Wow, those lorikeet colors are intense. And while they look fantastic on the bird, they were way out of my comfort zone. That's good though. That's one of the things this challenge group is all about. So, I set out to wrap my head around bright green, orange and a purply blue. Although I knew I didn't have to stick with a bird theme, I did anyway. The only other thing the colors said to me was "tropical flowers," and that's been done to death.
"Lorikeet in Flight (detail)"
What did speak to me was the riot of color in motion when a flock of lorikeets take flight. Since I've been trying to keep my colorplay quilts simple and inspired by traditional quilts, I thought about feathers in quilting. I thought about big stitches in bright colors. I made a whole cloth quilt (not hard at 12" x 12") with machine stitched, rather traditional, feathers on a green and black cross woven silk. Ideally, the silk would have been brighter, but I couldn't find one with the right combination of greens. When Brenda posted her photo of a bird in flight and I saw that the underside of it's feathers were black, then I knew that a black and green fabric could be the perfect foil for the bright hand stitching to come.
"Little Bird Dreams of Flight (detail)"
I liked the feather quilting, but the piece just didn't feel like "me." It was too quilt show and not enough art. So, back to the drawing board I went. This time I focused on birds, not feathers. How could I have missed all that inspiration? Flying Geese! Turkey Tracks! Goose and Goslings! Crows Foot! Nest and Fledgeling! Dove in a Window! Circling Swallow! So what did all these bird blocks have in common? Triangles. A few sketches later I decided to make a simple pieced "bird" with lots of background on which to make big bright stitches conveying motion. That felt more graphic than my previous quilt which looked like a free motion quilting class exercise.
"Little Bird Dreams of Flight"
As long as I had all my fun threads out for my pieced bird, I finished up the traditional feathers too. Guess what?! The one that feels more me, and more like abstract art -- the one with the traditional quilted feathers!
"Lorikeet in Flight"
I stretched this one around a 12" x 12" canvas frame and I love the final product! I can totally see it with a Saarinen pedestal table and shag rug. ;-)
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