Thursday, 22 March 2018

Pink-footed geese and other birds

A tiny bit of background for the latest project.  I have dear friends who have relocated to the far distant reaches of Scotland, more specifically a place called Findhorn Bay, which is both remote and beautiful.  It's also particularly important for the migrant wildfowl and waders it attracts and my task is to try and make a piece that references that. Since I haven't been there yet, I am relying on photos, but luckily there are plenty of those available

In my last post I mentioned that I had a little scribble I'd done when I started thinking about this new project.  You can see I was just doodling on the pack of a cardboard envelope.  Not very enlightening, I know, and of course where I end up may bear no relation to this at all, but it's a starting point.
I have started by printing bird names onto some of the fabrics I pulled, and then cut some wedge shaped bits to piece with.  I like this shape because it reminds me of feathers, of the spread of a wing, but also of the sun's rays.

Linking up with Linda and Julie for Sew Stitch Snap SHARE.

14 comments:

  1. Oh, I love the detail behind this quilt. You are starting strong, and now I'm going to go follow the links you share to learn more. And I need to especially see this pink footed goose. :)

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  2. Good doodling, being able to doodle unlocks so many possibilities.
    Bird wings and sun rays, great start.
    And the water will be a big part of their lives won't it?

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  3. Wonderful start! I love starting with a good doodle.:)

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  4. Goodness what a great start, I can see feathers & shards of sun rays too! Thanks for sharing with 'sew stitch snap SHARE'

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  5. Oh my!!! This will be spectacular. -- looking forward to warchingbthis develop.

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  6. wow !!! beautiful and so lovely work :) i really like your good idea so much.Thank for sharing.

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  7. Great starting sketch. One of the things that impresses me the most about California is that it's such a major bird flyway, too. My sister lives near a crane flyway in the Rockies but coastal flyways are superhighways. So many varieties; all the time. I hope you get to visit Findhorn Bay soon.
    Stamping bird names is coming along well and is a signature addition of yours.

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  8. What a fantastic idea you've come up with! Definitely bird wings there and loved the names of the birds stamped on, this is going to be an exciting quilt!

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  9. What a great idea of stamping on names of the birds. Get the quilt done and it will be a great excuse to take a road trip to visit!

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  10. Thanks for sharing this awesome start to a quilt. Birds are very important and bring such joy to our lives. Love your "wings".

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  11. This looks like it's going to be lots of fun!

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  12. We wanted to stop by Findhorn Bay during our holiday there, but unfortunately ran out of time. You have a great start there! Looks fascinating!

    -Soma

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  13. I doodle on whatever I can find when I get the urge. But I don't doodle anything so complex or wonderful. If something complex pops into my head then I go to pattern books and don't doodle.

    Great idea. Great fabrics. Can't wait to see how you get there.

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  14. It looks like a fun project. Incorporating the bird names is such a great idea!

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