While working on my peacock, I couldn't wait to pull fabrics and start on the tail feathers of the Bird of Paradise (BOP). I am so loving this Civil War Bride Quilt! I figured Mr. BOP needed to be bold and regal as compared to the peacock, who looks like he's been sipping umbrella drinks on some beach in the Caribbean. I can't wait to get Mr. BOP off my basement carpet and perched on his tree on the background fabric. I love the bold purple, red, gold and black fabrics. I think these colors will definitely pull the focus away from the peacock and back to the quilt's name sake!
Thanks to Lurline (visit her blog here), I decided to streamline Mr. BOP's body as well, after her beautiful example. I didn't feel like the original body matched the stunning, regal shape of the tail feathers.
Some lesser birds (don't tell THEM that...) have also been occupying my mind in the past couple of weeks. These ostriches are glue-basted as well and ready to go (I changed their feet), along with some lovely pale pink blossoms.
Once Mr. BOP and his ostrich backup singers are stitched down, I'm going to work on the two remaining urn blocks, as well as an additional original one (I'm hoping to put the urn blocks on the four corners).
If there were just 3-4 more hours in a day, all devoted to sewing...sigh.