Mother Swan is building her nest in preparation for Mother's Day! She is laying twigs I picked up outside and sewed by hand using invisable thread to her already machine sewn free motions style nesting area. (Using varigated brown/white thread)
She (and her nest) were prepared by copying the photo in mirror image, placing it on white cotton, and then machine sewing on the paper image with silver metallic thread from my bobbin (wrong side/photo side). She was then cut out and sewn applique style/raw edged on top of the background.
The background is two pieces of cotton fabric from my stash heavily free motion sewn to be grassland and water. Silver metallic thread was used for the sun's reflection on the water. It is bound with turquoise cotton left over from my last big quilt project. Longer twigs were added to the sides to frame the whole picture.