Sunday, November 7, 2010

Applique....Progress & Ideas

I love this lizard.  This is the most amazing batik that I bought for the sole purpose of making this critter.  Pay no attention to the pencil lines on the background.  I  use the back-basting needle turn technique, and one day when I was in a hurry, I drew the design on the wrong side of the fabric.  He will someday show up on the same quilt as the frog.  My original plans of having 2 squares and a rectangle as a quilt center, were thrown off by the scale of this guy.    Even though he's proportionately twice as long as the frog, he's skinnier so the scale all seems a little off to me.  I need to find more Mayan style reptiles to finish this off.

Remember how I admitted to my latest Dover Clipart purchase?    I bought it to find critters to go with the frog and lizard.  But of course....I found new things to distract me.

For cute is this bird?
I mean...I'm not ornithologist...and yet I'm feeling some love for this bird.
(This is how the Santo Domingo Bird Quilt came about too...)

So my newest blog friend Ethne and I have been plotting a quilt challenge.  We're still working out the details, but it will involve applique and possibly some indigenous or traditional designs that have a "Modern" feel.    I'm digging this Mexican bird.

Or a whole cloth applique like this? amazing is this?

Or something simple like this?

Let me know if you are interested in an applique challenge where the basic goal is some type of traditional or indigenous pattern that has a very modern feel.  Start goal is Dec/Jan.  Estimated size = yard/meter square.


Ethne said...

Marjorie, I like #2 and #4 best but do also have an interest in #3 - Oops I've too many ideas teasing me at present

quilthexle said...

Your idea sounds tempting ... sooo tempting! Glad I have your blog in my reader - so I might have the chance to jump in. Would I be allowed to do machine applique?

Julie Fukuda said...

First of all, thank you for leaving a comment on my blog a while back. I am still working on the knotty problem. I do make knots by wrapping the thread but I think I need to back-stitch at the start of the sewing.
I really like your use of native designs. I have quilted north-western patterns into a quilt I made for a foster daughter, a native of the Northwest. Also I have made button blankets and used Japanese Ainu designs. It is difficult not to be inspired.