I love being able to share things with my friends. It is fun, it is helpful…especially when they give me feedback…and it helps me keep things on track.. So I thought I would show you some of the various stages of my drawing and what I now think is the completed applique pattern drawing. I would still like your feedback if you see something that really stands out that needs changing.
Here is the original one I used for the first quilt “Waiting…”
I thought I should change her for the new Waiting… quilt 2. So I tried drawing several new women drawing.
Then I decided to go back and recast the original one.
After some feedback I realized the hair was not right and the clothes are not colored properly. I also drew a little girl. Here are some of the stages of that process:
So after some tweaking and moving and so forth, here is where it is now. Keep in mind when looking at this that it is just a pattern. The only thing printed will be the faces and hand. The rest will be created from various textures of fabrics, thread work, highlighting and lowlighting from inks or paints, but I do work best when I have a pretty good idea of how it really will look when finished. The woman’s dress, cloak, and hair are still not quite right, but that will be changed as I work through making the applique.
I am so looking forward to getting these put together now. I will make several versions of both the woman and the child and see which ones look best, and, after talking it over with Beth, my DIL, I decided to print out multiple faces and hands on a single sheet of fabric and set up a practice sandwich with it so I can figure out the best quilting for those. The faces are not large, but always the most difficult to quilt.
Sew there you are. These appliques are so important to the overall quilt. They aren’t easy, and they have taken a lot of time. I need them, though, to make the quilt I see in my head. I also have gotten together most, but not all, of the special pieces of fabrics I painted, pulled from my stash, and ordered for this. I am only waiting on the velveteen for the girl’s and woman’s coats and hat and the furry yarns for the edges. Time to sew!
Sew happy everyone! Have a great week. Please comment on my blogs.
Addendum: After some feedback, I made the girl smaller, the woman’s chin less prominent and did a few other changes to the hair. Here it is.