You can read about the inspiration and materials here. Today's post is about the wings design and transferring it onto the quilt top!
I really drug my heels on starting this project because I couldn't figure out how I was going to draw big wings on the fabric at the scale I wanted while keeping them somewhat symmetrical and level. About a month ago I was complaining about this mental block to Afton at Quilting Mod and she suggested using a projector. And she had one I was able to borrow! Perfect! I started working on my wing drawings and got a transparency printed at the local FedEx Office store.
|Wings Alight: wings drawings--left is on tracing paper, center is printed from a digital file, right is the transparency.|
I decided to base my wings on a Sandhill crane coming in for a landing. The wings have a different shape than when they are taking off or flying, and the way the feathers are spread out is ideal for filling with quilting designs! This is also how I chose the name of the quilt:
The image of wings descending from the air and settling is lovely and calming to me. The wings will float on the quilt in a way that when you stand in front of them it looks like there are wings behind you:
|Wings Alight Quilt: Me with the projected wings.|
The process of drawing the wings onto the quilt took about 40 minutes, but the setup took quite a bit longer. You can watch me trace the right wing in this time lapse video (hopefully it uploaded properly, if not you can click here to see it on my Instagram: QuiltsnFeathers):
Here is how the projected lines look next to the drawn lines (I used this Fons and Porter white pencil):
|Wings Alight Quilt: projected wings (black) and traced wings (white).|
|Wings Alight Quilt: wings drawn on the quilt top.|
I basted the quilt using Quilter's Dream Orient, and it is ready to start quilting! Here's the official before picture:
|Wings Alight Quilt: basted quilt, measures 107" wide by 99" tall currently. The wings are there--just hard to see in this lighting.|
Next is filling bobbins and clearing off my sewing table! I'm excited to finally get to start quilting these wings!
|Wings Alight Quilt: Michael Miller Luxe sateen solids and Aurifil threads.|