Thanks to Ethne, who lives in Scotland, I got lured into a Charley Harper quilt-along. I have no idea how I stumbled upon this one day (or evening) by surfing the net, but I was immediately captivated. A little Charley Harper wall calendar hung on the wall in my sewing room all last year, and I have purchased several cards with his bird images on them, so I was already a big fan of his artistry.
It didn’t take much to convince me to join the quilt along, since all the elements were spread before me like a feast on a picnic blanket: birds and other critters portrayed with whimsical abandon by this prolific artist. His colour palette and his imagery begs to be interpreted by quilters!
The flickr group photo pool was a great inspiration, too. What a great community of creative textile artists we are!
I love an excuse to explore my fabric stash for just the right fabrics. The image I chose is Charley Harper’s Gray-crowned Rosy Finch.
I selected a background fabric that was a similar tone and shade of grey that appears in the image. Then I cut out and fused the elements of the bird onto the background fabric.
Here’s the finished piece!
I think I may add some seed beads to this, to represent seeds on the ground, because this finch looks as though s/he is looking for something to eat!