Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Out of the box?

My daughter (the younger) is an interesting person. When she gets into something, she will look it up on the internet and go to the library and read everything she can find. She has interests that are varied, for example she reads the classics, poetry,and then she will be reading Peanuts.  What does that have to do with quilting you might ask.  Well, let me tell you.

She came home from school and asked me to make a quilt from a book cover. (The book cover was the author's photo).I said "I can't do that". Being persistant she kept bringing up the quilt. I kept making excuses. Summer went on and she continued to pester me. Finally I told her that I would need a much bigger photo than the paperback cover. I figured I would be safe since she usually doesn't follow through when she is supposed to do something. So she brings home a copy of the cover that is only slightly bigger than the original. So I tell her that it is still too small and a few other lame excuses.

Now she usually keeps at me and I usually cave in and do what she wants. First I wished that I was Theri (or at least had a little of her talent). Then I went to Kinkos and blew the copy of the cover up as large as I could. I hung it next to my design wall. When DD came home she started doing a dance and shouting about her quilt being on the work que. I made her crawl around the floor and grid the photo. So this is it:

Next, I selected some fabric and cut it up. Then I got the fusible grid ready and took the pieces up to start laying them out. The pieces were the wrong size. Arrrggg. I could not figure out what was wrong, I used this grid before. Next day I went to the shop to check out the grid and see if I got the wrong stuff. At the shop I measured the grid and it was right. sigh. I went home knowing that I had to recut all those little fabric squares. Still puzzled I measured the grid at home and then the pieces. LIGHT BULB ON. I had cut two different sized pieces and I picked up the wrong ones. (Color my face red). So I retrieve the correct pieces from the cutting table and we start to do the layout.

I tell DD that I just do not know if I can maked this work. She tells me that he is a post-modern impressionistic writer, so it just needs to be an impression, not a realistic photo like image. Ok. Good. 
This is it so far.
Happy stitching.


  1. You are far braver than I am...I'd not attempt something like this in a million years!

  2. Have you seen the reproduction image of the Mona Lisa made from coloured cotton reels? Give it a go - you have nothing to lose. I think your daughter will love it. ann...

  3. Maybe this is a dumb question, but who is that guy? And why does your daughter want a quilt with his photo on it?

    The quilt is looking great and I think you just might give Theri a run for her money with this one!

  4. Sorta like needlepoint with little fabric squares! You have made a good start. Why does your daughter want a picture of that author on her quilt? Just a little spooky, maybe?


  5. I would have had to say "NO". I couldn't even have gotten close to what you've accomplished.

  6. You are doing an amazing job with this one. I would not even have tried it. Maybe I would have transfered the photo to fabric using a printer but not this. Good for you giving it a try. Good luck with it!

  7. It's looking good so far. Who is he and why does your daughter want him on a quilt? She's a lucky girl to have a mom who can oblige. And I think you might be flattered that she has such faith and appreciation of your artistic abilities :)

  8. Okay...this would be a good time to teach the girl how to quilt;) But really, who is he??? Good luck with the challenge;)
    Happy Quilting!!

  9. Good for you! (and your persistent daughter)! Your quilt looks like it is coming along very nicely- I'll bet she is thrilled when you get it all together. :) Theri

    p.s.- Next project, a bird!!

  10. This is so cool! Looks like a quilt my daughter would love. If I made her a John Waters quilt she would be over the moon. Bravo to you for taking on a new project that you and your daughter can work on together. Can't wait to see it finished!