Friday, April 17, 2015

Making of a Masterpiece

Ever since I made a pieced bed quilt version of the Starry Night I have wanted to revisit it in another form.  I've also been planning to do some thread painting quilts, and those ideas came together recently to make a mini version of the Starry Night. This post is just to show you some of my process and just how much thread and layering I did.  Tomorrow I'll have the finished quilt to show you!

Beginning of thread painting the Starry Night.

A couple of months ago I saw a program by Jennifer Day on her thread painting at the New Mexico Quilter's Association meeting, and she shared just enough of her process to give me an idea of how to do my own.

Filling in the blue on the Starry Night.

I started with printing a low quality version of the Starry Night painting onto some white fabric (using freezer paper as a backing--google "how to print on fabric" to find lots of tutorials).  I should have pre-soaked the fabric in Bubble Jet Set, but forgot, and decided to do it after it was printed.  Some of the color rinsed away, but all I really wanted was a good idea of where to add thread, so the faded version was fine.

Nearly finished with the sky and hills on the Starry Night.

I then basted the quilt with a piece of heavyweight scrap I had (the plum colored fabric you see bordering the white in the photos) and a layer of batting.  I started with the outline of the major elements in the painting, and then went back in using different colors of thread to fill in.

Done with the swirls and stars on the Starry Night.

I tried to think through layers of color and light, and then layered them accordingly.  It really did feel like painting sometimes the way I tried to blend colors and add texture and flow.  I had a picture of the original up on my computer the entire time I was working on it and studied each area in detail.

Working on the tree and town on the Starry Night.

The quilt took about a week to make, and was the only project I worked on.  Tomorrow I'll have the finished quilt and a list of all the thread colors I used!

Update: See the finished quilt here!

17 comments:

  1. Wow. Just. Wow. I hope you will keep on with this is make more. Love it!

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  2. What Amanda said!! This is awesome!! I can't even pick a favorite part! :) You definitely have an eye (and great quilting talent) for this!

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  3. Gorgeous. Thank you for sharing how you did this. It is so interesting!

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  4. <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 So much love for this!! I want you to teach me how to do this!

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  5. So incredibly awesome, Renee. Do you have any idea the number of hours you spent on it? A full week seems like it would have added up to be a lot...

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  6. Well just lost my entire comment (did it on my iPad) so I'll start over... I love this quilt, love Vincent van Gogh, love your creativity here! I studied your photos, and whoa--!! the colours you've layered in are incredible, especially in the moon and the greenery in the village, and the browns in the tree in the foreground. Unreal. It's just fantastic. :-)

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  7. WOW this is amazing. Thanks for the progress photos-interesting to see how it built up.

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  8. Oh! and Oooh! this is beautiful, and I also visited the bed quilt for your sister-in-law, which is so creative. Love both!

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  9. Absolutely amazing! I've always admired thread painting, and this is truly a masterpiece!

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  10. Good for you! I love seeing people try new things. boy, the grass never grows under your feet :) XX!

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  11. This is so cool! I love the thread painting! You did such a fantastic job.

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  12. Stellar.
    I did my first bit of thread painting recently, a very small piece, and I was amazed how long it took to complete. I have a whole new appreciation!

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  13. This is awesome and I have enjoyed seeing how you achieved this work. Thanks for all of the photographs.
    Pauline
    perry94022 at hotmail dot com

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  14. Some of the Instagram photos I saw make a whole lot more sense now. Looks great!

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  15. This is amazing! Thank you for sharing!

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