Friday, June 14, 2013

Tulips and Rosie - the Beginning



Usually the bunnies nibble the stems of the tulips.   Then the buds fall off and I never get to see them bloom.  For some reason, this year the *%$&! rabbits left my flowers alone and I took a series of photos with Rosie posing with the posies.

I need a piece with a botanical theme and I really like this shot.

I wanted to work big this time, so I cropped it, converted it, made a line drawing, and printed out this pattern on my computer.  I laid it out on the rug and taped the sheets together.

note to self: next time vacuum up the dog hair before laying out the papers!



I traced it onto freezer paper and began cutting out the fabrics.  I'm using raw-edge appliqué for this with MistyFuse for my glue.

Getting the eyes done really makes a difference.



I made the tulips using Tsukineko inks on plain white fabric.  Then I fused them.  The pieces were just too small to fiddle with and I plan to cover them with thread anyway.

I'm linking up with Nina Marie at Off the Wall Fridays today.

13 comments:

Quilt Rat said...

I always love to see the progression of a piece....this one is off to a fabulous start! Wonderful subject matter. :-)

Judy Ferguson said...

In my opinion, raw edge applique is the best way to go. It is much faster and the threadpainting keeps everything in it's place. Good job.

Gwyned Trefethen said...

It is so much fun to watch a piece progress. What intrigues me is how a rather complex image comes alive through simplification. It is your artist's eye that chooses not only what to include, but also what to exclude. Can't wait to see the finished pieced.

Robbie said...

What a great piece and what fun to see it come together!!! Wonderful!!

Cay Denise said...

Very nice interpretation of your inspiration photo!

Terry Aske Art Quilts said...

Love the eyes! Great to see your process.

Sylvia said...

Lovely piece! Thanks for sharing your process.

Jan said...

I love seeing your process! This is already wonderful, I look forward to seeing further work on it. Yes, getting good detail on the eyes makes the whole piece have more soul.

QuiltSwissy said...

Thanks for sharing,, the Swissys and Berners always made wonderful subjects!

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Cathy Perlmutter said...

What a wonderful piece! I want to pat that doggie!

Beth said...

Really nice piece. Love Rosie!!

Lucy James @Professional Doctoarte said...

I am a big animal lover and I really enjoyed the photo of your dog with the posies. That is a good, and a little funny, note to make sure that the dog hair is cleaned up. It is funny to me because I can relate to it. I love the end result, very expressive eyes.

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