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Show 1905 - Animal Portraits

Featuring: Barbara Yates Beasley

Posts On: August 28, 2016


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. Our 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. 

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Link to the Artist:

Click here to go to Barbara Yates Beasley website.

From Chapter One:

Alex shares with the audience how you can bind a Zig Zag edge without using bias-cut fabric. Watch as Alex shares her Zig Zag binding technique with us from her book, All Things Quilting.

Click here for Alex’s book All Things Quilting.

From Chapter Two:

Barbara Yates Beasley talks about how she became a hand quilter, and what happened after she said that she would “never” quilt. Barbara’s inspiration comes from portraits that she has taken of her dogs, cats, bunnies and even cows.

From Chapter Three:

Barbara takes us through the process of how she starts her animal portrait quilts by tracing the photograph and using Photoshop to fine tune the portrait. Watch her technique to see how she prints her final copy and cuts the appliquè pieces to add dimension to her quilt.

From Chapter Four:

Barbara adds the finishing touches with details on her animal’s eyes using Gelly Roll and Sharpie pens.  Watch the eyes come to life!

Click here to purchase Barbara Yates Beasley “Animals with Attitude” 2017 Calendar.

#11 ecorr60 2019-10-28 21:06
learning picture quilting
#10 TussieMussieCreation 2016-10-18 09:20
What a wonderful show! Thank you Alex & Ricky for inviting Barbara. I've watched it 5-6 times and really learned a lot. I've been struggling with the eyes and some of the details, but Barbara's techniques have helped tremendously. Here's what I've learned
#9 cindythequilter 2016-10-07 22:23
Can you get the names of the pens/colors that Barbara uses for the eyes? She had an assortment there on the counter and I would like to know which colors and brands if possible.
#8 nella 2016-09-28 04:22
Ricky mentioned that he was going to look into how the quilts were presented in a later segment. Can you post this segment if it was filmed?
#7 colemanp 2016-09-07 15:28
Very impressed with Barbara's quilts. They are truly amazing! As in a previous comment from Nikki1962, I too would like to learn more about her process for color choices and background designs.
#6 Helen White 2016-09-04 05:31
WOW! My 11 year old grandson loves puzzles and not the easy ones, he could help me do this. Thanks for sharing info. :D :-)
#5 LesMorris 2016-09-01 22:34
Truly amazing, thanks for breaking it down through the process, great show !!
#4 hootandgander 2016-09-01 18:51
Hi there where can we get pattern for Alex's zigzag edge quilt please?
#3 ritabee 2016-08-29 13:12
What makes the eyes shine is that Barbara uses silk for the eyes to start with and then colors them in with her jelly roll pens and sharpies. I hope this answers your questions. Thank you.
#2 cstyles 2016-08-29 07:12
It wasn't mentioned in the video what made the eyes shine.... any ideas... thx....... just loved this show!
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