|Children's Community Quilt © Karen Thiessen, 2013|
Ta da! Here is the culmination of two-and-a-half years of joyful labour. I finished this sucker in early December 2013 with the help of few weeks of all-out effort. Although my neck and shoulders didn't care for the long hours, it was well worth it. I had about 20 pictures to work with and had the difficult task of choosing only six. I scanned all the pics and performed some Photoshop magic to remove names and scale them to all the same size, then printed off the batch and taped them to my hall walls. Once up on the walls, I looked, arranged, rearranged for a few weeks until I decided on the above configuration.
|Children's Community Quilt: flowers © Karen Thiessen, 2013|
|Children's Community Quilt: rainbow 1 © Karen Thiessen, 2013|
|Children's Community Quilt: rainbow 2 © Karen Thiessen, 2013|
|Children's Community Quilt: orange sun © Karen Thiessen, 2013|
|Children's Community Quilt: hair © Karen Thiessen, 2013|
This was the last panel that I embroidered and I must say that the hair was the most fun to stitch. Then all that was left was to remove it from the frame, trim it, cut and piece the bias quilt binding, machine stitch it on one side, hand stitch the other side, create a label and sew it on, make two hanging sleeves and sew them on, and cut two hanging sticks (one is a weight stick), drill one, photograph it.
Children's Community Quilt 2011-2013
Materials: cotton fabrics, quilt batting, and embroidery floss; polyester sewing thread, hanging sticks
Techniques: Drawings by Ava, Kate, Rachel and Sarah digitally printed onto special fabric; machine-pieced; hand-quilted and embroidered by Karen Thiessen (2012-2013)
Dimensions: 96 cm wide by 115 cm long