I've been quilting a couple of years and am starting to get the hang of it.  I had always wanted to quilt, but until I had a room I could dedicate to quilting, it just didn't make sense.  And then there is my tendency to improvise dangerously...I was worried about accuracy.  But armed with my rotary cutter and a quarter inch foot I am not firmly on my way.  In the past two years I have made ten or twelve quilts, have acquired three machines for myself and one for my granddaughter and have completed two BOMs and am working on two more.  I have six or eight quilts ready to be pieced and more ready to be quilted.  So I think I'm a quilter!

The quilt I'm most interested in right now is based on the following image.  I want to make an artquilt for my sister.  We lost two sisters in the past couple of years at Capistrano (the location of this fountain courtyard) is important to our family.  In fact, we held one of the funerals there.  So I think I will piece the bricks for the fountain, though I might want to work on a solid batik for the two walls.  The bells will be pieces to give them dimension.  There will be some trapunto on the fountain itself.  I need to applique two doves taking off from the fountain.  That's my biggest challenge.  I suppose I will iron my white and whitish batiks onto fusible then try to cut the doves.  I'm envisioning this piece at about 18x24 but once I figure my scale out, I will decide how big the piece will be based on manageable dove size.  I'm excited to start this...I would love to hear any recommendations anyone has.  This will be my first real art quilt.  I don't think my piece will have the same ethereal coloring, this is just the structure I'm working with.  Wish me luck!

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Comment by Brenda Stride on July 20, 2013 at 12:57pm

Would you consider doing a sunset through the windows? That would add some colour and then your doves would not be lost. I am an artist - not at all! The sentiment is lovely and heartbreaking. And this setting seems so peaceful.

Comment by patbruck on July 9, 2013 at 4:24pm

I don't know if you're aware,but if you have a Staples near you they can blow up a picture to about 4 foot.I would love tackling your picture as I too love to do art quilts.You don't really need to dye your own fabric,there's so many gorgeous ones out there.

Comment by Melody Wilson on July 9, 2013 at 4:07pm

Thanks for the suggestions.  I do plan to blow up the picture, and perhaps do so on graph paper.  But dying fabric is probably over my head so far.  It seems so challenging.

Comment by patbruck on July 9, 2013 at 2:52pm

JUst a suggestion,if I was going to do this I would take the picture and have it blown up to size,that way you would have your pattern of each individual piece.Lot of depth and perception to this picture.Good Luck!

Comment by sue brigle on July 9, 2013 at 1:33pm

Wow!   this looks like quite an undertaking, but it will be beautiful when it's done.   To get that ethereal coloring, you might try dyeing your own fabrics, or putting tulle over the finished top, I've heard that works.  Good luck and best wishes w/your project.   Hope to see some pictures.

Comment by Melody Wilson on July 9, 2013 at 11:09am

not at Capistrano, "and"

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