Saturday, 21 March 2009

A New Project

Quilters often have many projects in a half finished stage - and I'm just one of the crowd! I'm starting a new project today. A couple of years ago we travelled to France to attend a wedding. While there we spent some time at the workshop of the bride's father, Roger. We would have loved to bring home a piece of his furniture but it would have been very costly, so we compromised. We would buy a suitable piece of furniture and Roger would have some doors painted with his trademark scenes. In exchange, we (I) would make them a quilt. They had seen the quilt I had made as a wedding present for Caroline and considered this a fair exchange.

Roger's Workshop:


The Dresser we bought for the doors:



The quilt I made for Caroline - and if you want to know why I made her such a strange quilt you can read a bit more about it here.


We heard from Caroline a couple of days ago with exciting news - her first baby is due any day now! And she also sent pictures of the paintings that are going to be on the doors her father is making for us. So I must get on with our part of the exchange. And here is the pattern I have printed for my quilt. It is one of the pictures that Roger uses for his furniture.



I use PhotoImpact for my artwork and it allows me to print out posters by choosing how large the poster should be (in this case 80cm x 110cm) and it prints the picture out on a number of normal size pages (16 in this case) for me to stick together to make a poster. This poster is then the pattern I work from, tracing the pieces onto tracing paper and then reversing them onto the back of vliesofix (wonder under) to make up the picture with fabric pieces. It will be raw edge applique, the same as Caroline's quilt. I might try to piece the frame though.

9 comments:

gwensmom said...

Wow that rooster will be a lot of work. But you obviously have the skills! I can't wait to see it done in fabric.

Janice said...

yeah, me too! I've got no idea how it will turn out but it will be an adventure getting there!

PitsLodge said...

Looks very cool. Love the polar bears in his workshop.

PitsLodge said...

oh thats me emma werid my name has changed lol

Helen said...

Hi Janice

Great to see you are starting on this piece. Do you have enough rooster fabric?

Janice said...

I don't know because I haven't got to the rooster yet, i'm having trouble finding turquoise sky fabric

Barbara Strobel Lardon said...

Hi...
All I can say is Wow! Great painting and I too look forward to seeing this rooster become a quilt.

Janice said...

Thanks Barbara - wonderful isn't it? wait until you see the doors they are making for our dresser.

and thanks for becoming my first follower too!

Madame Samm said...

I am so impressed this is grogeous, both artwork and quilt..bravo