The Animal Collage Project

I belong to the Modern Quilt Guild of NWA.  Our Prez brings us a challenge every few months.  Our latest challenge, due in February, is to make an animal quilt using collage.  The animal can be real, imagined, a pet, whatever we choose.  The hardest part for me was deciding what kind of animal to portray and suddenly I was inspired by a childhood memory: the ballerina hippos in Walt Disney’s “Fantasia.”  I looked to see if the hippos actually had names and lo and behold, the main hippo is Hyacinth.  So Hyacinth is going have the night off from dancing.  I decided on an approximate size of 18-inches square and made a sketch.  Then I stapled a piece of woven, non-fusible interfacing to the sketch as a guide.  I want the facial features to stand out somewhat so started working on those.

Friends in my art quilt group have talked about using Steam-A-Seam 2 for applique projects.  I had a sample but was never impressed because it had lost it’s stickiness.  This is how it works.  The fusible has two papers, one which is easily removed, the other which you need to peel off.  Always follow the manufacturer’s directions but basically remove one paper, smooth the fusible onto the wrong side of the fabric, give it a quick press.

SteamASeam II

SteamASeam 2

Cut out your shape, remove the other paper, and put it in place.  The beauty of this product is that you can remove the shape and reposition it on your project until you iron it in place.  So far I have not ironed anything down.  Here are the beginnings of the eye detail.  Since hippos are wrinkly, I cut a log of crescent shapes in the under eye (light) area, as well as the pupil.

Comma Shapes

Comma Shapes

Eye Detail

Eye Detail

Eye Detail

Eye Detail

Fabric for nostrils

Fabric for nostrils

Sometimes you can use parts of a fabric for details–I used this fabric for the nostrils.

Nostril and Eye Details

Nostril and Eye Details

Before adding larger pieces to finish the body, I wanted to emphasize the facial features so pulled out some gradated greys for shading, adding some purple line details.

Eye Detail

Eye Detail

Eye Detail

Eye Detail

And here we are so far.  Stay tuned for more progress photos. I have not removed the second paper from the purple line on the face as it is easier to add the lines after placing background pieces.

Face Details

Face Details

I’ve already got some ideas for grass, water and sky and, of course, Hyacinth’s tutu.  Have a great weekend.

About icandyet.com

Hi—I’m Candy P. I live in beautiful Northwest Arkansas and write this blog about quilting. I love the entire process of quilting from design to piecing and appliqué, to free-motion quilting on my Janome. I have been sewing since I was five and started quilting in 1991 with a group in NE Minnesota. We used cardboard templates and scissors and did everything by hand. I have since made traditional quilts, donation quilts and Quilts of Valor; I’ve done paper piecing and foundation quilting but now really enjoy improvisational piecing using scraps from my stash or my hand dyed fabrics and making art quilts. I am also currently trying to finish any and all unfinished projects. I am so far behind I can never die. I have always been a maker, a sewist and needleworker, running the gamut from hand embroidery to macramé, knitting, crocheting, crafts, book binding and mixed media projects. I have taught a lot of handicraft classes including fabric painting, origami, and calligraphy, Dancercise (who remembers that) and my own exercise classes. When I’m not in the garage dyeing fabric or in my studio, I’m at Zumba or walking on local trails and photographing art or whatever catches my eye. I currently belong to Crystal Bridges, AQS, The Quilt Show, NWA Modern Quilt Guild and the Van Go-Go Girls (a local art quilt group). I occasionally make it to the piano and the golf course and enjoy cooking with my husband and generally wreaking some kind of havoc with my daughter. You can read my previous blog at Kandykwilts.blogspot.com but you cannot read my blog as northwind at The Quilt Show, apparently lost forever. I write about my current projects, mistakes and all, and often tell you what products I use (with no compensation). I am open to suggestions about blog posts and will be happy to answer any questions you may have about my projects or posts. Comment or email me. Feedback is most welcome—just be kind.

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