Draw A Bird Day (September encore)!

I want to once again acknowledge M. R. Emberson of A-Wing and A-Way for alerting the WordPress community to the holiday for drawing birds on April 8. A group of other artists and I have been carrying on the tradition monthly ever since, and it’s been lots of fun.


Unfortunately this weekend got a bit busy, and so I’ll be posting this month’s contribution in stages. I got the idea for this one from this earlier post, dubbed “The Yellow Bird of Happiness” by my husband. That bird was so full of joy that he makes me smile every time I flip back to that journal page.   I thought it might be fun to make him the central motif in an art quilt.   Working with fabric is certainly rewarding, but it was soooo much faster to do that quick watercolor sketch. hehe.

I think I’ll call this one “A New Song” (which reminds me of the Father Tim book series by Jan Karon, which started with “At Home in Mitford”.   Does anyone else love this series?   “A New Song” was the fifth installment).     I hope that the finished project will come somewhat close to the vision I have for it in my head.   🙂

I hope you’ll join me next week for the Draw A Bird Day recap, when I post a link to the artwork of all of the bloggers who joined us this month!  Peace, and I hope you all have a great week ahead.

61 thoughts on “Draw A Bird Day (September encore)!

      1. Don’t I know. Plus the process is so slow. Although sometimes I’m disappointed and put it away and when I take it out again it looks good, or I see what I want/need to do with it. I find that fiber is always alterable, as opposed to paint.

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  1. Your New Song bird has a definite quilt vibe (the colors and the background, the textures, too) to it. I’ve joined your Draw A Bird Day encore and it’s so much fun to see everyone’s creations. Thanks so much for doing this, Laura. Happy day to you!

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  2. Wow! Wow! I love this.It’s a pretty happy image you’ve created–congratulations! To me this is stunning. The more i look at it the more I like the gradation of color across the image–it points out the solid happiness of that bird.

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  3. Wow, Laura, this is so extremely beautiful and really inspiring!!! I just love it!!! 🐥❤️ What a creative way to work with fabric, and the colors just scream out HAPPINESS! Love your contribution to this months Draw-A-Bird-Day!!! Thanks for establishing it, it´s so much fun!!! ❤️😊

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    1. Thanks! I’m so glad you’re having fun with it! I hope I don’t mess up this birdie, lol. I want to do art quilts so badly, but I’ve done them the least, so they’re my weakest area. I hate to waste fabric I really like with my bad (right now) skills, but yet if I use old fabric I don’t like…..won’t like the result. Unless I figure a way to really jazz up the fabric with paint, which is what I’m trying to figure. We’ll see what happens. I’m really glad you like this! It gives me hope that maybe I can make art quilts someday.

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      1. Oh, I´m sure you will, now doubt about it!!! What about white cotton fabric and then dyeing it in the washing machine with batik color? I used to do that during my Hippie phase. You get nice patterns by knotting the fabric and put it into the washing machine that way. I think white cotton fabric should be quite effordable and there are no worries of wasting it. I don´t know when and from who I heard it that thinking “economically” when doing art doesn´t serve the outcome of it… I know it´s hard, that´s why I buy almost only the cheapest stuff… (which is no good either…). It´s a dilemma, that´s for sure. But you have to find a way if this is your dream!!! 💕

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    1. Thank you so much! I’m so glad you’re so enthusiastic! I’m very new to art quilting though so brace yourself for the final. I hope you’ll still like it and I also hope you’ll be frank if you don’t, or maybe tell me where I went awry. :)) I was working on it yesterday, not sure if it’s gone pear shaped or not. Anyway I’m so glad you like the initial stage of it! 🙂

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