Monday, June 03, 2013

Vulture quilt - part one



Several weeks ago, we were visited by a flock of seven turkey vultures, making their way northwards.  I had to go look it up, because I was pretty sure "flock" wasn't the right word.  Wow!  It turns out that they can be called a "kettle" when they're in flight, a "committee" when they're perching, and if they're feeding...get this...they can be called a "wake".  

Well, we had a kettle of them spiraling overhead, choosing to become a committee in our woods for two nights before they moved on.  Fascinating birds.  Huge, ugly as can be, magnificent in flight, ungainly when perching.  But for some reason I can't explain, I love them.

My next quilt is inspired by the vultures.  I started with a scan of a feather (don't worry, I put it back!) and turned that into a digital line drawing which ended up being manipulated even further.  From there, the file went to my favorite, Spoonflower .

The fabric should be here soon, and I'll take a shot to show you when it arrives!    
Part one
Part two
Part three

Part four

Part five

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4 comments:

ACreativeDream June Crawford said...

I am almost afraid of the line that reads "don't worry, I put it back"...I had to look the creatures up. You're right, they are ugly, but they're pretty cool too.

Cannot wait to see what you do with this fabric, something tells me it will be spectacular!

Cyndi L said...

LOL! I was just referring to the fact that only Native Americans can legally collect feathers from migratory birds. It made me sad not to keep it, but I stuck it back in our woods where I found it.

Cherie Burbach said...

I was going to say the same thing as June! LOL But I get it now.

So interesting that this was your inspiration! I can't wait to see how this progresses.

Eileen Bergen said...

Great minds ... I was thinking the same thing. "Put it back" - where did she put it back - on the bird, in the museum display case, hmmm?

Who comes up with those terms? A "committee" of turkey vultures - I can think of other committees that are like a bunch of vultures, so it sort of makes sense. I guess the terms also brighten up our native tongue.

Great post, Cyndi ;-)

Can't wait to see the fabric and what you do with it.

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