Remember the watercolor squares I picked up at the Boulder Quilt guild free table?? A while back I arranged them, sewed them together, then let them rest.
Look at the borders. I thought not to border it but changed my mind and found in the small amount of fabric available, this multi colored batik, perfect for three sides. I carefully cut strips from pattern and color I liked. The burst of gold along the bottom of the tree brings your eye to the tree.
I tried and discarded many batiks, even cutting strips from some, before settling on these and I just love them!!! This quilt is on the portable design wall made of a packing box and batting, at the top of the stairs. I saw it each time I went up and that helped to make choices.
Aren't the squares lovely together? At first I thought there were too many plain ones but this arrangement leads my eye around the piece, and is very organic, and spring like.
I did make sure to measure carefully through the center for border length as watercolor quilts can stretch and wave if you're not careful. I also fussy cut the strips to get the color placement just so.
Then my mind turned to the birds... I knew I wanted to paint them, then decided to use oil pastels...
|I liked the gelatos the best for color and blending|
2. tested by heat setting, and washing to test for colorfastness... all passed the test
3. placement of the birds...
With three birds...
I don't know....
As it turns out, I jumped in after all this experimentation and painted two on the background.
That required taking a breath, and leaping!
It's always a bit scary to add an element that cannot be removed but I trusted my supplies, and knew the stencils were just the start. I removed the stencils and continued to color and blend each bird til I had removed the stencil lines and somewhat covered the prints in the fabrics
I can just imagine it with lovely threadwork in the quilting... baby blue rayon? Gold rayon?
It is so happy isn't it? Can't you see all the threadwork giving the bark definition?
I may add in the last bird, but I may leave these two. I will not add in the word, as the design is enough.
I used to date an art dealer, and he said once, "It takes two people to make art, one to do the work and one to tell her to stop now"
I am telling myself to stop now
|24" X 32"|
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