I am thankful for so much. Number one on my mind today is the community of quilters who graciously share their work, techniques and so much more. I spotted this squirrel on Canadian Needle Nana’s blog a month or so back. She graciously gave me permission to use it. Thank you, Jocelyn.
Do you think the squirrel is grateful for the tray of seeds it can count on? Undoubtedly. Of course, if you follow my blog you know I can’t resist taking a photo and transforming it into a new image all together.
Of course, the squirrel is the star. So, I begin by thread painting it. You probably notice that the tail seems to end abruptly. Not to worry. This isn’t my first thread painting. The fur at the tip of the tail is sparse, letting the background peek through. So, when I secure the squirrel to quilt top, I will add the finishing touches to the tail, too. Times like this I am thankful for my experience.
Keeping it Simple
I am a fan of simple design. I also lean into the elements of design. So, when deciding where to “place” the squirrel, I opted for a tree branch. The green hand-dyed fabric is one I dyed myself years ago. I love how it suggests dappled light breaking through foliage. Note the diagonal line of the tree branch. Diagonal lines help the eye travel over an image.
What do you think? Does the squirrel look as though it belongs on the branch? This is as far as I got in a week. Currently I am debating about whether to add some foliage in a few spots to soften the edges. There is time.
I finished my Rainbow Scrap Challenge quilt! Now the question is what to make in 2024. I am scouring Pinterest for ideas and saving them in my Rainbow Quilt board. If each of the blocks in the grid were 2″ this beauty would measure 48″ x 72″. If I opt for something similar, and I am tempted, something with fewer blocks is needed. Just one more reason why I am grateful for EQ8. I can try out different ideas quickly before I commit to them.
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