Saturday, April 18, 2015

Starry Night Mini Quilt (Thread Painting)

Yesterday I shared my process of how I made this quilt, today I am sharing the finished quilt!

Starry Night mini quilt, measures 8" x 9"

A few months ago I had a giveaway on Instagram (@quiltsnfeathers) where I offered to make something unique for the winner.  Bria (@thegoodsmeller) won, and told me to surprise her.  I looked through her IG photos and pinterest, both of which had pictures of the Starry Night painting as inspiration for other swaps she was in.

Starry Night painting I used for reference on color and shading.

Making this quilt was a roller coaster--some moments I would feel confident about how it was coming together and other moments I would question every part of it.  It was tricky to plan ahead each layer of thread, and keep the vision in my mind of how it would look.

Starry Night swirl detail.

In the end I was completely in love with it.  I love quilts that have so many tiny details.

Starry Night tree detail.

The binding is Kona Pepper.  The backing is a large scrap of fabric--it is black with little flecks of blue.  Next time I'll just use a solid color, because it will just get coated in thread anyway:

Starry Night quilt back (the blue specks are on the backing fabric--not from poor thread tension).

This is a very stiff quilt, and had some warping.  I tried making it a damp and then pressing with something heavy overnight, but that only helped a little.  In the end I pressed the entire quilt with a warm iron and it laid flat perfectly.

Starry Night horizon detail

This was one of the hardest quilts to let go of, but I'm glad it went to a good home!  Bria loves it!

Starry Night moon detail

I used mostly Aurifil 50wt threads and didn't have any tension issue with them.  They layer really well and have the prettiest sheen in the sunlight!  Here is a full list of the Aurifil colors I used: 2740, 4241, 2800, 6010, 5004, 2887, 2360, 5022, 2150, 1148, 1135, 2130, 2715, and 2692.

Starry Night town detail.

The only colors of Aurifil I didn't have for this quilt were the redish brown in the tree and a medium blue, so I used some C+C I had on hand (the only medium blue I had was actually a variegated, which was a problem in a few areas).  Believe me those colors are on my Aurifil list now!

Starry Night thread painted mini quilt.

If you see this and can only think of Dr Who, then go check out these quilts I made:
The Doctor's Starry Night pieced bed quilt and The Pandorica Opens quilt.

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29 comments:

  1. It is truly a piece of art. Wonderful, its something to be proud of!!

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  2. It looked amazing in your previous post but even more so in this one!! Jaw seriously dropped! I don't know if I would have been able to part with it!! What a wonderful piece of art Bria has received!! The thought and detail are spectacular! I agree with Michelle, be proud, very very proud!! :)

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  3. Bravo. Truly a huge accomplishment! I love it to pieces!

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  4. This is really amazing, Renee. The photo of the backing - just... wow! I think you really did an amazing job on this, and I am so happy it was well received given how hard it was for you to part with it.

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  5. I would imagine it was hard to part with! It is gorgeous! Excellent job, Renee!

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  6. Wow! Your quilt is stunning and really well taken from your inspiration, wonderful work!

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  7. Incredible wall hanging! INCREDIBLE. And the fact that you could quilt that densely without tension/thread breakage issues is a testament to how great Aurifil thread really is, as well as your quilting ability of course.

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  8. Very fabulous. You are an artist! Just lovely.

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    1. Ahh, I just read your previous post. I didn't realize you had printed a cartoon of the original painting. I still think your finished piece is fabulous. Knowing something of the process helps with my understanding.

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  9. Wow - you are very talented and so generous in the pieces you make for giveaways. Looking forward to seeing some more masterpieces.

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  10. Super super cool! The painting is perfect for this medium. Good choice after good choice leads to some super cool finishes right?? Try a Degas, my favorite! :)

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  11. Absolutely stunning! Very brave of you to try out a new technique~and then to give it away, WOW! It is a beautiful piece of art. And...it gives me the idea that maybe, someday, I might want to try this myself. Thanks for sharing Renee, I'm inspired!

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  12. oh my goodness! Simply Spectacular!!! I love that you put so much thought and effort into all that you do :) XX!

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  13. Absolutely beautiful. I can't even find words for how cool this is.

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  14. It really is quite stunning!!

    -Soma

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  15. Outstanding piece! I love Starry Night, but might never think of it the same way now I've seen your work.

    Julie

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  16. Oh wow! Van Gogh is my favorite and this is stunning! I'm so impressed with your dedication.

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  17. This is absolutely amazing!!! I love Van Gogh. I couldn't believe this was thread when I saw the first picture, but thanks for putting in all of those detail pics and the back, too! I wish I could see it close up in real life. Gorgeous work, congratulations!

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  18. I love it! It's an amazing work of art!

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  19. You. Are. AMAZING. Holy cow!! I would love to see you actually in the process of creating this. It's breathtaking! What a lucky giveaway recipient!

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  20. Wow! What an awesome gift! Such amazing detail in such a bitty quilt! So so great! I could seriously look at this all day! Thanks for linking up to TGIFF with me this week!

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  21. Wow, I am amazed! What a beautiful piece of art!

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  22. Wow Renee! This is awesome, you did such a wonderful job on it. It seems like the kind of quilt you could just sit and stare at for hours. Must have been hard to let this one go, good thing it's gone to a good home!

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  23. oh wow, that is a lot of thread! but definitely worth it! well done!

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  24. I've had fun reading through some of your posts. And this quilt is simply amazing. Even my twelve year old son was speechless. (That doesn't happen very often.)

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  25. My. God. This is amazing. You gave it away??
    (Please do not find an urge to cut an ear off!)

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  26. Fascinatingly beautiful! My favorite painting has been wonderfully recreated!

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