Tuesday, January 10, 2012

More zoo pictures - rhino

This one was painted by my new son-in-law.

Before quilting and the original photo
The great thing about these little projects is that you can indulge in some quilting. I've quilted Swirling Petals on the painted area and feathers on the green border. I'm still trying to perfect my feathers in free motion quilting. I don't seem to be able to keep making graceful tear-drop shapes. Stubby sausages are a better description of my feathers.

For the rest of the quilt, I took my inspiration from the batik and quilted a four petal flower all over. I knew that I wouldn't be able to keep the size and spacing consistent so I deliberately went for a more wonky look. Honest, it was deliberate! My feeling is that if you are going to hand guide a design it shouldn't look like a computer did it!

I decided to hang on to my sewing machine until the end of the holidays and just talk nicely to it when it makes clunky sounds. It really needs a good overhaul. I was worried about my boredom levels, now that I'm without my TV. The Sky guy is due today but it is now 2pm and not a word from him yet! On the plus side, I've found out that TVonDemand from TVNZ is actual very watchable, even on my little netbook. So I didn't miss the second episode of Falling Skies. I'm not hooked yet but I love sci-fi and will pretty well watch anything. I watched the whole of the series V and it was dreadful!

I'm off to finish the flamingo painting now.

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