I'm not superstitious, but just to be on the safe side, I headed upstairs New Year's Day and randomly pulled a beautiful streaked batik from my stash. (Click on photos to enlarge.)
Stepping back, I gazed at it. Suddenly, one area (taped off in the photo) jumped out at me. To me it looked almost like an entire ready-made landscape. And in short order it was on the cutting mat and trimmed out to be just that.
I could see this wasn't going to take much embellishment, and not all that much quilting, either.
A little while later, it had only a few additions--two eagles, three evergreens, and a hedgerow.
Oh, and one subtraction...placed a scrap of gold over those green blobs near the center.
Unfortunately the hedgerow appeared to be floating. Not good.
I added a length of nubby variegated yarn, mostly browns, to the base of the hedgerow. This seemed to ground it and made the eagles visually pop a bit, as well.
All quilting was free motion, spaced anywhere from 1/4 inch to 1-1/4 inches apart, following most of the lines in the streaked pattern. The trees and eagles were outline-quilted.
Binding in a dark brown further emphasized the eagles. Here's the finished landscape:
|"Eagles Hunting at Sundown"|
Have a great weekend.