This New Quilt

Well hello there 2016!

Sometimes it’s unbelievable how time flies. Occasionally, I’m reminded of things that happened in the past and I’m frequently baffled how long ago that event happened. I guess that’s what happens when you get older. Time flies faster.

At the beginning of the year, I try to come up with new goals. Not really resolutions, but just ideas of things I want to accomplish. My biggest goal this year is to create enough artwork for the exhibit I’m in this coming November. I have some pieces, but I need quite a bit more.

The entire concept of creating enough to fill a gallery is a bit intimidating. Its also very inspiring. I have a ton of ideas buzzing in my head. Some things are similar to what I’ve done in the past, but I’m also thinking about some innovative ideas like 3-dimensional construction. This could get interesting.

The last 2 months I was working on a large piece and decided that it would be better left for when I own my new mid-arm machine. The new machine can handle the bulk of a larger quilt better than the machine I currently have. I’ve placed this large quilt on temporary hold and am working on ideas for smaller quilts.

The last few days I’ve been creating outline drawings for my next piece. I’ll use the drawings as templates to render my little feathered friends in fabric. I could just hand draw the images, but I like to create them in Adobe Illustrator. It takes a bit of effort to get them into the program, but I find the end results easier to use. I can take a couple of base images and alter them easily in Illustrator. If the originals don’t work, a little tweak here or there and I have an entirely new character. This is helpful when I’m making a piece with multiple components of the same thing.  Working for over a decade as a web/graphic designer has offered me the tools and confidence to work this way. Without the aid of the computer, I would be drawing and re-drawing my images to get the look that I want. That’s just not something I’m excited about doing.

I have ideas for several bird quilts I want to make this year, but this will be my first attempt creating them.  We’ll see how this one turns out. The end result might alter my ambition for the year, fingers crossed it works out as well as I envision.

By the way, I’m curious, when you look at my line drawings, can you tell what specific bird species I’m featuring in this new quilt?

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