New Projects I'm working on

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New Projects I'm working on

Lena's quilt is almost done! Then I will be able to finish Brenan's quilt. I hope to enter this in our church art show this Oct. 31. You can see my earlier work on just the blocks on older posts.
This is my other entry for the art show. It is a 3 dimensional rendering of Andrew Rieth's water color painting. He painted the piece on an 8x11 piece of paper and I blew it up with a copier to 18 x 24". I'm using reverse applique and layering techniques of the Kuna indians to sew the designs. I'm using trapunto techniques and boutis to stuff each part of the picture though not all the pieces have been stuffed yet in this picture. In fact, this is only about a 1/3 of the whole piece.
This is a mock up (just folded cloth and cut outs of horses trees and fence posts) of a wall hanging that I'm going to do, on commission, for the Spendlove's new home. The mountains and hills certainly won't be so pointy and I'm buying special batiks with some artwork already printed on them for the mountains, sky, and pasture.

I always said that when the kids grew up, I was going to do custom wall hangings for people, as a home business. I discovered, a few years ago, that I was pretty good at designing cloth pictures when I was doing row quilts where each woman traded quilts for a year and worked on each other's quilts. Shannon Mucha said..why wait? I asked my dear hubby about it the next day and he said wondered how I would find a 'client'. I told him not to worry. I was sure the Lord would bring someone along who needed something new and original. How ironic it is that we were having this discussion on the way to help paint trim on our friends' new home. Gee...I wonder who needs a new piece of wall art? Hmm...Can you believe that it really didn't occur to me until I was on the floor painting trim to ask Kim if she needed anything? new home business is born! Of course this is very much just a starting place.

I've done lots of custom projects over the years: baby quilts where they just told me, "we like these colors, and want this theme etc."banners for various ministries, and themed quilts to give as gifts to friends and family. I not only get good ideas for designing these, but also, have learned so many techniques for quilting, applique, embroidery, and beading, that I can do just about anything I can imagine. So the Spendloves agreed to commission my first one. Hurrah!

Kim wanted three main colors--the ones they painted most of their main living areas with: Deep purple, tan, and a darkish spring green. They had no art work to go with the new colors they painted with--she just loves those colors. The theme will be the Colorado Rockies.

We will add a pieced border (herringbone pattern) and possibly a scripture border on the bottom. I don't think she wants any rows of quilt blocks added, just the picture and border. I'm pretty good at lettering too which is fun. I have tons of experience with banners and even do soft sculpture. I may try to work that into her wall hanging as well as embellishments for the pasture. It may end up being about 4 x6' since they have a very large living room wall opposite the fire place, because they have a vaulted ceiling. It will be fun to see where we end up!

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Trudy Callan said...

Congratulations, Donna, on your new home business and your first commissioned job. Your work is beautiful.

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