Saturday, November 27, 2010

Whimsical bird in progress

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted about the LIQ project but never fear, progress is being made ever so slowwwwly. Above is the rough sketch of the bird drawn in Photoshop for size and placement in the larger scene... the plan is to refine her when the bird is actually constructed. Sometimes I make a very precise sketch but in this case it seemed reasonable to wing it (pun intended.)
My original theory was that the bird would be some shade of blue with a red belly, but a dotted violet, orange paisley, and black on black fabrics ended up working out best. You have to keep an open mind! I first tried matching orange and violet points on the wings and tail, but didn’t quite look right.
The striped fabric seen above right had the violet and orange in it plus some other colors that added interest. For the legs (below), I wrapped gold ribbon around black rickrack. The feet are made of interfacing painted with gold metallic acrylic paint. This photo shows more of a bronze color, but the gold ended up working better.
After gluing on the points, I machine embroidered the wings and tail. They are attached at their bases, but left free on the tips to give more dimension. I had sewn the body to the quilted background with a machine zigzag stitch, then remembered there was supposed to be a “swish” behind the bird...oops!
So I ripped out part of the stitching, put the light blue swish under the body, then restitched it. Some simple free-motion-quilting was done on the body, a beak and bead eyeball was added, plus some beads along her belly.
She’s carrying a piece of fabric back to her nest, in case anyone is wondering.


Barbara Strobel Lardon said...

I am playing catch up and I must say you have been busy. I love everything you have been doing and this little bird is adorable.

Loreen Leedy said...

Thanks, Barbara, glad to hear from you!

Libby Fife said...

She looks great! I went back to read about your LIQ project. Very sweet:)

Dolores said...

These are the same colours as in your right-hand side frame with the link to "Art Quilts" - purple and orange. I love this little bird. (and the other work in the link)

Loreen Leedy said...

You're right Dolores, it's funny how that happens. Thanks for the encouraging comments, everyone!

Diane J. Evans said...

You have the greatest sense of whimsy when it comes to your designs, Loreen -- they always make me smile. I especially enjoy reading about the process -- you give me ideas that I'd love to try.

BTW, what does LIQ stand for??


Loreen Leedy said...

Thanks, Diane!

LIQ is code for a secret project that I don't want to “announce” yet... but if my pace completing it gets any slower, time will start going backwards(!)

Susan Miller said...

That really is fabulous, WOW!! I so love the idea and the art approach, just wonderful.