Mod Peacock by Juline

Summary

Category:
Quilting
Pattern:
Status:
Complete
Started:
2012-10-29T00:00:00Z
Finished:
2012-12-17T00:00:00Z
Tutorial:
None

Description

One of my long-time forums (12+ years!) has a Secret Santa exchange every year, organized every year by the same person. This year I decided to make something for her (in addition to something for whoever I get in the drawing). She's pinned a couple of peacock images to her Pinterest boards, so I used that as inspiration for this sort of mod-peacock.

I'll embroider the quote I now have pinned on the top. The quote reads "For man, as for flower and beast and bird, the supreme triumph is to be most vividly, most perfectly alive." Not sure what I"ll use for the head feathers. Beads, maybe? The back will be black, and I'll use some peacock-colored variegated thread so the quilting detail really stands out.

It measures 18" x 24".

12/11  I gave up on the embroidery. Too much other stuff to do, and I was having trouble getting the words lined up on that bottom curve. Then w/o the quote the tail looked way too uniform, so I cut off the bottom and reworked it a bit. Now to quilt it so it doesn't look so much like colored poop ;).

12/17 Finished. For the most part I'm pretty happy with it. I'm particularly happy with the scrappy (14 pieces!), somewhat skinny binding. But, lessons learned:

* Don't be afraid to edit! You can see the layout of the peacock changed since my first draft. I stared at it for a while, not liking the "J" shape of the tail feathers, when it finally occurred to me -- cut it out! Pretty liberating.

* Put more thought into label placement. I should have put it at the top so it didn't interfere so much with the peacock, but I thought it would get in the way of a hanging sleeve, which I'm not even sure I'll add. Plus I didn't want all the stitching on the back to cover the text on the label, and I didn't want to use *that* much invisible thread, and I knew it would be difficult to remember where to start/stop the black and invisible thread.

About the invisible thread -- use the grayish colored kind! The clear reflects too much light. I knew this, but had forgotten. You can see it to the right of the peacock all around the label.


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Comments

True

This is going to be an amazing piece of art and how wonderful of you to do! Such a lovely gift and surprise and truly a spectacular quilt! Cannot wait to see it done...

Mouseinmypocket

This is going to be lovely.

Mymble

This is delightful- it will be a much treasured gift:)

AllPatchedUp

What a thoughtful idea! It's going to be gorgeous and a much treasured gift.

Jennifleur

Wow, that's going to be lovely!

Juline

Thanks, all :). I'm itching to quilt it, but I need to tackle the quote first.

Gail

This is awesome!! Can't wait to see how you quilt it!!

Mymble

Oh dear- I'm laughing so hard it hurts from your update- but no, it doesn't look like colored poop at all- it looks great- I loved it when you first posted it and am still loving it- can't wait to see it all done. Why not print the quote out about 4 x3 on some printer fabric, and use it as the framework for your quilt label on the back?

Juline

Hmmm, that's an idea. I've got a piece of selvage from some peacock fabric I want to put on the back. Maybe I'll sew that to some fabric with the quote on it and then stitch it to the back? Thanks!

Juline

Also -- for my art quilts I've been printing on regular cotton fabric. I set it with an iron, then spray it with some sealer. I figure the art quilts aren't going to get put in the washing machine, so they should be pretty safe, right? (I hope!)

Melanie

awesome!

True

Wow spectacular! Love all of it...the quilting is amazing and love label on back!

Whatthebobbin

Very nice!

Stamdl

Wow - I really love this! Stunning in every way.

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