Huey the Pest or A Pet Portrait in Fabric

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Huey the Pest.

I love my Huey, but really he can be a pest sometimes.  Like this time where he climbed into my stash of fused and cut scraps I’m getting ready for Houston for my Color Class.

The other day he posed for me in my favorite chair that my daughter painted  a while ago.  I had the camera ready and got this pic of him.



One of my private clients who comes to my studio remarked that he looks like Dennis the Menace.  I agreed.  And I thought this would make a great art quilt!  So I got to work.

What follows is a brief history of the quilt so far, so you can see how these get made.  A lot of my pictorial and even abstracts are made this way.


I traced the main design lines onto a transparency, then projected it into a wall with freezer paper taped to it, (shiny side down).  Next, I traced the projected lines onto the paper side for a full scale pattern.


Here it is taped to the background fabric ready to trace those lines again.  I use a transfer paper that is wax free called Saral or Transdoodle (can be found on


The paper is placed between with the chalky side down and traced with a ball point pen.  Here you can see the legs of the chair.  This is so awesome if you hate perspective drawing, because it gets it right for you!



Next we begin choosing fabrics for the chair and putting Misty Fuse on the back.



I already traced the leg with my Transdoodle and the light box, so I know exactly where to cut for the leg.




Since I already know where the pieces go, I just pin them to the background where they belong.  Once they are all up there, I can fuse them down.



Now I want to add some shading and details with fabric paint.  I use ProFab Textile Paint from Pro Chemical.


I also added glued on some sparkly yarn for the large curls on the chair.  It’s not done by a long shot, but it’s coming.  Huey the Pest wanted to join in on the painting, and went marching across his image a few times, smearing paint, and being a nuisance.  Do you think I captured that Dennis the Menace look?  Have you ever done your pet’s portrait?  How did you make it?




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4 thoughts on “Huey the Pest or A Pet Portrait in Fabric

  1. Dennis does not intend to share his chair. I’m sure he was just trying to help with his portrait.

    Great job! Thanks for sharing your process with us. I look forward to seeing how you thread paint and quilt this.

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