Mar 9, 2014

Mourning Dove

 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 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.


WoolenSails said...

A great piece for the photo you had, and I like the contrast ideas you have.


Libby Fife said...

This one is going to be so subtle and pretty. That dove is lovely too-sort of a chubby but elegant bird:)

Susan Turney said...

I love your sketch and although I think of myself as a "color person" I LOVE all the shades of grey. Another exciting piece!

Terri Stegmiller said...

Oh Oh Oh! I'm loving this piece already! I saw a collared dove the other morning. First one this season...I hope that means good weather from here on out.

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