Beach Buddies – featured on the Superior Threads Blog

I was so excited to see that Superior Threads has featured my art quilt “Beach Buddies” on their blog.

http://www.superiorthreads.com/blog/2014/8/superior-spotlight-guila-g/

Years ago I took a photo of my husband and oldest granddaughter walking on the beach. I always loved that photo and knew that someday I would do something special with it.  After learning more about making pictorial quilts, including a workshop with Wendy Butler Berns, I made this quilt.

I enjoyed the process of making it immensely – and loved quilting it with silk thread.  I used Superior’s Kimono #100, a very fine thread.

detail 1 I did the quilting with #100 Kimono Silk

Detail 1

 

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Detail 2

 

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detail 2 The little girl is my oldest granddaughte

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And this is the photo that I took when my granddaughter was only 2 years old.  She is now a senior in high school !

This is the photo of John and Marley that I based

Original Photo

 

 

My Sweet Little Gardener

I finally took a photo of this quilt – completed.  It’s one of my earliest art quilts – 2007 – and it is from a pattern by Wendy Butler Berns.  I started this quilt in Wendy’s workshop at the Glendale Quilt Show.  She was teaching a technique for turning your favorite photos into art quilts.  It was an excellent workshop.

This particular design reminds me, of course, of my granddaughters.  The little girl in the picture could be either one of them. 

I enjoyed making this – especially selecting the fabrics – and later doing the quilting.  It’s a somewhat tedious process but well worth the effort.  If you get a chance to take Wendy’s class I recommend it highly.

My Sweet Little Gardener

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