|Who's a clever little flamingo? (Pondering Eccentricity 2)|
When thinking about the theme of Balance, I initially thought to take a philosophical or psychological approach, but in the end opted for a more literal, and a touch flirtatious, slant.
This is not what I would call a 'serious' piece, but I certainly had a lot of fun creating this little gal. One of my early quilts also featured a flamingo - Pondering Eccentricity - and, although I wouldn't consider it one of my best works, I always liked the quirkiness of the bird featured in that quilt. So, when considering Balance, my thoughts turned back to the bird that is the master of this technique!
I have many photos of flamingos, taken on trips to Asia in recent years, and these were my inspiration. I never did see any of the birds assuming this rather contorted posture, though!
The bird has been created using raw-edge appliqué, with satin stitch edging while the background is a collage of many little pieces of cotton and organza. I have used a variety of materials in this quilt - cotton (both hand dyed and commercial), organza, felt and beads. Free motion stitching has been worked using rayon and polyester threads.
The eye lashes are fastened at the 'rim' so that they can curl seductively!
There is minimal quilting on the bird herself, but the background is quite heavily quilted in order to secure all the tiny pieces of organza.
The quilt measures 15" x 15".
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