My Brothers: Clothing

I’m happy with the way the quilt featuring my two brothers is developing.  Here’s my brother Ricky almost complete.

Clothing in-progress. Ellen Lindner,

After making the face of my other brother, Todd, it was time to work on his jacket.  First, auditioning fabric.

Clothing in-progress. Ellen Lindner,

Here it is, in-progress.

Clothing in-progress. Ellen Lindner,

All these little pieces were eventually glued to the muslin base and to each other.

Selecting fabrics for Todd’s pants was more challenging. They were sort of Army green; not a color I tend to stock.  My first attempt:

Clothing in-progress. Ellen Lindner,

No.  I decided the color was too bright.  This was my solution.  Much better, I think.

Clothing in-progress. Ellen Lindner,

Now that I’ve completed the two men I’m just getting started on the background.  I’ll make it much looser, which I’m looking forward to.

So far, I’ve just worked on the sky. Some of it looks a little strong to me, but I’ve learned not to cast judgement until I can see everything together.

Clothing in-progress. Ellen Lindner,

As you can see in the photo above, I’ve drawn the background fields and barns onto the muslin base.  I’ll reference these as I continue.

Ellen Lindner

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11 Responses to My Brothers: Clothing

  1. Ingrid Bischoff October 6, 2017 at 6:10 am #

    You inspire me! My first love is people, faces…and I’ve left that behind as I started quilting. Time to visit this with fabric.
    Love your color/fabric choices

    • Ellen Lindner October 6, 2017 at 10:42 am #

      Oh yes, Ingrid, you’d really enjoy creating people and faces in fabric. Give it a try!

  2. cindy michaud October 6, 2017 at 7:43 am #

    Fantastic! What a priceless heirloom you are creating.

  3. Roni Hunt October 6, 2017 at 8:29 am #

    Absolutely amazing!!!

    • Ellen Lindner October 11, 2017 at 8:27 pm #

      Thanks, Roni!

  4. marthaginn October 6, 2017 at 9:20 am #

    Looking so good. Thanks for sharing the step-by-step.

  5. Barbara Ford October 6, 2017 at 10:10 am #

    I love how realistic you’ve made the clothing look by just adding darker fabric. Excellent combination s!

    • Ellen Lindner October 8, 2017 at 4:49 pm #

      Thanks, Barbara. A little value contrast goes a long way.

  6. Susan M Sawatzky October 6, 2017 at 10:31 am #

    what a lovely tribute to both of your brothers and to your family

    • Ellen Lindner October 8, 2017 at 4:48 pm #

      Thanks, Susan. As I work I’m thinking about a title. Maybe “A Thursday Afternoon in November.” I don’t want anything too hard hitting. I’d rather focus on this fun family event.

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