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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Quilted Lady Melinda

I finally managed to find a day to devote out in the barn quilting Lady Melinda.   It took much of the day but went quickly because my longarm was being cooperative.  Here she is on the longarm before I started quilting:
I used a clamshell freehand design for the background in the sky:
I've been excited about the boat and am pleased with how it turned out after quilting in the "boards."
I deliberately left the edges of the cloak raw.

Lady Melinda is pregnant but I am not happy with the quilting lines.  I'll yank out a few in the belly and in the torso to try to make it look more realistic.
I plan to go back and use colored pencils to add shading to the quilting lines.

I am not particularly happy with the face but I hope I will be able to color in a face, neck, hair and arm that looks okay.  I'll be appliqueing the pennant in after I finish coloring.
Here are some photos of the back. 
 Some other photos:
I've been worried that I would put all this work into Lady Melinda and then ruin it all when I did the face.  That could still happen but, so far, I'm still happy with it.  The face looks a little wonky at this point but it always does at this stage. 

Wish me luck.  Still a long way to go.  I'll be glad to get it done so I can go back to doing a baby quilt for my grandson. 

Happy Quilting, Penny, Evelyn and Pearl


Florida Farm Girl said...

You're doing a fabulous job on the Lady!!! Here I am worried about learning how to quilt something simple on a machine, and you are winging it from start to finish!! But, having the longarm helps, I suspect. Just keep going, she's gonna turn out fantastic!!

Sherry said...

What a gorgeous work of art!

Jackie Fellows said...

what a wonderful job you are doing on the "Quilted Lady Melinda"...can't wait to see you finished.

Anonymous said...

Lady Melinda is beautiful! I've enjoyed this journey with you and can hardly wait to see her finished.


RockinBobbin said...

Thanks for updating us on Melinda. I enjoy watching her come to life.

Anonymous said...

That is a beautiful.Love your quilting. Do you have a spot to hang her picked out?

Amanda karol said...

You are so very talented! I am always amazed by you! LadyMelinda is larger than I was expecting. Seeing on the machine puts it in perspective.