Saturday, July 23, 2011

Portrait Quilt: Tweaking at the End: Part Eight

And I just thought I was done!  Taking a new look at my pictures, which always reveal more than seeing a quilt "in person," somehow, made me realize I was not happy with the shadows on the boys' necks.  Too, a sharp-eyed friend noticed a problem with Locke's profile.  She was so right!  He has a distinct profile, a strong chin, high cheek bones, etc.  I made his forehead come forward too much and his cheek bones recede.  How could that have happened?  Was my tracing at fault?  No, it turned out that I erred in my cutting out, as the tracing was correct.  So I did a lot of picking out of threads, taking off of tulle, recutting tulle and refusing it, etc. etc.  For Locke I made a new partial pattern and re-cut the front of his face.

Here are the results, and hopefully now I'll be content:  

The quilt as a whole

Close-up of Locke.  I reshaped his profile in rather
subtle, but to me important, ways.
Added a darker shadow under his chin.
This is pinned at this point; not yet
appliqued down.

The shadows on Dawson at left and Malcolm at
right are also subtly different.  Still
not "perfect," but better!


  1. Alice, you are one hard worker. So good that you keep at it until it is right for you! I do not know how you will be able to part with these.

  2. Hard Worker in capital letters! Again I say CONGRATULATIONS on your finished project which will be such a treat for Susan and her family. ss

  3. It looks great to me. The shadows on Dawson's neck are much much better. I love this photo, as I have said before. You use a variety of color values, all different. It's a wonderful achievement. As Sherron says, "Congratulations!"

  4. Wow! You are a wizard! I was lucky enough to see the work-in-progress last week. It is amazing--I had to struggle to get the word--in the likenesses. I add my congratulations and repeat my Wow!

  5. Alice, thank you so much for visiting my blog! I've enjoyed looking at your blogs, and especially love this portrait quilt! I look forward to seeing more of your work here and on Material Mavens!

  6. This turned out GREAT Alice! I just love it, and can't wait to see the beautiful quilting done by Judy. Hope you will enter it in some shows! Susan will treasure it for sure - and now, you'll have to make one for Kathy!