Title: Mute Vigil
Mute swans are known for their disagreeable nature, but they are most belligerent while protecting their eggs and young. I think my swan ended up with a more tranquil disposition.
For my quilt, I used a fabric collage technique, funsig free-hand rotary-cut strips of cotton, lame, and silk fabric to the background base for the wing, grasses and nest before laying down stitches with my trusty 15+-year-old Bernina 1031. I liked the regularity of straight stitch for the grasses and nest, but felt that free-motion stitching more closely represented feathers and waves. I used fabrics from my stash, including a highly-textured, indigo-dyed Thai silk for the border. Threads are mostly rayon with some metallic thread sprinkled in.