Back in December, Maria Elkins, visited our Columbus Modern Quilt Guild meeting and shared some of her techniques and brought a number of her quilts along for us to inspect up close and personal. I had seen Maria Elkins work before and was rather intimidated. (Honestly, I still am!) BUT, I am going to give it a try. Maria does quilt portraits, and she has used many different methods, but the method I am going to attempt first is Fused Applique.
Here are some samples of her Fused Applique work to give you an idea of what this method is. (Posted here with her permission).
|Strawberry Delight - 12"x12"|
|Blue Dave - 17"x22"|
I have decided to do a hot air balloon as my first subject. It will allow me to explore cutting "non-square" shapes and assembling them together without requiring all of the fine detailed curves and multiple layers required to achieve the looks of the portraits. Rest Assured, I will try a portrait, but first, I am going to do a balloon. The photos were taken by a cousin of mine Diane Dunton and I have promised to give her the resulting quilt.
I will of course post my progress as I work on it!
Until Next Time,