Here's my model. Handsome, isn't she? You just can't get more "Texas" than this baby, right?
And here's my progress to far. Obviously, the eye is not done yet.
|Appliqué work in progress. Third Floor Quilts.|
Check back in a week or two and the whites and blacks will really pop!
In order to make these pieces, I first enlarged the photo in black and white, or gray-scale. Took it to Fedex to print. You can of course do this in color, but it is way more expensive to print the enlargement, and for pattern line drawing, the color is not necessary. This image is roughly 35 x 40 inches and the b/w enlargement costs about $7.00 at Fedex. You can "tile" the image and print it on your home computer - that seems like a waste of my time though, so I gladly pay the $7 bucks to have one photo on one piece of paper.
Next step is to draw the pattern. Here's a photo - it is a bit difficult to see the pencil lines. It's drawn on tracing paper. I taped several pieces of tracing paper together to cover the whole thing.
|Line Drawn Pattern by Teresa Duryea Wong. Third Floor Quilts.|
I should add, the appliqué will be fused, raw edge - using Misty Fuse. This is the FIRST time I have done a major project of this scale using Misty Fuse. I've done several smaller things so I could learn to use it properly. So far I am thrilled with the results.
Up until a year or so ago, I completed all my appliqué by hand - edge turned and everything! Can you believe it? Sometimes I can't even believe it! So fusing this one has saved me at least a month's worth of work, maybe longer. I made the switch for several reasons... one of them being the pain in my hands from hours and hours of hand work. This weighed heavier on my decision versus just saving time. But, I have to say, I'm so excited about being able to iron these pieces down and pretty much move straight to the machine for free motion quilting!
I'll update my progress on this again in a few weeks. I hope you enjoy this work in progress. Its Friday so I am linking up with Nina Marie's Off the Wall Fridays.
Be sure to check out all the great work there. Thanks for stopping by!