The swan and the Ballerina...
Jason had drawn the stencils for me of the swan and the ballerina long before I started this quilt.
But he drew them different sizes and not together.
I wanted the ballerina to be bowing over the swan.
What to do?
I used my handy dandy copier and started by blowing up the swan to the exact size I wanted it and then once I got the swan I would be closer to knowing what size the ballerina needed to be.
The key detail was I wanted them to be UNDER the poppies. To give it a more magical feeling.
Transformation of any kind is rather magical if you ask me and that is what this quilt is ALL about.
Here is a picture of the first copies I made trying them out on the background.
There's progress. They were face to face, but she definitely needs to be bigger.
In this next one I was getting there, but she still needed to be bigger.
After about an hour and a half of shrinking and enlarging I finally managed to get her the right size.
She is gracefully bowing over the swan, under the poppies a bit, and the proportions don't look too off.
After this photo I actually ended up shrinking the swan just a little bit since the ballerina can't be any bigger and still stay under the poppies.
|close up of swan stencil|
I have to admit that this stage of the process was much harder for me than it ever has been before. I have always had the subjects drawn on the same page before and I have always started with them and knew what size they were going to be before ever starting a quilt.
This step caused me a lot of frustration - especially since it came while I had PLENTY of time to work on the quilt and was eager to be sewing and get this out of the way.
Now that I am through it, I like knowing I can work both ways and I know what to do and not do.
This is an aspect of quilting I truly appreciate it.
It always pushes me to figure out something and then on the next quilt it is much easier and there is always something else. I always get through the frustration and end up with a product I like. I don't stop working on it until I get it just like I want it.
I do not settle for less than I am capable of.
|Close up of ballerina stencil (yes, I will be piecing her skirt.)|
I also have learned I CAN actually work without necessarily knowing exactly what the finished product is going to look like. I have told myself for years I have to have it all together beginning to end and now I realize I really don't. This stuff flows out of me because it is my greatest teacher.
I'm off to start piecing the swan!
Until next time!