17 Feb 2010
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A portrait of my husband. At first I thought I wasn't going to be any good as it is fairly difficult with those glasses, but when I looked at it from a distance it was okay. That is so surprising with doing these portraits.

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on 18 Feb 2010 11:20 AM

Great use of those patterned fabrics in his face; they come together beautifully.

Jaynie wrote
on 18 Feb 2010 5:10 PM

It looks better than OK to me.  The glasses have turned out very well, along with the rest of the portrait.

cousette wrote
on 20 Feb 2010 3:56 AM

A great job, too ! but I think it would be nicer without the frame.

meta1 wrote
on 21 Feb 2010 2:24 AM

Thanks everybody. I think you are right 'Butterfly', I don't like the background either. I think I'll change that. I use those back grounds to practice my FM quilting on and have quite a few by now.

SOTL wrote
on 23 Feb 2010 9:28 AM

Wow, I LOVE this. I do like the quilted frame and your choice of color, really draws me into the portrait. What size is the quilt? Can you quickly list your step-by-step method? What did your husband think?

meta1 wrote
on 25 Feb 2010 11:30 PM


Thanks for your nice comment.The portrait is 20x20 centimeters. Thijs likes the picture very much. It is a bit difficult to explain in short what I did, but I'll try. You take a photo and photoshop it to posteredges and grey scales. Print it and use as your pattern. Then choose as many fabrics as you have grey tones in your photo. Start with the lightest colour as your base and then layer the other pieces from light to dark on top of it. Use steam a seam to fuse it. You don't need to stitch it when you do that. I think the best way to learn the most effective way to do this is to have Maria Elkins's workshop. She explains in a very clear way how you can make three different styles of portraits. You can order it at Interweave, as a download so you can have it the very same moment as you order, which is great. I hope I've helped you with this answer.