Posted by: jbaner | July 5, 2013

Barney Who

Finally, for those who have been following my progress with Barney the owl. I have photographed him, sketched him with graphic pencil, painted him with watercolor pencils on paper, thread painted him on an 8×10″ quilt and now finally, finally….the major quilt that I have had in mind since I first saw him a few years ago is complete!

I enlarged the photo of him on an overhead projector to get the size I wanted and made sure he was in scale and realistic. I started with his head which is pieced, but soon tired of that technique, so the rest of his body is raw edge applique on a technique I am using more and more that to my knowledge I made up. I machine appliqued him to the background fabric, then appliqued the faux border and small branches and leaves. I achieved the roundness and realism of the large branch he sits on by using tsukineko inks to shade. I am quite pleased as to how that turned out. It was then free motion quilted on my longarm and learned a few things about thread color…..like how bright you really have to go to get it to show up. However, I wanted most of those quilted leaves to blend into the background and create texture. The few bright green ones I put in are not as bright as I thought they would be. But lesson learned.

I hope you all enjoy viewing this one as much as I enjoyed making it. A few of you know it was stalled a couple of times, but overall, I really did enjoy making it……what shall be next? Stay tuned…….

Barney Who - full view

Barney Who – full view

Barney Who - detail view

Barney Who – detail view

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