Monday, March 15, 2021

Owl Art Quilt - part One

My sister sent me photos of an owl near her property in Alaska and some of it's feathers a few years back.  I sketched it up and had plans to make it when I was doing a lot of nest art quilts.  Well, other quilts and plans got scooted in front of it and, before I knew it, it had fallen off my list of quilts to make.  Guess I got tired of seeing it week after week, month after month, and year after year on the list.  Best to start with a fresh list and not beat myself up about unfinished projects, even if they had never been started.  My thinking is that is what a sketch book is for - ideas that you might use some day.  Here were my sketches back then:

Since all of my outside activities with friends and family got cancelled due to the continued surge in COVID-19 cases and deaths, I had time to get this project kicked back to the top of the list.  I didn't like any of my original sketches, so I hunted on Pinterest and the internet for more ideas.  It's pretty neat to be able to print them out and paste them into your sketch book.  (Do you know how to do a print screen on your computer?  Just hit Alt+PrtSc, which puts the image into your clipboard.  Then, in a word document, hit paste, and there it is.  From there, just treat it as one picture, which you can crop and move around.)

In the end, I liked the owl looking out from a nest in the tree.  And I liked another picture of an owl.  So, I imported them both into Photoshop and merged the two images.  Here it is printed out:

I decided to make it about 18" tall and paint some fabric again!  It was so much fun on the hiking art quilt!  

Stay tuned for more on this art quilt!

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