3/27/12

Past Quilt #6: A Happy Bride

I got married on May 21st, 2004. I still remember almost every minute of that day, like it was yesterday. I don't think I'd ever felt so happy inside. I was also so confident I was doing the right thing marrying the man I chose, I didn't feel nervous at all. OK, maybe a little nervous. I did have on about 25 pounds of wedding gown to get down the aisle with 2 layers of Spanx and 3 inch heels. But nervous about the man I was walking to? Not a bit.

Several months after the "big day" I wanted to make a small art quilt to remind me of that wonderful day, and since the photographer took hundreds of photos, I had a lot to choose from. I decided to use this one:




Cropped out the excess to get it here:


Using Tammie Bowser's Quilted Photography book and software, I was able to create a highly pixilated image of the picture. Then using over 15 different values of fabric, I made this mosaic art quilt:


A close-up:



I purposely used variegated thread in a meandering stipple and didn't worry about lighter threads being on the darker fabric. This gives the portrait more natural shading that the naked eye picks up when you're standing at a natural distance from the quilt..something else I learned in another art quilt class with Noriko Endo.

10 comments:

  1. I love your self portrait quilt Tanesha and you did look like a happy, calm, and centered bride. Also - Noriko Endo is on my bucket list of quilt teachers of which I absolutely want to take a class!

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  2. super cool! and you are a beautiful bride!

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  3. WOW! Absolutely beautiful - the bride and the quilt!

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  4. Oh Tanesha , truly beautiful. You and the portrait quilt.

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  5. Beautiful - you and the quilt. Mary Ann

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  6. Tanesha,
    That is really beautiful, both your picture on the wedding day and how you captured the essence of the excitement in your quilt. Thanks for sharing this. Kelly Ramsey

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  7. You looked very beautiful on your wedding day. Wow that quilt is truly amzaing. Great job.

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  8. You looked very beautiful on your wedding day. Wow that quilt is truly amzaing. Great job.

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  9. All I can say is Wow! Beautiful bride and portrait of yourself.

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