Patriot Quilt

Patriot Quilt by Angela Bowman

“Patriot” quilt, 59″ x 59″, made in October 2018.

My husband has many different sides. This is his patriotic side. I see a strong United States Navy veteran who navigated the ocean aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz. I am thankful for his service.

I started with his recruit portrait.

I scanned it, cropped it, applied digital effects, put it in a grid, and translated for sewing by drawing straight lines. I made foundation paper piecing templates and gave myself the constraint of using only solid fabrics. I used Kona Cotton exclusively.

Here’s a video of my translation process, using the Procreate iPad app:

 

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Doing some #foundationpaperpiecing sewing translation in #procreate #patriotquilt

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When I foundation-paper-piece, it’s usually a creative frenzy that I cannot stop, and this was no exception.

I love the warm colors in this piece. I mean, look at that cheek. I almost smooched it.

Lots of big paper rows to join. Unwieldy, but worth it.

Nice backside, babe.

Now to choose quilting. I went for wavy lines. He served on an aircraft carrier, after all. Again, here’s a video via the Procreate app – it’s so helpful to audition quilting design.

 

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Back to this hunk. Trying to figure out the quilting stitches. #patriotquilt

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I applied a facing (instead of binding) for the first time. I couldn’t bear to put a border on his face.

Here’s the back in Kona Cotton Pepper. The quilting thread is Aurifil Dove in 40wt cotton.

One of my favorite parts of this piece: that jawline shadow.

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Gail - October 25, 2018

This is awesome! What an amazing amount of work- The faced binding is perfect for this!

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    Angela - October 25, 2018

    Thanks so much Gail!

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Hilary - October 25, 2018

This is absolutely amazing Angela!

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    Angela - October 25, 2018

    Thanks Hilary 🙂

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Fred - October 26, 2018

This is so amazingly beautiful! Thanks for sharing your process too

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    Angela - October 26, 2018

    You bet. And thanks!

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Heather Black - October 27, 2018

What an amazing quilt! You are so talented and blessed. Thank you for sharing your process.

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    Angela - October 28, 2018

    Thanks Heather. Sure means a lot coming from you.

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Kristin Link - November 13, 2018

Wow, my mind is blown! Great work!

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    Angela - November 13, 2018

    Thanks Kristin!

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Kathi C Anderson - November 30, 2019

Hi Angela, you have inspired me to try designing a paper pieced quilt of my own (from a picture of my horse) and I love it! It is ready to quilt now and I’m really liking the big waves of quilting lines that you did on this one. Would you tell me how you transferred the lines onto the quilt or if you just eyeballed it? Thank you for all the sharing you’ve done of your process, it must take a lot of time but it made it possible for me to go from knowing nothing about designing pp quilts to finishing something I’m very proud of.

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    Angela - November 30, 2019

    Hi Kathi, thanks for the comment! I eyeballed the quilting lines, marking with a hera marker.

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      Kathi C Anderson - November 30, 2019

      Oh right, a hera marker! Thanks so much.

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