Then I cut out the shorts, shirt, and his hair. These were ironed down to my chosen fabrics, shiny side of the paper down. This wonderful product sticks to fabric when ironed but is easily removed. (And it can be re-used. I could have used my other patterns from the first quilt, but I am making this one slightly bigger.)
Then I cut out Dawson's entire body, ironed the pattern down on flesh-colored fabric, and then cut it out. This ends up looking much like a cloth "paper doll"! I put the body up on my design wall and then dressed my cloth paper doll, laying the various clothing items on top. Lastly I cut out from my pattern his hair and put it up on his image. Eventually, I will adhere Misty Fuse, my favorite fusible, to all of these pieces, but that's still another step not yet taken.
In Stein's class I learned a lot about fabric choices! I had brought for the skin-colored areas a piece of fabric by Maywood Studios, EESO, #513, called "Shadow Play." This is very flesh-like in color, rather pinkish, but Marcia thought it showed up very well against my yellowish/tan beach fabric. So I've used that again for the skin areas. For Dawson's hair this time, I used one of the Stonehenge fabrics from Northcott's Sunshine Cottage line, specifically #3951. For Dawson's shorts for the first quilt and this time, and probably for the other boys' shorts, too, I've found that Moda Marbles is great. Its mottled look imitates the shadows on the clothing wonderfully well. By fussy cutting, I was able to get the dark areas to appear where the shadows are in the photo. Brown mottled-looking batiks will likely be used for the other two boys' brown hair.
So now some pictures of this second stage of the portrait quilt:
|This is the cartoon--the enlargement made at the copy shop|