Friday, 9 August 2013

Karol at the Window - Finished!


Here is the photo of little Karol in Poland gazing through the window at the snow.  The picture was taken by my brother in law, Richard, and he loves the picture (and Karol) so much that this is his screen saver on his computer.  When Richard said he would like a miniature quilt based on this photo I wasn't at all sure how I would do it.  I thought of appliqué for the shape of Karol, but really could not work out what colour to use.  In the end I decided that the answer lay with free motion quilting, not appliqué...



... and here he is!

Thank you to everyone who has posted comments about this project - you have all been wonderful and helped me along!

I think Richard will be pleased when he gets this little wall hanging - it is only 13 and a half by 15 and a half inches.  I'm not sure that Karol is going to be too impressed.  He is a big boy of 5 now and will want to know why I have shown him as a little baldy with a wrinkly neck.  I fully expect his granny Bogusia will want one, so I will see whether I can make a better version.

Anyway, I'm happy with the end result, and I hope you all like it too.  It was nice doing a project just using the two Singer 15K machines - the 1949 hand machine for all the straightforward straight stitch, and the 1945 treadle for the free motion work.  Truly marvellous machines. 

This post is linked with  the BedTime Quilting blog for the TGIFF link up- lots more Friday finishes to see there.
Also to Sarah's blog Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Whoop Whoop Friday.
And to Leah Day's blog for Free Motion Friday
And to Vals Quilting Studio for Tuesday Archives.

18 comments:

  1. Lovely! What a wonderful memory captured in thread!

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  2. That is amazing, I have discovered that free motion is not for me, my back can't take it but I do like using my old machines for making clothes and toys. I can't wait to get my husqvarna Freja back together and working I am told they are a dream to sew with.

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  3. It's absolutely beautiful! It came together really well.

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  4. Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous! I believe that you will have to make more, because many people will want one!
    Esther
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  5. Oh my Gosh!!! That is fantastic!!! I love the look of your whole project, and it was inpsired by a photo!!! ImpressiVE!

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  6. This is stunning! I can't tell you how much I love this. Beautiful!

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  7. Congratulations! It's beautiful and has been a lovely journey.

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  8. That is amazing! Congratulations on the finish!

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  9. How wonderful! Your work is very impressive. I love that you did this on some old standby singers they are my favorite . You should be very proud!

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  10. Wow, amazing! Just beautiful :)

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  11. This quilt is AMAZING!! I did a small portrait in a quilt a little while back, it's such a great technique, I think I'll have to revisit it after being re-inspired by you :)

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  12. It's very beautiful! I've loved seeing the progress on it and was excited to see the final. Congratulations!

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  13. What a brilliant idea to interpret the photo as a whole cloth quilt. Gorgeous, especially your artist's revamping of the scene that Karol is viewing.

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  14. Your Karol quilt is amazing. You captured his little boy-ishness and created a beautiful scene outside.

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  15. Lovely! And so serene! Your work is stunning.

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  16. How beautiful this is!!!
    I am speechles!

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