Wednesday 17 May 2017

A MIni for a Friend

Sometimes I just feel like creating, and that is exactly what I did with this piece. As soon as I took this picture I knew I wanted to do something with it.

inspiration photo from my flower beds the flowers are hyacinths

The background I used is a piece of Northcott fabric, perfect for the earth. I used my favourite applique method 'Crafted Applique'. I rough cut the pieces I needed then touched them up with Inktense pencils, NeoColor Crayons and Sharpies. 

the bottom piece is the stone on the right of the finished piece, the top piece is the stone on the left before any  work on them

the leaves on the stone on the left before colouring
I gathered the equipment I was going to use to colour the stones, leaves and flower petals.

these are some of the items I used to re-touch the stones and leaves

after colouring the applique pieces

You can see where I added the yellow to the leaves. I wish I would have taken more pictures as I went along but I was so absorbed in creating I never even thought about my camera. The stones now look more like what I think they should look like. Remember art is in the eye of the beholder and at this point I was the beholder or wanna be artist.

the finished piece
To make the sandwich I laid the top face up then the backing face down on top of the front( right sides together) then the batting. I stitched around all four sides leaving a section open so I could turn the piece right side out. I pressed from the top rolling the edges to the back, then slip stitched the opening closed. The FMQing was then done.

This piece was mailed to Sandra for her new home. 

This lovely came home with me, more on her latter.

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  1. Very interesting! I wish you had taken more photos too, but I completely understand that you just go lost in your work. It's beautiful!

  2. Great interpretation - enjoy! Thanks for sharing on Midweek Makers

  3. Cindy this is beautiful, she's gonna love it! I always enjoy reading about your process when you create pieces such as this one. It looks like I could just reach down and pick one of those tiny little flowers.

  4. How awesome to get so absorbed in a project. It turned out beautifully and I'm sure Sandra is going to love it. :)

  5. What an awesome mini! You did a great job.

  6. This is amazing! When I first saw it on Sandra's Instagram post, I thought it was a photo. I do hope you can share more about how you use the pencils and markers sometime. But I sure get it! It's so easy to get in the zone, and then photographing seems like a big interruption. What a wonderful gift!

  7. Don't you love that feeling of being so in tune with a project that you forget about the world? This piece is absolutely stunning! (Time to get some of those markers and pens.) Awesome work and a beautiful piece!

  8. "Wanna be artist" woman you ARE an artist, a damn fine one! I ADORE and am mesmerized by the mini you made for me!!! I get choked up just thinking of how much work and thought and care you put into it and every day I see it, I still go 'wow' as it is so very lifelike as Janine said, looks like a photo. You are amazing with the pencils and touching up--will go study that more now because I wondered how you found such perfect fabric--the rocks for example have so much depth! Like I touch them and they should feel cold ha. You didn't talk about the gorgeous FMQ you did which just takes it to another whole level. Thank you so very very much.

  9. That is such an amazing piece of art! When I saw it on Sandra's blog, I at first thought it was a photograph! I have never made a quilt based on a photograph, but I would really like to try it!

  10. I saw Sandra's post about your thoughtful gift. Beautiful work!!

  11. Wow, I'm amazed at how 3-dimensional it looks. Wonderfully done!


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