It’s All About the Face

Table of Contents


   1 Why Do It in Fabric?

   2 Let’s Look at Anatomy

   3 Take Your Best Shot

   4 Quilt Pattern Design

   5 Values in Fabric

   6 Collaged Portraits

   7 Contour Quilting

   8 Emphasis on Texture

   9 Heart and Soul

 10 Care for Your Hands

 11 Final Touches & More List of Works

How do you quilt a face?

How do you bring your favorite people to life with fabric?

In It’s All About the Face: Quilted Fabric Portraits, we show you how to create amazing, true-to-life portraits! Our book was born when we realized there was little available instruction about how to quilt faces. Having taught the subject for years, we decided to collaborate.

Capturing the essence of a subject is the goal. We have applied the rules of fine art to quilting faces. The book offers in-depth direction — even if you cannot draw, have never taken an art class, or even a sewing class.

Using large, full color, detailed images as examples, we lead the reader step by step through our process:

  • Composing a portrait so it tells a story and WOWS the viewer
  • Using digital technology to reveal the values in every face
  • Selecting fabrics
  • Creating a totally recognizable fabric collage
  • Quilting your masterpiece by following anatomical contours

We offer tips about lighting, taking reference photos, and photographing your finished quilts. We make recommendations about needles, thread, surface design, and even how to please the judges! Finally, Phyllis, who is also a doctor, touches on ways to keep your hands healthy.

We provide a forum on Facebook called “It’s All About the Face,” where artists share and discuss the intricacies of creating fabric portraits. We also teach classes and offer workshops and lectures, based on the concepts in this book.

You are sure to enjoy the fascinating journey of fabric portraiture.

This book is available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle® editions. Check out the five-star review from Readers!


“Fabric portrait artists and teachers Phyllis Cullen and Cindy Richard provide the solutions in ‘It’s All About the Face,’ a step-by-step, no-fail guide to success….”

“‘It’s All About the Face’ shows in detail the direction, amount, and style of quilting lines required for successful results, including detailed segments on lips and eyes, both critical components in the creation of a truly recognizable face.”

SAQA’s “Art Quilt Quarterly,” Issue No. 24

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