Thursday, August 14, 2008

Picture Quilts


One of these days, I'll find a good subject matter to forever immortalize in a large quilt. These are gorgeous and many times, a subject of conversation. They are picture quilts and have less structural rules than regular quilting, the biggest rule change is....you don't have to have the same color background. Or you don't need a background at all like in the upper photo and the one below. I love the Monopoly.


A picture quilt can be your house, landscape with horizons, or even leaves of a particular tree, but always a theme. The color fabric of the picture is appliqued, with embroidery being the main staple of detail.



A variation of the picture quilt is the portrait quilt, it is assembled the same way. Many quilters use a group of textiles, such as this Marilyn Monroe done in silks. The quilting is generally a wave pattern.


Plan on investing in a whole lotta scotch guard. C & G Design.

7 comments:

tina said...

Why do you need scotchgard?

Dawn said...

I would protect it with something that was stain resistant, also I'm not sure I'd use it.

Skeeter said...

Quilts that tell a story. How neat is that...

Dawn said...

I'd love to get one going for me but can't think of a subject yet.

Eve said...

I know, Dawn. I have been trying to think of a theme. I started one with Billy in mind, since he is a singer or was in his Glory days. I had in mind all these musical notes and microphones and lyrics,,,etc. with the name of the band in the center..but I never got around to it. I still might do it.

I can't wait to see yours, when you pick out a theme. I know it will be awesome!

Dawn said...

That's a good theme Eve! If we ever take a family picture, (before my son gets to old), I kinda like to do that but I'm thinking that would be quite challenging. I just love Marilyn.

Jean said...

Marilyn is awesome and it must have been quite the job. I have read that faces are the hardest thing to do. Since I am not artist at all, I don't know.