Rather than just use one fabric for the background I used a variety of hand dyed fabrics cut into random strips and sewn together, varying the width and curves of the strips to add interest.
|Random strips of fabric pieced together to create background.|
For this design I decided to quilt the background entirely before adding any appliqué.
I made two pieces at the same time so I could try out different effects. The single egret uses only cotton variegated threads.
|Flying home - a solitary egret flies home across the South China Sea.|
|Free motion quilting, a blend of polyester and cotton threads.|
|A pair of egrets flying home silhouetted against a tropical sunset.|