (admin) said...

I can't hear it over the wind but thank you! lol

Sara said...

That's amazing! Good work!

Penny (admin) said...

Thank you!

Lynette said...

This is pure awesomeness!!! Who cares if the fmq has some glitches, it's amazing. And a portrait of your kids, even. Something to cherish forever. :D

Jenny said...

Wowza! Absolutely beautiful! The little quilting details are fantastic! Great job :)

Shirley in Canada said...

amazing!! I to love taking pictures from behind, especially kids as they have such a story to tell when they walk.

Penny (admin) said...

I agree!

Penny (admin) said...

Thank you!

Penny (admin) said...

Yeah... Kids are something else completely...

Debbie said...

Great job on your pictorial quilt. And such a precious photo to use.

Penny (admin) said...

Thank you!

Missy said...

That is great!

pat sloan said...

How Beautiful! I love it.. thank you for sharing on my Show and Tell day!

Recap: January Finishes | Sew Simple Life said...

[...] Not much I guess… I made a coneflower quilt using a design by Wendy Butler Berns… I edited the coneflower a bit and made a second flower quilt, I made a dolphin quilt for my mother-in-law, a birdy quilt to sell, a needlebook, which is also for sale, a w.i.p. bag, and Getting Along quilt. [...]

Kelly said...

OMG!! That's really special. Your kids will always have that moment and in such a beautiful form!

Penny (admin) said...

Thank you!!

Penny (admin) said...

Thanks, I agree! The kids already really love it...

Carole said...

Congratulations! What a beautiful moment to capture in such a wonderful way. Motherly love really shines through in this very beautiful quilt. Your children will surely cherish this in years to come.

Stella Nemeth said...

You did an awesome job on that quilt. I took Wendy's class at Craftsy too. So far I have not tried to do anything with that technique, but you inspire me to really think about it.

Cari said...

Wow, I love everything about this! The colors, the shadows at their feet, the detail on the hair! You did an amazing job.

Penny (admin) said...

Thank you! I hope they will, the do love it now :)

Penny (admin) said...

Thank you so much!

Penny (admin) said...

Thank you. I did make a lot of mistakes which I realized as I was going on but it still came okay. You should try it... Even I'd it's something small!

Lucy said...

its beautiful xxxxx such a joy to look at x

love lucy
http://blog.crazyforpurple.com

Penny (admin) said...

That is really sweet, thank you.

Penny (admin) said...

Thank you :)

Karen K. at Fireball Quilts said...

Super! This may sound funny, but my favorite part is the boy's hair! It is just the right amount of stitching to convey the shape and texture, and the cow lick is perfect. I'm really impressed.

Quiltin' Jenny said...

Wow! This is awesome! I also love pics of people from behind - one of my favorites is of my daughter and husband on the last day of a long trip with their backpacks. I don't know why it makes me so happy.

You did a great job, and I'm really impressed/surprised at how well it turned out without tons of shading with the thread or 50 bajillion different fabrics appliqued on top of each other.

What a special memory this will always be!

Penny (admin) said...

Thank you so much for the compliments!!! I made a lot of mistakes, but I am still very proud of this quilt. Even my husband snapped photos on his phone and showed everyone at work... LOL

Anonymous said...

Looking at this quilt a year later and it is still beautiful. what a great job you did on it.

NITA'S NEEDLE

Penny D said...

Thank you! It won first place in the 2013 Army Arts & Crafts contest.