The final steps in making the Cedar Waxwing art quilt were the hardest. Drawing is not my strong point and thread sketching is a bit like drawing. So, I created multiple steps to ensure a more successful outcome. First, I traced the image of the waxwing onto a plastic sheet and made a copy of it onto white paper.
Then, I drew pencil lines on the white paper where I thought my thread sketching should be. I lined paper with interfacing and free motion quilted over the pencil lines with black thread. I took an extra step and created a paper color copy of the waxwing and thread sketched it.
Finally, I made the jump to the actual fabric pieced waxwing created earlier and free motion quilted it. Definitely, a fun process but I did have to let go and not try to be a perfectionist.
The end result was a beautiful art quilt, my first. I am looking forward to sharing more of these with you in the future.