"Don't Fence Me In" - Barbara
24 1/2" X 20 1/2"
Pieced, raw-edged fused applique,
machine quilted, paint stick shadows
and button, ribbon & yarn embellishments.
When I first looked at the challenge photo, I like some of you, was immediately struck by the starkness of the scene. I read all the comments by other members of "IT!" and how they were struggling with this scene due to lack of color and that is when my idea blossomed.
I choose two colorful fabrics and pieced and quilted them for the background.
I went online and found birds that were native to Indonesia and drew them out.
I added the fence straight across and then decided....no the blue bird of paradise is the bird that needs to open the gate by pulling out that stick freeing all the color into the scene.
I broke the piece into three sections because I felt the photo had done that with the two white edges and the center fence.
This is when I quilted the fused pieces, added the embellishments to make my birds into quilters and used the paint sticks for the shadows of the fences.
Last was the binding.
The only disappointment that I had....I should have brought the colorless sections (seen on the side pieces as black and white leaves & fence and the beige ground) further into the center of the quilt. I do not think it is effective and may even go unnoticed. It is a fun piece and I enjoyed working on it.