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Best Friend Portraits with Debbie Butler Miller

Best Friend Portraits with Debbie Butler Miller

Aug. 28 & 29

Capture your best friend forever in fabric! It’s the only quilt where a stray dog or cat hair is a good thing. In session 1 you’ll learn Debbie’s technique of applique to piece your portrait. In session 2, thread painting will bring it to life with dimension, color and shading. Photos of your furry friend must be submitted by Aug 14th, allowing time for Debbie to create your custom pattern (included in the class fee). Machine capable of free-motion is required for second class only.


Photos: Please send photo by: Aug. 14

The photo is so important! Look for a photo that shows nice expression and shows the eyes.

If snail mailed, photos need to be an 8 x 10, no blur, clear & sharp.

* Snail Mail: Debbie Butler Miller, po box 43, 1689 Little York Crossing, Little York, NY 13087

* Emailed, photos must also be a clear, sharp photo with a minimum of 300 dpi., and 8 x 10

E-mail: : type “Ladyfingers” in subject line.

Best Friend Supply List

Sewing machine capable of free-motion (for second class only).

Top stitching 90/14 or 80/12 needles

Mini Iron

Light box

Sharp scissors for applique cutting

Heat n Bond lite

Water Soluble Thread

Thread (for second class), this project takes several spools of thread, I prefer Poly threads. Poly threads provide a “shine to the coat” and less lint builds up in the bobbin case. But I have also been known to use whatever is needed for the project Mini Foldaway (travel cutting and pressing board) optional*

Mini Foldaway (travel cutting and pressing board) optional*


We will be going over fabric selection in class so don’t obsess too badly over fabric choice, and I will help you select fabric in the shop. But this project can take several fabrics so look through your stash. Look at your photo carefully and select “several” fabric in different shades and tones based on your friends colors. Tone on tone and several different shades of the same color, but nothing too busy or with too much contrast unless it can be fussy cut.

For the top of your quilt you will need approx. ½ yard. Lay your picture on the fabric to audition; I prefer to select fabric that compliments the picture.

Batting: I prefer Thermor lite batting. Thermor helps prevent the fabric from shifting; it’s much easier for the needle to go through and creates less lint.


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Included Materials



This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.

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