It took a while to figure out how to use Photoshop to create a design I could live with. My first attempt didn't really look like an Osprey to me at all.
Then I remembered that I had ordered some Transfer Artist Paper (TAP) from Leslie Riley a while back. So instead of printing directly on fabric, I printed the Osprey picture on the TAP and ironed the image to the fabric. Other techniques tried during this challenge were: using Organza to represent the wings of an Osprey bird, using some shiny halloween fabric to make the windows look translucent, adding charcoal netting to the aircraft carrier runway to make it look gravelly, and stippling in stripes. Here's my attempt:
Usually, when I photograph my quilts, I take them outside on my deck to catch the sunlight. Unfortunately, the entire east coast was socked in with rain yesterday. And, of course, I waited until the last minute to finish this quilt. So, at the Friendship Star Service Project Workshop yesterday, I caught the flourescent light from the ceiling and had a friend hold the quilt for my pictures. It's not the best picture to send in, but I'll hope for the best. I should hear from the challenge sponsors by October 8th whether my quilt will be accepted as one of many from all around the country to celebrate in cloth the 2011 100th Anniversary of Naval Aviation. If it doesn't make it in....I've learned an awful lot to improve my quilting skills. Wish me luck!