"Just a boy and a girl, in a little canoewith the moon shining all around.He applied his paddle so,you couldn't even hear a sound.And they talked and they talked,til the moon drew dim.Then he said "You better kiss me or get out a swim."So whatcha gonna do, in a little canoe,with the moon shining all a,boys swimming all a, andgirls paddling all around."
My apologies to my fellow racers for the creative editing to create a boy and a girl in a little canoe. The fusible with the outlined image was ironed onto a scrap of solid black fabric. Once the outline was carefully cut out, I started to audition potential backgrounds. The navy fabric had some wonderful water-like ripples, but I worried that it was too close in value to the newly cut out black silhouettes. Next I auditioned some of my fauxbori fabrics which provided a stronger contrast to my pair of paddlers.
Dark blue scraps were pulled to improvisationally piece an evening sky. A circle was cut out from some metallic bathing suit fabric and fused to create the shining moon. Working from the background to the foreground, each section was pinned onto batting and backing for quilting, before adding the next section.
The painted forest involved a bit of stamping using a variety of acrylic paints with metallic accents. Again, I worked from the background to the foreground, layering on different stamped shapes, colors, and textures.
|"Flashing with Silver" finishes 17" x 18"|
As always, thanks to Kim and Trish for another inspiring quilt challenge theme! Be sure to check out all the amazing one-week entries made for Project Quilting's "In Silhouette" challenge. And check back on my progress on the other art quilt featuring silhouettes!
I'll leave you with one more camp song that inspired the quilt's title: "My Paddle's Keen and Bright"
"My paddle's keen and bright,Flashing with silver.Follow the wild goose flight,Dip, dip and swingDip, dip and swing them backFlashing with silverSwift as the wild goose fliesDip, dip and swing."