Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Tony's present

It's Tony's birthday next week and he already had all of his presents, but I hate not having anything to give on the day. So I decided to make him a present, mind you.....I've never made him anything before.......so I might get the dreaded "yeah-nice-look".
And I'm not a quilter.....so real quilters look away now.....I'm not hindered by any knowledge about the art of quilting, so I've probably broken every rule in the quilters handbook.
Anyway I decided to make a fabric action photo of his new found love, cycling. He goes on these incredibly long cycle trips and always takes pictures along the way. But he's always complaining that he doesn't have any action shots of him on the bike. So I could do two things.......1. I could go on these long bike rides with him and take pictures.....or 2. I could retreat to my hobbyroom and make one myself...
Can you blame me for choosing the second option?

Anyway I decided upon a tour de France style picture, where he's climbing the mountains.

All the decorative stitches on my machine came to good use, little leaves in the greenery and about a gazillion french knots on the mountain. The snow on the mountain isn't quilted through but only stitched on the top layer so it puffs up a little.
I replaced the sunset with an English flag. This is for a man who's got "Made in England" tattooed on his shoulder!
The face I printed on fabric, but as my printer isn't really suitable for printing fabric this gave me only a faint outline. So I coloured the face in with pencils (like I've done with Frida below).
Then I bordered the whole thing and stuffed the border, so it would look like a picture frame and I decorated the frame with some old lace which I coloured with a gold Shiva-paintstick,
So now I can only keep my fingers crossed and hope he likes it!


Anonymous said...

You have done a super job, very artistic! He will love it!!

Shashi Nayagam said...

Well it is made with love who cares about rules, I think your DH must be over the moon with it.

Jackie said...

Great job Agnes. I've done some quilting with squares only, I wouldn't know how to begin a project like this. I'm sure Tony will love it.

Glittering threads on the wind said...

Hey, nothing wrong with that quilting. Great job and I think he will be proud of you for doing it.

Connie Ortiz said...

A.I., you did it again! Tony will cherish this gift forever. However, if he does not believe with all his heart and hope to die if he tells a lie, that the portrait quilt is not the cat's meow, then he will have to face us next May. Won't be a purdy sight.


Betty said...

Agnes: When creating, there are no rules!!! Can't wait to see Tony's reaction to his wonderful quilt.
Hugs, Baja Betty

Sherry Goshon ODACA said...

wooohooo a wonderful job and I say what rules...it's truly awesome...love ya

Yvonne Nathanson said...

What a nice small quilt featuring your DH!!!! Your design and work is great! Quite a handsome young man he is!!! Thank you for sharing.

Connie Ortiz said...

Agnes, did he like it? You do know it has been well over a month since you updated your blog.

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