Posted by: jbaner | September 30, 2015

Fairy Tale Challenge

Last June I was invited to participate in an international challenge. Apparently the challenge is held every year by these organizers. Every year they come up with a theme, then have 30 women from each of the participating countries which include the US, France, and Japan make the quilts which then go on tour. So there are 90 total quilts.

This year’s theme is Fairy Tale Challenge. 30 fairy tales from all three countries were chosen, then one woman from each country does the same fairy tale. We were able to name the top 3 we would like to do and then wait for the assignment. The first two I wanted to do were already taken. So I picked out 3 others and I did get one of them: Beauty and the Beast. I was excited that I got that because I was wanting to paint the faces and then quilt them.

I agonized over the painting technique I would use. I’m very familiar with inks, but not sure if I could get detail with the applicators I had. Then there’s dye painting like Hollis Chatelain does. I long to do that, but for me there are complications with getting the dyes mixed correctly, so I set it aside debating about it. Then I took a class with Susie Soderlund of Marbled Arts using Paintstiks. I’ve used them before, but they are mostly used with stencils, so again I was not sure of the details. However I played around with them during the class and got a few new ideas and found that I could get what I wanted.

So I decided to use the Shiva Oil Paintstiks to do the painting. But first I needed to draw the faces. So I drew them out on paper to size (there was a 50cm square requirement), then transferred that to my white PFD fabric. Not that I needed to use PFD, but it was the best plain white fabric I had.

I’m going to show you my process, although I didn’t really think about taking step by step pictures, but I do have some.

initial drawing

initial drawing

This was my first drawing on paper with colored pencil with the two figures facing each other. Profile is not necessarily the most flattering pose, so I wasn’t happy with it. So I scrapped that drawing and started over and ended up with this next one.

final drawing

final drawing

After getting the details drawn the way I wanted them, then I transferred the drawing to fabric with light valued colored pencils. After that I started with the skin tones. I used stencils brushes, made masks to cover the edges and found ready made stencils that had the right shapes and curves for me to use.

beginning to paint in the skin tones

beginning to paint in the skin tones

Next I added the hair and then on to the clothes.

adding the hair and clothing

adding the hair and clothing

Added the Beast's jacket and horns

Added the Beast’s jacket and horns

Next came the sky and moon which finished the painting portion of this project. I had to wait a good three days to let the oils completely dry. After that the paint is “heat set” with an iron.

Next came the sky and moon

Next came the sky and moon

Then I mounted it on my longarm and quilted the sky and moon first.

painting5

quilted the sky and moon first

Then I quilted the hair and clothing on both Beauty and the Beast. After that, I took it off the longarm and did the details on the faces (starting with the Beast) on my Bernina with a smaller needle for which I had more control.

quilted the Beast's face first

quilted the Beast’s face first

close up of the Beast

close up of the Beast

Then I did Beauty’s face. All the fine details on the faces were done with thread rather than paint.

Beauty close up

Beauty close up

The last detail before quilting the lower left jacket was to write in the title in gold metallic thread. After  trimming to the specified size, I added a border of couched heavy metal thread laid on top about 1/2″ from the binding edge.

I wrote in the title very subtly in the corner

I wrote in the title very subtly in the corner

This is the finished piece:

Beauty and the Beast finished!

Beauty and the Beast finished!

I had a blast making this quilt. It’s been sent off to the organizer and I won’t see for another 2 years!

Thanks for taking a look at my process….

Jo

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