I took this photo a few weeks ago out of my studio window. It was early in the morning and this dove was huddled in the sunshine. I love the bark on the maple tree and the dove....so I knew it would be my next piece.
I chose this fabric which I recently purchased at our local quilt shop, The Sewing Basket.
Then I added the border randomly fusing those pieces down. Today I quilted it with organic lines from one side to the other about a 1/4 inch apart.
I had sketched out the dove yesterday on tissue paper....He is big so taped several sheets together. Then I placed him on the quilt background to envision it. He will be made up in mauve colors so the contrast with the grey will be very nice.
Here is a closeup of how I sketch marking areas of shadows and feathers. Before working on him I will do the branches he is perched on. I want to place them so they are going over and under the border giving depth. It is why the border needed to go on first.
So tomorrow I will begin working on that. I love making trees and bark so it will be enjoyable to work on.