I used to knit or crochet in college classes because it helped me to focus on the class - some of my teachers were annoyed until they tried to catch me by asking a surprise question and found that I knew exactly what was going on. Am I weird that way? Maybe.
Anyway - here is one of the little pictures that I drew last year - and saved because I liked the "feel" of the little critter. She sort of reminds me of a fortune teller.
And here is the quilt that I made with that drawing as inspiration. The border fabric was the inspiration for the colors. At first I tried many different background fabrics - but none of them made Solanna really shine.
But when I chose the black background, I needed to do something to perk it up. I used some of my really pretty new variegated thread and I left unquilted circles for contrast and interest and to mimic the circles in the border. It was an interesting challenge to leave the circles unquilted. I finally cut circles out of freezer paper and ironed them down and stitched a line around each circle before adding the vertical lines.
And I added a LOT of embroidery and beading - check out the detail photos to see some of the added dimension. All in all a fun project.