About three years ago, I had taken a picture of a Carolina Wren, and the curving lines of the branches and vines around it caught my eye. I realized how shrubs that are nondescript to us, are important shelters from the birds' point of view. I had done several small sketches and practice mini-quilts from that picture.
Since that first Carolina Wren picture, I have gotten other pictures of wrens and sparrows sheltered within branches. I thought a series of them as a wall hanging would make a great project for our theme, but I only finished this one small square.
The original photo had composition issues, with branches taking up the majority of the space, and blocking the view of the wren, so I simplified it to turn it into this quiltlet.
I painted dye on the corners of an old linen napkin and machine quilted lines to suggest the leaves. I printed the wren on inkjet printer cotton and appliqued her on. The white area I had left for the tree branches was too white and plain, so I added some color with fabric crayons. To emphasize the lacy gray-green lichen around the bird, I stitched some rayon braided ribbons and pique trim in loose loops.
I will post more of the details on my blog Deep in the Heart of Textiles.