Friday, March 4, 2011

My Dad, the Sailor on the Quilting Gallery

(The voting is over so I have edited this entry about the voting.) This is the fabric portrait of my Dad that I entered on the quiltinggallery.com in this week's contest. I took a Marilyn Belford class on Quilt University and it was a very good experience. I had looked at this class for several years and wanted to take it but just didn't know if I would be successful in taking a class like that over the computer. I got a lot of help from Marilyn and it was a great class. It was a challenging learning experience and I'm so glad that I did it. I bought a bundle of hand-dyed flesh colored fat quarters at the AQS show in Des Moines and used them for all of the face. My Dad will be 98 in June and he really likes the portrait. He lives independently and is sharp as a tack. He told me this picture was taken in Gulfport, Ms.  before he was shipped overseas in WWII. He was 28 years old and served the Navy as a Seabee (26th Construction Battalion) and ended up in Guadalcanal for over a year. My main reason for doing this was to honor my Dad for his military service. Now I really think I should do another portrait of him at this age, hmmmmm we'll see.
This is the actual picture that I worked from for my project. Really, handsome guy, I think, but I know that I am prejudice. I hope you will stop by the Quilting Gallery, there is a lot of good stuff on there. You can read blogs from all over the world, it's fun!  Until next time, have a 'Stitches' kind of day..I hope to do some sewing and check out the voting from time to time!!

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sandy,
Your dad's quilt looks amazing. I tried to vote, but it was not listed. Your blog is entertaining and I admire your work, you do such a nice job.
Sara

Stitches said...

Hi Anonymous..I'm sorry that you couldn't find the quilt to vote. It's there listed under the "Weekly Themed Quilt Contest" for People & Faces. I hope you will go back and look again. Thanks for your kind comment, I really appreciate it.

dpomama said...

Hey! I voted! Your dad's fabric portrait looks great!

Denise :) said...

Hey Sandy! Thanks for your note -- I voted again from work. :) Love the story behind the piece; very cool! I was tickled to read you'd taken a class on portrait quilting on Quilt University online; I've wanted to do a landscape course, but haven't worked up the nerve to try it. Your success encourages me! Have a great weekend, and good luck on the contest! :)

Jen said...

Your quilt is amazing. I will go vote.

Quilter's Delight said...

That handsome sailor has my vote. I am so amazed of your workmanship to recreate his portrait with fabrics. I agree it would be very special to do another portrait of him now.

GeeGee said...

I went to the Quilting Gallery and voted on the quilt which was truly amazing in my opinion and that was "My Dad, the Sailor". Then I followed the link here and have enjoyed your blog. I have book-marked you and will be visiting again.

tubakk said...

Hi. You're the winner, I'm sure. This is a fantastic quilt! Congratulations.

Clothed in Scarlet said...

Hi :0) my name is Sarah and I came over to your site from Michele's site at Quilting Gallery. This quilt of your dad is the type of 'faces' I was thinking of when I read the title of this week's contest. I think your entry is fantastic! loving it :0) good luck.

Bunny said...

WOW You did an amazing job I love it. I voted for you. Hope you win. Love that photo too very handsome.

Bev C said...

Hello Sandy,

It was a pleasure to put in a vote for your quilt. It really is amazing, it shone out from the others. I believe the story behind when the photo was taken adds to the history and reason for making it. I bet your Dad is so proud of your quilt. Give him a big hug for doing such a great job years ago.

Happy days.

Josie said...

Hi.... I voted for the handsome hunk in the sailor suit too. Bet your dad will be even more thrilled when his portrait wins!!
You did an amazing job bringing him to life in fabric... well done you!!

Winona said...

Wow! I love your quilt. No wonder your dad is proud of it. I voted this weekend for it, but came back today to view your blog. I have become a follower. By the way, I'm from northwest Missouri, so we are practically neighbors. (grin) Winona

Judi said...

WOW You did an outstanding job. Thank you for sharing it with me I don't get to see to many things that have been made from my fabric. You deserved a ribbon on this. Congratulations!

dpomama said...

I think you won!

Melanie said...

Hi Sandy!
I just love your quilt and your blog. . . makes me want to learn to quilt, maybe, someday. Say hi to the Foutch family out there. I think Ryan is going golfing with Bryan and Sam tomorrow.

Mel

Cindy said...

Congrats on your win! I wasn't a member then. Love your quilt! Awesome job! It was fun to enter the wearables one. The the Asian Jacket! It won my vote! After seeing that I just couldn't vote for my own! LOL :)

Elizabeth said...

I found your blog via Quilting Gallery. I just wanted to let you know how much I LOVE the quilt you made with your father's portrait on it. What an absolute treasure and wonderful way to honor his service.

Cookie said...

such stunning quiltwork. I would have voted for it too If I had seen it in time.

amazing.

I like your blog