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Show 2008 - Photo Realism in Fabric

Featuring: Melissa Sobotka

Posts On: April 9, 2017


Melissa Sobotka is a relative newcomer on the quilt scene, but this multiple award-winning quilter has taken the quilt world by storm with her photo realistic style. Using a photograph as inspiration, Melissa, like a master painter, transforms a blank fabric base using hundreds of tiny pieces of batiks. Depth is created with inks and other medium until the resulting quilt emerges in all of its glory. Melissa gives tips for selecting fabrics to achieve realism and details how tools from the art world can add life to your fabric image.
Alex shares the ins and outs of pinning and why the pins you select can make a real difference in your piecing results. 

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Melissa Sobotka

From Chapter One:

Alex shares tips on why the type of pins you use and how you pin can make a real difference in your piecing results. She also discusses using a single-hole throat plate for stitching.

From Chapter Two:

Alex and Ricky sit down with Melissa and discuss her quilting journey and look at her quilts.

From Chapter Three:

Working from a photograph, Melissa uses a lightbox to draw a pattern that will later be used for hundreds of pieces of fabric. She discusses the best fabric choices for her raw edge appliqué technique.

From Chapter Four:

Melissa has discovered tricks along the way to achieve realism through the use of tools from the art world, including her "retired" scrapbooking supplies. She also shows Alex how blending and shading adds life to the fabric image.

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#13 kclily 2017-04-22 16:58
I have the long fine glass head pins. Now I am looking for the shorter pins to try. The show inspired me to finally throw out all those "nails" that I collected over years ago.
#12 sarah21 2017-04-21 05:51
Wow, thank you TQS for a brilliant show! It certainly was jammed pack full of excellent knowledge which I can use throughout my quilting practise. Also very surprised to hear that Melissa has only been quilt making for seven years! Nevertherless I very much enjoyed seeing and hearing of some of her tricks when you can't find the right bit of fabric when you want to add some depth of colour, shadow or texture when you are wanting to add it to your project/quilt!
#11 GeneBlack 2017-04-20 20:35
Thanks for the great info on pins. I have been using "nails" for a while. I ordered and received the extra-fine glass head pins and I love them. It is so much easier to get the pins through the fabric.
#10 kkiel 2017-04-13 11:16
OMG.....I am so inspired! thank you
#9 mlwall 2017-04-12 07:51
GREAT!! episode. I am speechless,beau tiful
#8 Kareness 2017-04-10 16:05
wow, Melissa! what a talent. Beautiful work. thanks.
#7 Pemela 2017-04-10 15:26
What an absolutely, wonderful, inspirational show. I felt privileged to be able to watch Melissa and learn from her. Thank you all at TQS for bringing such superb shows. Unbeatable. x
#6 DianaML 2017-04-10 11:48
What a fantastic show!!! Informational, entertaining and inspiring! What more could you ask for? Loved it!
#5 Stinki 2017-04-10 00:23
This episode went so fast!
Alex, I have been using your method of pinning for awhile now and it has really helped improve my accuracy in piecing.
So excited about Melissa's part of the show. I have been doing similar experimentation with the exact same products for shading and coloring my recent quilt (not knowing that this is what she was doing). It reinforces that I need to continue on.
Great show! :lol:
#4 CQuiltsnow 2017-04-09 18:32
Getting sound on trailer but not on show video. Please advise.
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