So, let's get back to our faces in fabric series. Today I'll start a two part post about the largest quilt in the series. This one is for my Undercover Quilters book challenge this year. The book is Marten Martin by Brian Doyle. It's a fantastic read and you are in for a treat if you've never read Doyle before. He was a local Oregon author who died last year, well before his time. His books celebrate language and nature in the most delightful way. In this book I've chosen to depict one of the main characters, a girl named Maria. The scene about her birthday party in a meadow on the flank of Mt Hood was a real favorite for me.
This quilt has to be a certain size, so rather than leave it up to chance and my crazy improv instincts, I decided to draw a mock up to make sure I can fit in all the parts. I then traced the face onto tracing paper with a Sharpie. This allows me to use it as a guide, but not as a pattern. Remember, I got help for this from Melissa Averino's book, Making Faces in Fabric.
The next step is to choose a face fabric and start building the face. I keep the tracing out as my guide as you'll see below.
Next time I'll talk about how to do the hair!