January 23, 2008

Work-In-Progress


This is a WIP of a quilt I am creating using one of my photos. This is for the challenge...Take It Further. One of the challenge options is to create art that represents someone you admire. The pink petunias represent my mom. She always grew a pot of petunias on her front porch. I still grow a pot of pink petunias to always remind me of her happy attitude no matter what life deals to you. She went through great adversity and suffering and still found things to laugh about.

This piece is ready to machine quilt and applique. The white lines are the marked lines for quilting. I try to follow the lines I mark, but usually I go by what feels right once I get it under the machine needle. The good news about the lines is that they iron away. I used the Clover White Marking pen. This picture was also a test of my new lighting system using the daylight fluorescent bulbs. I didn't use a flash and shot it rather quickly. But I think it still looks better and the colors are true. I will post more about the details of the lighting system later. I'm off to machine quilt this piece.

10 comments:

McIrish Annie said...

Love your piece! and thanks for the tip on the clover marking pen. I have been looking for something that comes off without water. Will give this a try!

Susan Nash said...

Love it Vivi!!
Did you alter the photo?

Susan said...

Hi!
I'll look forward to seeing how your piece progresses. I like the symbolism already and find your method of marking quite wonderful.
Susan

Meg in Albuquerque said...

A delightful tribute to your Mom and a good start on the TIF challenge.

LynnS said...

What a beautiful piece! I love your choice of vivid colors. Is this applique or a photo transfer of some type? Would love to learn more about your constructive process.

Vivian said...

Thanks for the nice comments! The colors are the true colors and I didn't have to alter it. I will post where I got the directions to make your own studio lights. They are very inexpensive and easy to do. (Check my blog later)
I love the Clover white marking pen. You just have to remember not to iron it until you stitch. I learned the hard way as this one was marked twice.
This is an applique piece done from a line drawing of my photo.
I appreciate the comments on my work.

Tanguera said...

Lovely piece. I love the photo. Can hardly wait to see it finished (and it doesn't look at all like a pot holder!)

Nikki said...

Love the petunias and your tribute to your mom. Yours is the first TIF challenge piece I have seen that is a tribute to an admired person. I am having great fun checking out people's pieces even though I haven't had time to take up the challenge myself.

Vivian said...

Thanks, everyone! I hope to get it quilted today, but you know how time gets away from you.

Cheryl L said...

I love it, too. You are so talented!!