Friday, August 30, 2013

"Woolly Afro II" by Unicia Buster (Update)

I've added some hair. Right now, it's just laying there to see how it looks. I think I want to add more earth tones and make it a bit fuller. I'm going to lay out the hair for the sheep and lamb just to get an overall feel for it.

I'm almost finished all of the hand stitching. This is a detail of one of the lamb.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

"Woolly Afro II" by Unicia Buster

This is an update on a quilt in progress for a client's new home. It is modeled after "Woolly Afro" which is now owned by the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System. 

What I've done so far:

  1. I've photographed my model and selected the best posed position.
  2. I've selected other images from the internet to best fit the model shot and made a collage.
  3. I created a pattern from the collage image.
  4. Purchased fabric.
  5. I cut the pattern out of the fabric.
  6. I pieced it together on a back piece of fabric (the two greens). 
  7. I've started baste stitching into place by hand. 
What I have left to do:
  1. Machine satin/button hole stitch. 
  2. Add details by hand to the faces of the lady, the sheep and lambs. 
  3. Cutting and add all the little different color circles for the hair. (This part is the most tedious but fun - can't wait). 
  4. Border the quilt top - haven't decided on those colors yet.
  5. Make the quilt sandwich by stitching it together with the batting and back piece using a nice stitch pattern.
  6. Bind the quilt edges.

I'm estimating I should be finished by October, but hopefully sooner. I really want to get this to her but I don't want to rush it either. I want this to be my best to date with improvements made in my applique and binding techniques.

I love this color scheme. Wish I had it for my bedroom. Lots of earth tones and purple with accents of pink and blue and thrown sporadically in the hair will be some soft oranges and yellows.

Everything's all cut out with a quarter inch. I love the two lambs.

Basting, what fun. I used fabric glue in the past and it got pretty stiff (and messy).  So, I'm trying it this way by hand to reduce a lot of shifting. The lady's face is drawn in as well.

Another view point.
I've been sick a lot lately, so I haven't worked on it as much as I wanted to. Hopefully, though that will change. Enjoy. Feedback is always appreciated.