Our Texas adventure, Part 2

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Hazel, October 2014What do you usually do when you are on a long road trip, sitting in the passenger seat? Sweet hubby loves to drive, so I’m rarely behind the wheel, but that’s okay. I can always find something to do! On this trip, we listened to audio books most of the time, but I had to keep my hands busy, so I brought along a little project.

I decided to use my Making Faces technique for fused appliqué portraits to make a portrait of my little granddaughter, Hazel. Isn’t this the most adorable picture? I thought it would be a good project to keep me busy for quite a while, so I squeezed in a few hours before we left to prepare the photo, create my pattern, and select the fabric. I made things a little more complicated for this portrait because I used five layers instead of my usual four, plus I wanted to use different fabrics for the pumpkins, the dress, and her skin. You’ll see later that in my rush to get ready I forgot to follow my own instructions and mirror the picture. Oh, well!

Working on Hazel's portraitI try to tell people that my technique is really easy; in fact, it is so easy that it is possible to do in very small, confined spaces like as a passenger in a car. I brought along my June Tailor Cushioned Quilter’s Square ‘n Blocker to use as a work table. You can see it here propped up between my lap and the dashboard. On it, I have the fabrics I want to use with the patterns already applied to the backs. This portrait will be 16″ square when it is finished.

Hazel's portrait in process

By 3 in the afternoon of the first day, I had the pumpkins completed. By dark I had her dress cut out. I was even an over-achiever and I decided to cut out the leaf pattern on her dress. I don’t typically recommend something like that, but I was, after all, trying to use up lots of time!

Working on Hazel's portraitWe were almost to Houston on the second day by the time I finished cutting out all the skin tones and I had them positioned correctly with her dress. I waited until we were in our hotel room before I finished assembling all the pieces by placing Hazel in the pumpkin patch. Here is the finished, unquilted portrait. DD#2 loved it!

Hazel's finished portrait

More about our Texas adventure tomorrow.

9 Responses

  1. Brenda Johnson

    Awesome! You did my heart good by forgetting to do the mirror image. Always love to see Hazel!

  2. Brenda Johnson

    Do you have a tutorial to making the different parts, different colors (like the flesh fabrics for her body)? Do you print out more sheets and do them like separate projects?

    • Maria

      Brenda, no, I have not written a tutorial on how to use specific fabrics on just parts of the image, but I do just treat each section separately until the very end.

  3. Jacqui

    Absolutely awesome. I have just recently got your makeing faces video but have not had a chance to do one yet. I have eight grandchildern somthing like this would be great to do. Is there anychance that you will do a video class that we can purchase on how to do this quilt, as it looks so life like. I have looked at other peoples work that do portraits, but they say doing childrn is a lot harder,and dosnt usually come out well, but yours looks like no trouble at all. What program do you use for doing the photos. new to this i didn’t no if suppose to ask questions here.