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October 11, 2009

A do-over...

...or a mulligan, as they say.


This is the swan quilt. It was posted awhile ago, and I think used as my blog header in the spring. I like it, but when finished, knew I would do it over. So, that is what I'm doing. And here you see it below, taped to the wall. I don't have a design wall, painter's tape seems to work well for short periods of time.


The water is painted fabric from when the first quilt was made. This time I'm not using a muslin foundation. With metallic threads and quilting lines about 1/8" apart the foundation made the piece thick and fussy for finishing. Candle light yarn was used through the bobbin and I would like to do that again.


The second piece- I would like it to have more color. I'm toying with the idea of four swans. The dock is going to show more. You can see below, on the first- I made some thread work trees with snips of green fabric for leaves. There is not a lot of contrast between the trees and the background. I'd like to work that out a bit better this time.










I like the swans swimming in the reeds. But this time I'm going to make them out of fabric and add just a few threads. Again, it needs more color in the foreground with maybe some flower branches and cat tails. On the first, the swans were made using different techniques each. This time I think I'll use a method similar to the swan below, using interfacing. But I will add some extra batting behind to make it more dimensional for quilting. That is my plan... for now, anyway.

And lastly, there has to be a fisherman. I sketched out a figure and shrunk it on the photo copier. He is still a little too big, so back to the shrinking machine for him. And he'll add a little pop of color somehow. Maybe a red jacket.





Just decided, this will be called Mulligan Lake.

....So that is what I have going....



-Until next time...

5 comments:

SewCalGal said...

Delightful. I hope you enter this in the next International Quilt Show.

Thanks for sharing.

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

Barbara said...

It's always fun to see an artists process and thinking. Thanks for sharing.

Kay said...

This is interesting to see how you work through this. I've never re-done something, I just remain unsatisfied. It's a good exercise, I think. I admire you.

Deb Geyer said...

I love the idea of working in a series like this. I'll be watching for your progress. Thanks for sharing!

Quilt Rat said...

Mulligan Lake....is an awesome title!
I like the way your thread painted trees look. I'd be afraid if the contrast was higher they may not stay in the distance. I love the idea of the fisherman.