This swallow quilt is a what I'm working on today. It's going to end up as 12" by 12" and will probably be an entry into the BLUE challenge that is being run by Aotearoa Quilters. You can read more about it here. It's open to non-members too, so go have a read.
This is a two layered quilt, with a cotton broadcloth base and a silk organza overlay. I've mono-printed both layers, with a freezer paper mask in place over the swallows. I've then painted the swallow on the top layer and worked them in coloured pencil on the base layer.
My coloured pencil work is a follow on from this experiment I did the other day. I worked the Tui (a native New Zealand bird, pictured here puffed up in full song) from a photograph taken by my talented cousin. You can see his work here on Flikr, he's dazzla65 - go check him out, he's amazing!
The top photo shows the 'before' version, before I painted over the coloured pencil with fabric medium. It worked so well that I can't wait to use the technique in more quilts.
This feather piece measures about 20" by 30" and it's work towards a challenge run by the Auckland Quilt Club. It has a spine now, which makes it look better and now I'm debating on how to do the quilting.
So can you see the theme? I'm guessing I like birds....