The first time I saw this wall quilt, I thought it was impossible; never even wanted to attempt it. My painting skills are limited to just sketching…ha ha

However, Shruti convinced me that this was doable and was a worthy skill to have. I am glad I agreed. The workshop was over the long weekend, so Prajakta from Green leaf quilts and I decided to drive down and stay at our friends place, Kausalya. The workshop was at her studio, KaPa.What a gracious host!

Abstract portrait quilt

So one sunny Friday morning at 6am, we set out on a drive of 150 odd km to KaPa studio to join other quilters and learn how to make an Abstract Portrait quilt. To be frank, at this point, we were just going off on a short holiday, wasn’t sure what the final quilt would look like, if it ever got completed.

We reached there by about 9:30am and shortly after started the workshop. The studio is absolutely state of the art with Bernina sewing machines around and she had stocked the fridge with cold water and drinks, snacks etc. The studio has nice white walls, wide windows for natural light to seep in and absolutely every quilting notion one needs in a workshop.

Day1

We started with trying out the portrait technique on paper, mine looked disastrous …
Then in the afternoon, after a lovely sumptuous lunch, we started our work on our quilts. At the end of Day1, this is how it looked …

Day1_full

Day 2 started with face shading and coloured fabric, understanding the direction of light on our picture, eyes, placement of warm and cool colours…then wonderful lunch and back to the desk. In the fternoon, we basted and quilted the piece.A full two day workshop and a lot of hard work!
But every minute was worth it 🙂

Abstract portrait

While we were at it, she also taught us a new binding method. The teacher was awesome. That what I like about her–he will challenge your skill level and make you do wonderfully difficult quilts. As far as mine is concerned, I am still wondering if I was the one who made it.

entire group with completed quilts

Here is hers and me with mine next to it. Not bad for a first attempt. Although hers looks much better and cleaner.

me and mine

me and mine

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