Thursday, August 20, 2009

Pictorial Quilts

They are called either pictorial quilts or sometimes landscape quilts. The book that inspired me to try one is Pictorial Quilts by Carolyn Vosburg Hall. While this is an older book that I got from the library, it certainly has inspired me to try my hand at this type of art. It most definitely has inspired me to get my hands on other books of this type.

Enough chatter, here is my first attempt at a pictorial quilt.

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While it is not a traditional quilt (using pieced together pieces vs appliqués), it is pictorial. This is my house in fabric and thread. I spent about thirty minutes in the piece goods shop picking out the fabric and then the next day I took the picture and traced the picture to paper that I cut the fabric pieces from. I used WonderUnder as my adhesive, but it does make the fabric pieces very stiff. It took me two more days to appliqué and stitch the pieces.

I "framed" it in long strips of some of the same fabric that I used to make the house and the backing is a plaid fabric that went really well. I am thinking of trying another method next time, but anyway I had fun making it and I know another one is in the near future. This was supposed to be a practice piece, but I got into it and went on and did a bit more detail than I had planned.

So that's my first pictorial quilt. I've got my thinking cap on already to come up with the next one. Any ideas? Let me hear!


suze said...

Very nice Susan! Not sure about wonder under but heat and bond makes a light version...not so stiff. The one I love the best is steam a seam lite. You can get it with sticky on both sides and iron it on. But it sticks where you put it until you are ready to sew.

Fran said...

WOW! Really pretty. Love your creations.
I'm doing a 200th Post giveaway on my blog. Go take a look and if you like what you see post a comment to enter.
Going to go take a look at some of your other creations.

Elise said...

Hello, I'm leaving you a comment because you have the most lovely blog. Fantastic writing and I love your pics as well. Best wishes !

Marie S said...

Wow very cool and it looks just like your house. I thought that before I read it. Well done.
I appreciate your follow. Thank you and good luck!
Love and hugs.

Tina said...

Oh, I like it!!!

Sea Gypsy said...

I love pictorial quilts! The material used for the house was perfect!!!!!!

Suzie said...

Its beautiful

Crafty Gal Linda said...'s adorable. I don't know how I missed out on this post. I was busy last week and not blogging a lot so that might explain it. You're doing a great job quilting.

Aunt Spicy said...

LOVE IT!!!! I have been wanting to do this for a long time but keep saying I need to finish other projects first! Yours is lovely! said...

So very nice. It's perfect.