72” x 54.5”
It is my pleasure to share with you today my lovely quilt, Urban Deer. This deer is larger than life. She emits a quality when you stand by her that is full of love and hope and gentleness. It's just not the same seeing a tiny picture of her....
Well, I am on day 3. I plan to post 5 new quilts in a mere 5 days. I have been working on these quilts all year. I have been waiting so patiently to post about this one. She is my favorite. I had entered her into Quilt National which has strict rules about your entry not being published before their show. However, she did not get into the show, so she is with me a bit longer. I am happy to have her!
I have unofficially called her, "You are what you eat!" Her body is composed entirely of flowers, and you can see her nibbling on this flower. Deer are like that, they eat forbs, not grass. All the flowers are hand drawn with batik on a hand dyed background. Then they were bleach discharged and cut apart. Next step was to overdye them in multiple colors, and then one-by-one boil out the wax. You can see more about the making of these flowers on this post. I applied fusible to the backs of all the flowers and then hand cut them. I piled them up on an outline of her body, pressed them in place with the iron and trimmed her body to the right shape. It left a lot of holes between the flowers, so I went back and filled those in with the trimmings.
When I envisioned this quilt, the deer was smaller and I had her placed in a background of urban houses, like a neighborhood. But the bigger she got, the more the picture changed in my head until I had no idea what to do with the background. This is what I like to call percolating! It just needed some time. I decided to try her out on various backgrounds to get an idea of the color I wanted. First I photographed her on a white background.
Next step was to decide on the flowers for the foreground.
I sincerely hope you will get to see her in person some day. She is a feast for the eyes!