I had this image in my mind the minute the theme was announced! I set some parameters for myself that the piece would be whimsical, using bright pinks and oranges and fresh (i.e. not overworked).
I spent some time playing with bird forms in my sketchbook and came up with the shape of the birds- I’m sure I have been influenced by children’s’ picture books, having worked as a teacher librarian for many years. John Birmingham comes to mind.
I found a graduated pink and orange graduated fabric in my stash and fused on the birds with shimmery cotton that looked like silk in cool colours. I used some pastel Kaffe Fassett design for the see-saw. Then it was a matter of fusing and thread-sketching the pieces into place. It was finished off with a swirly free-motion quilting pattern.
It would be great to make a little series of these with the brainless birds doing other things with play equipment. I think they would be a nice addition a child’s room or nursery.
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