The walls of the RV were screaming for artwork, but I knew I could not hang traditional pictures. While in Savannah I took an art quilt class. What a fun craft! So.... you know me.... I set out to teach myself how to change a photo to a wall hanging!
I've been busy. I selected a picture of a Hyacinth Macaw we took at a zoo, thinking it would be fairly simple. Creating the line drawing and actual pattern was challenging. After several attempts, I came up with a design I thought would work.
Finding the right fabric proved to be the hardest part of the process! The town we are in has a quilt shop, but they did not have the 'right' fabric. A trip to Winter Haven with my sister to "her" quilt shop, and spending hours with Katy, the best salesclerk ever, netted the right fabric choice! If I had not been trying to match the Hyacinth Macaw color, fabric would have been a lot easier.
I returned home and put the quilt together. The first day I completed the head, the next two days were spent on the body (I changed the design) and the third day was used to mount the bird and bind the quilt. Of course I forgot the hanging sleeve, so I added that on the last day :)
I've created a few more designs over the past 2 months. I love the actual design process. It challenges my mind using my computer skills, and problem solving techniques. Being in the RV, designing and creating Art Quilts keeps me busy without having to drag out the sewing machine to make quilts. I am able to be creative with fabric without making a huge mess, and the fabric stash is much smaller.
Besides... I have lots of quilts... on the bed, on the sofa, in the car for the dog, in the dog kennel, on the dash... and some in storage.
The walls are still empty... and I can easily store the wall hangings, so I can switch them out when the need to redecorate hits.
I will also create a pattern from your photos or ideas...