"NOW for your next one!! Bigger!" she said.
"Instead of stippling, just [go] with a horizontal line...", she said.
So I sandwiched a piece of white fabric about 22" W x 18" L and using white thread, free-motion quilted horizontal lines, then trimmed the edges:
That was Wednesday. I admit I was a bit uncertain at first, but after a while on my design wall, it's grown on me.
"Keep the feeder very simple as you have...it doesn't have to be slap bang in the middle...in fact, probably better slightly off-centre," she said.
Before stitching, I decided to rehearse with charcoal on a large sketch pad, in a frame the size of the trimmed background (20" W x 17" L):
So far, so good. In fact, the drawing was easier to do than I expected, given the size (large for me).
I took a regular mechanical pencil, lightly sketched the placement of birds and feeder on the white quilted background and then went to the sewing machine, again with black thread top and bottom:
Alas...I got the feeder a bit too far left. With only 3 birds, there was a gaping white space on the right and lower left of the piece.
Solution? Add two more birds (middle right and lower left) -- first in pencil; then in stitch.
BUT...d'you see it? Take a closer look:
The lower left bird's not too bad, but that one on the middle right is decidedly UG-LEEEE!
Can this piece be saved? Or will it be filed away as "just a sample"?
I could get rid of the offending bird altogether:
But...that a) puts the feeder closer to the centre (again) and b) leaves four birds -- an even number which, I believe, is not favoured artistically by Those Who Know...
I could leave a hint of that offending bird that is, well, less offensive:
This one's rather fun, I think. It's as if Offending Bird is coming late to the party. "Save some for me!"
Let me know what you'd do, eh?
As it is, I'm leaving the next quilted background for tomorrow...and linking this to Nina Marie's Off the Wall Friday. I'm grabbing a cuppa while I read the other posts and take up my hand quilting. Join me?