Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Another barn quilt challenge!
For those who follow my blog you will recall the flag barn quilt I did, in which I super-imposed a Puerto Rica flag over a British flag, to honor the heritage of a co-worker, named Nellie, and her husband. This was a challenge to take the British flag, which is rectangular, and re-shape it to fit a square board. I copied and pasted an image of the flag onto my microsoft word program on the computer and did my re-shaping.
Nellie then asked me if I could do two 1x1 barn quilts, one depicting the British side and the other the Puerto Rican side. She wanted me to replicate a british rose! I came up with a photo of a quilted british rose and used it as a guide. There was a lot of intricate taping involved to come up with a suitable likeness of petals. All in all, in came out fairly good.
Now she wanted a image to remind her of Puerto Rico. She said that the hibiscus flower is very coming there and asked if I could do that on a board. I scoured the internet for an image of a hibiscus in a quilt pattern. I came up with nothing. I then searched under 'hibiscus line drawing' and came up with a line drawing of a hibiscus. I printed out the drawing and, with an Exacto knife, cut out the petals and drew the petals on the board. The rest of the painting was done free-hand. The result came out better than I expected!
I've now been commissioned to make a barn quilt for someone who makes home-made wine. I'm taking a series of photo's as I progress with it and will do a blog showing how it was done.