|The full scale sketch|
The background fabric produced by Northcott Fabrics that is called "Stonehenge" was perfect for the background. I bought it in 4 colors, and decided on the darker yellow-beige for the background for this quilt. Then I painted some details with Derwent Inktense pencils and fabric medium. Here is the background after it was painted. Since most of the bottom will be covered up with the nest and the birds, I didn't bother painting in that area. So far, so good.
|The painted background fabric|
Next, I moved onto the birds. Here are a couple of photos showing them in progress and fused to the background. I did the coloring before I trimmed the edges.
The pile of fibers that I thought might work includes raffia, yarn, felted wool, goat hair, bias binding and thread. All of these fibers are re-purposed. We have this great exchange at our quilt guild, called the "Free Table", where many of these items were donated. Portland, Oregon is home to "Scrap", which is a great low cost exchange place for artists. And last by not least, one of my friends graciously donated packages of goat hair. I'm always on the lookout for fiber that I can use for these nest art quilts. Got any you care to part with?
The nest was added after the quilting and edge treatment were complete. Invisible thread and a hopping motion made it stay tactile.
|"Hungry" by Joanne Adams Roth|
I hope you like it!