Well it’s been a bit longer than I would have liked but my swallow quilt top is now finished- I couldn’t wait for some nice daylight so apologies for the dark photos! I have the wadding and some fabric I’d really like to use as the backing, but I need to lay it out to see if I have enough. I’m pleased with my banner-holding birdies, and last night had a flicker of recognition looking at them: they seemed sort of Mexican, somehow. I dug out a book about Mexican artist Frida Kahlo and sure enough, many paintings in the book have banners proclaiming their titles or dedications, and a few had birds holding the banners, most famously this one:
Frida Kahlo is among my favourite painters, so this is no accident; those birds must have been fluttering around in my subconscious!
I’m pleased with the eyes and beaks, and glad I did them all at once. They just seem to have come alive now and I’m looking forward to quilting it. But it’s a fair size so I’d better get cracking!