Friday, May 18, 2012

Blogger's Online Quilt Festival

Here's the final fabric portrait of Brittany.
     For this year I am entering a fabric portrait of my granddaughter, Brittany, in Amy's Creative Side-Blogger's Quilt Festival.  I had promised Brittany that I would attempt a fabric portrait of her as soon as I found the right picture of her for me to interpret.  Now you must know that Brittany is a young woman who posts lots of pictures of herself on her Facebook page as she goes through her day to day life.  She loves taking pics of herself, her nephews and friends too.  Finding the right picture to capture her from the hundreds she's posted as she tries new hairdos, new make-up, and outfits was a dilemma for me.  Her most times sunny mood is offset by her sometimes gloomy outlook.  In the portrait I chose, she seems to me to be sort of "mellow", in-between those two extremes of her personality.

        I am very proud of Brittany who recently completed a course of study at WV Junior College with a very high average.  I'm wishing her success and a real job soon.
Here's picture I used and portrait in process.
I love making fabric portraits and find them to be a study of personality and character. The whole process-- from finding the right photo and fabric, to creating and capturing the features of the face or body--I find a rewarding challenge.  In working with Brittany's portrait,  I had the hardest time settling on a background.  I tried out many different ones in the process, but when I saw the star fabric, something in me clicked and I knew that was it.  It speaks to, along with the expression, the sort of star quality she exudes in all she does.  See below some of the different backgrounds and fabrics I auditioned in working on this portrait.



 






I am looking forward to participating in the festival this year and viewing all the beautiful quilts submitted by others.


Amy's Creative Side


I love comments and will respond with joy.



38 comments:

  1. Fantastic quilt! My daughter always wants me to do a portrait quilt, but to be honest I am too afraid so far. Thanks for sharing and greetings from Germany.

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  2. Thanks Sabine, I love making these quilts and I learn as I go. They are not as difficult as they seem and there are some great tutorials online.

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    1. Thank you! It was a work of love.

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  4. How very cool! I'm inspired to try more art-style quilts...

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  5. Fantastic! Such a great fabric portrait which captures her air in the photo, undoubtedly.

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  6. Amazing!!!I've always been in awe of those who can transform a photo of a face into a quilt!
    Ann

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  7. Your quilt portrait turned out great! The only one I have done is a portrait of my Yorkie.

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  8. Beautiful Granddaughter and a Beautiful Quilt, lucky you!

    Best Wishes
    Kay in Scotland

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  9. Great fabric choices in this quilt. I am sure your grand daughter will treasure this always.

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  10. superbe réalisation ,félicitation

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    1. Thanks Martine. I'm pleased it turned out so well.

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  11. what a fantastic quilt--love knowing a bit about your beautiful granddaughter who's lucky to have you who can create such a beautiful quilt for her. very impressive
    thanks for sharing and have a great day

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  12. Fascinating - I LOVE your portrait! Very lovely - and all my best wishes to the young lady for her future !!

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  13. Your portrait of Brittany is beautiful. It's so interesting to see how the different backgrounds changed the whole look, you chose the right one!! Thank you for sharing your wonderful quilt!

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  14. I'm kind-of surprised that there's no toilet in the background...all the teens I know who post on FB seem to take photos of themselves in the bathroom("good lighting and big mirrors" is the excuse I hear.) LOL. Your interpretation, however, is fantastic!!!

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    1. LOL. Marjorie, I wouldn't be honest if I didn't say there were a few of those too. Brittany's a sweetheart and trying to capture her likeness was a joy.

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  15. Your interpretation of Brittany is simply amazing!

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  16. Fabulous! And you picked the perfect background fabric. I hope to make one of these for my daughter some time. I am amazed at how "lifelike" these portrait quilts can be.

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  17. Wonderful portrait. The background fabric you chose was just perfect!

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  18. Well done! A great portrait of your granddaughter!

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  19. Brittany's portrait is lovely - and I especially enjoyed reading your thoughts on the creative process. Thank you for sharing!

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  20. fabulous job capturing Brittany in fabric!

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  21. What a wonderful quilt! I'd love to tackle a portrait in fabric but haven't been game to try yet.

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  22. An amazing quilt! Congratulations! (Lovely granddaughter also!)

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  23. Absolutely stunning - she is a beautiful girl and you captured her perfectly!

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  24. Hi, I came over from the quilt festival. This is great. You are a lady with a lot of talent.

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  25. What an amazing piece of work, so glad I dropped in.

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  26. I love your interpretation of Brittany and enjoyed browsing through your blog. Great piece of art.

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  27. That is an amazing portrait, you obviously picked the right picture of such a beautiful girl and captured her perfectly. I even think you picked just the right background fabric.

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  28. Fabulous job on the portrait!

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  29. It is such a wonderful job you did! I can't imagine myself being so creative like you are! Lovely!

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  30. Thank you for your lovely comment about my portrait quilt. I have been a follower of yours for a while now and love your work. Making fabric portraits requires so much more talent than what I do. I do hope you have a go at it though as it's a lot of fun.

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  31. Very well done fabric portrait! Excellent choice of fabrics for her hair--just perfect! Brittany is a beautiful girl! It's a whole different way of "seeing" to translate a photo into fabric. Looks like you've mastered this! Congratulations!

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