Thursday, October 20, 2011

Flora and Fauna

Flora and Fauna was inspired from a photograph taken in my backyard. I always knew there were Baltimore Orioles in Austin but I had never actually seen any till one morning when I was outside having my coffee. I looked up and these gorgeous birds were ducking in and out of the trumpet vine. They were quite amusing and their color, so exquisite! I knew I had to create this piece. I had originally intended to paint this bird but when I got upstairs to the studio, my hands just reached for the orange fabric and out came the Misty Fuse. Once the bird was assembled, I began making the 3 dimensional leaves. I love to mix techniques and consequently, some leaves have been layered and fused with various fibers and Misty Fuse. Others have been thread painted with a heavy thread in the bobbin. Still, others have been fiber etched and fused. Once the vines were in place, I began experimenting with how to create the trumpet vine flowers. They were so much fun. 
Love the delicate blossoms. The background was upcycled from a project of which I had leftover machine quilted pieces.  Years ago, I had made a piece called Contemplation and just before sending it to a show, I decided to whack off the borders and binding and "fix it." I know, kind of crazy! I suppose it was a good thing because the quilt went on to win an Honorable Mention. But meanwhile, I had kept the already quilted and bound borders. I couldn't bring myself to throw them away. And yet, I found that they were perfect for this project. I took two edges and zigzagged them together such that the binding was on the  outside edges. Then, I added the top and bottom binding to complete the piece.  I love the thought of being able to upcycle things especially when it is incorporated into nature pieces.  I included the original photo from which my inspiration came. Quite different! Interesting how changing the background really changes the feel of the entire piece....

4 comments:

Crooked Gulley Art Quilts - Mary Couch said...

Absolutely fabulous!! All of it is perfect. I have been wanting to dabble in birds... are you giving me a little shove to get started?? I say yes... But I have to wait until the holidays are over. Too much to sew and mail before December 25th. But watch out... Come January I'm having fun and you're blog is first on my list.
Hugs from Mary

Barb Forrister said...

Thank you, Mary! I completely understand how the holidays are. I hope you get to have some fun and I look forward to seeing your creations!
Hugs,
Barb

Marge Lowery said...

beautiful...i would love to learn your techniques...

Barb Forrister said...

Thank you, Marge! I have an article, "3 Dimensional Wildflowers" in In Stitches Emagazine Volume V. You can order a copy at http://www.interweavestore.com​/Quilting/Magazines/eMags.html . I also offer workshops for groups. Would love to meet you in person! Thanks for your kind words.