This artwork was created by an unknown artist from Sri Lanka--batik, wax applied to fabric and dyes applied. The wax holds the dyes in sections. This art was acquired by my friend, Kim Hammer on her travels to Southeast Asia. My part of the art is to create an art quilt by adding batting and backing and texture through quilting. I also added some of my own poetry to this piece as well.
In this photo, the top of the art--leaves, the batting--the cream color layer and the back--turquoise and gold fabric that I'm cutting. All three layers are pinned together and then stitched by free motion machine together. Free motion means that the stitches are guided by the stitcher--sometimes I call in stitch drawing.
"The bird sits at the edge of her nest,
She takes a moment to look at the five perfect eggs about to hack
She breathes in the spring air and settles down to sit, to warm the eggs
Her gaze becomes soft,
Her thoughts stay with the present moment
There is no where that she needs to go
She stays in this moment of stillness
Calm, relaxed, ready"
MaryLee Eischen 5/2022
If you look closely, you'll see the stitching around the bird's feet and around the eggs. In the nest of many lines of stitching to add lots of texture. There was so much stitching on the lower portion of the art quilt that the dimensions were altered. The lower portion was smaller than the upper one third of the quilt. I was not sure how to fix this problem with the quilt. It hung the quilt on my design wall for about two weeks as I worked on other art until an idea came to me.
I decided that I could stitch on the background in the upper portion and create the breeze blowing and add swirls around the words and the leaves and stems on the upper part of the quilt. The color of the thread would be close to the background.
Here's an images of the stitching around the words, "in her eggs." That heavy stitching made all the difference. And the top and bottom of the quilt came into alignment.
This is the hanging device that makes is easy to hang on the wall.
The completed Spring Bird Art Quilt measures 21" x 33".