Anyway, my sister's birthday is tomorrow! Yes, my little sister who helps with photoshoots and coding and all kinds of sewing related stuff. She's not so little anymore, though - she's going to be 18. Wow. A few months ago, she requested a mini quilt of this painting from the movie:
Pretty close, no? The movie is about Rapunzel (yes, that Rapunzel) with a twist: she wants to leave her tower to see the lanterns that appear every night on her birthday. I won't spoil the story for you, but I'll insist that it's original and funny!
I pieced the background with improv curves, which was really fun. Almost everything else was raw edge appliqued. I used different colors of threads to outline the lanterns and make them shine!
I also wrote in the part of the song in which Rapunzel paints this picture:
"Tomorrow night, the lights will appear
Just like they do on my birthday each year
What is it like up there where they float
Now that I'm older, Mother might just let me go."
You can see the whole scene/song here. :) It's the opening of the movie and it's super catchy! The part where she finishes the painting starts at 1:41.
Actually making Rapunzel was the hardest part. I think her foot ended up bigger than her arm, but oh well. :D Her hair was fun, though. I took a long yellow fabric scrap and just free-handed with scissors. Same with the trees - which I'm very pleased with.
As you know, I'm more likely to identify with modern or modern traditional quilting than anything else. I'm assuming this would be considered an "art quilt" but it's a quilt, right, and that's what matters anyway, right? I offered to paint the scene instead - not that I'm an amazing painter but I thought she would like it more. She adamantly told me... "no" because I'm a quilter! Haha. The whole quilt measures out to 20" x 27".
She loves it! Next year's request is Frozen. I'd better start scheming.
One more from far away (it looks so real like this, and yes, there's part of my messy craft area):