As I lost intrest in the pumpkin, I began to investigate other traditional Thanksgiving themed quilts or quilt blocks that I could use for my wreath. I found, much to my horror, that many if not all of them required applique. Don't get me wrong, I don't mind applique, in fact on long car trips it is sometimes the only way I know to maintain my sanity. However, on a day to day basis I would rather not applique. I am just not that good at it. Okay, I am getting better. I am really not comfortable enough with my skills to hang my applique on my FRONT DOOR and announce it to the world. "Look at what a shitty job she did with her applique!" That being said, I was really getting discouraged. I started to printed out several applique patterns just to "look" at.
That is when it happened! I was watching a pattern come out of the printer when it dawned on me.
This looks a lot like a dresden plate pattern! Hey! Why not make a turkey block out of a dresden plate!
Don't these little pieces look like the feathers we used to cut out of construction paper! It does. I asked the experts. They agree.
Here is what didn't dawn on me until much later. You still have to applique a dresden plate. (a little slow on the uptake. I blame it on the decongestant)
Fortunately, I already had gone through my orange fabric stash for the pumpkins. I selected a few and added them to my turkey feather stash. After more digging I came up with my background, the body and a red for, um what ever that red thing is called. .. a waddle? or is that what penguins do? Perhaps I am getting my birds confused. Regardless, I chose a lovely red fabric. I also chose to add trapunto to the feathers. And they totally ROCK. (In my humble opinion.)
I was slightly disappointed in, not only my applique abilities, but on my color choices. I wanted the "Plate" to stand out so I purposely picked a neutral color for the body. However, my body and background colors are too close to the same hue.
I heavily quilted the background, again, to show off the feathers.
I am definitely going to use this little guy in some future projects! I am adding this post to Sew and tell fridays, HERE at amylouwho. Stop in and see the other awesome projects!