It doesn't seem like it was that long ago that one of the other mamas for DQS (doll quilt swap #9) suggested that we might have a general give away prize for an end quiz. I never really knew if it would happen, (and still don't) but volunteered to make a quilt to try to epitomize the group.....(sorry about that guys! I sorta did forget about you, I guess since this no way epitomizes you.) Anyway, I drew this about a month ago, (with the help of the loraliedesigns.com for inspiration) and though it time to put it to fabric.
First, of course, I got out my yards and yards of steam a seam (and yes, I do buy it by the yard at my local quilt shop now, if you can believe. LOL) I looked at the picture and figured I'd do it by sections so did not remove the backing from her head section while doing the bottom of the quilt. I knew I had to tuck some of her hair under her head and once ironed down, I wouldn't be able move it.
Little by little I kept cutting and fusing. I felt like a kid with my little scissors cutting all those tiny pieces.
The top took me the longest. E-gads, all those thread spools just about drove me over the edge!!!
At that point, I sewed the whites of her eyes down so that I could use my crayons to tint her eyelids and cheeks and draw the fine details of her eyes as well as do a french knot in each eyeball for expression. I then ironed it with my muslin on top to set the details and crayons.
I continued in my usual manner, sandwiching the rest and using my free motion quilting, sewed all the colored fabrics down with appropriate colored threads (about a million it seemed like at the time) so that I could get the details just right. I then, used my detail pen again on the tape measure, spool tops, scissors, and inside petals. I don't know what I'd do without those micro pens, I use them so often and not just to label my quilts either. At this point it was time for my newfound love of swirl quilting (I really MUST find a new pattern, I suppose)...so after that, it was basically done except for squaring it off and binding it. And wa-la.......
Note her jeweled pincushion crown! I actually bought crystals and glued them down, if you an believe?! A real quilt queen if you ask me!!! Too bad I'm not that glamorous, hey?! E-gads, I don't even wear lipstick most of the time.