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How to Make an Animal Portrait Quilt with Barbara Yates Beasley

(Show 1905) Featured artist Barbara Beasley, was introduced to quilting with a stack of quilt tops she inherited from her mother. Her quilting career might have ended with finishing the quilts, but a friend sent her to an animal portrait class and she was hooked. A lifelong lover of animals, Barbara says, "it is all about capturing the expression of the animal and finding its soul, that makes a photograph or a quilt look realistic." She demonstrates how to create a pattern from a photograph with clear plastic film and a Sharpie. Using a muslin base and silk fabrics for the eyes, she adds shadows and sparkle with other threads and fuses fabric pieces into place, to create her animal portraits. 

Learn how to give a "retro feel" to your quilt as Alex demonstrates how you can bind a quilt with a Zigzag edge without using bias-cut fabric.

Fabric Selection, Machine Appliqué, Assembly, Binding, Drawing, Silk, Photo Inspired Quilts
Series 1900

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