I didn't get any sewing done yesterday, since I was running errands, but that doesn't mean I wasn't thinking about quilting! One of my errands was a stop at the library. While I was there, a book that was displayed jumped out at me. It's called Josephine by Patricia Hruby Powell. It's a children's book - a biography about The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker.
And in it, is an image of a leopard that is just perfect for the elephant parade quilt. Most of it, particularly the neck and face, has a change I was already thinking about making for my next block, but this book gives me a better idea of how to do the feet.
There are lots of other beautiful images in it as well. In fact, the book is just filled with inspiration. When I just looked it up on Amazon, I see it is a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book. Well deserved.
See that monkey? Hmm, an elephant parade could use a monkey, could it not? It would add to the whimsical nature of the quilt.
And look at the people. Don't you think that dancing couple would love to be in the parade too? I have African fabrics I can use for their dresses. Maybe instead of flowers, I can make people. I realize that I am taking out the simplicity of this modern quilt with all these, which is striking since the simplicity is what drew me to the quilt in the first place. One day, I might be able to make a simple modern quilt and keep it simple, but apparently, not today and not with this quilt. I haven't decided yet whether they should be dancing or walking in the quilt.
I also took my animal prints fabric to the experts. I wanted to
make sure that I used the prints appropriately for the various animals. I didn't want to use tiger fabric for a giraffe.
I was expecting them to say, this fabric is this animal, this fabric is that animal, etc. Apparently some of the fabric I have are stylized and don't necessarily represent
particular animals. We decided on the leopard fabric. I think it is the one on the extreme right. That one isn't so important, because it will still look like a cat, so whatever animal you think it is, it is that. The issue was more for the giraffe. I don't have giraffe fabric, but I have decided to use one of these for it anyway - the one in the middle with the big circles. I think it is a better option than using a solid. After all that, it turns out that we will have an animal that is impersonating another animal in the quilt.
My sister also said the one on the very left would work well as a snake. Maybe a snake will sneak into the sashing!