This is the fifth quilt in my “Duet” series, about birds that mate for life. It is based on the design of Duet #4, which I designed, pieced, and quilted in 2015. The two birds are abstract and not intended to depict a particular species, although their silhouettes are similar to cranes, herons, or egrets. They are juxtaposed against a background of colorful wing shapes, suggesting that they may be members of a larger flock. I chose warm colors for one of the birds and cooler colors for the other.
Working from a photograph of the unquilted top from Duet #4, I painted the whole design on my Microsoft Surface Design Studio computer. The design was printed on cotton fabric by Spoonflower.
The quilting was done with dozens of different colors of #40 top-stitching thread in feather patterns. The negative spaces were quilted with a small, over-all meander pattern. The bindings are one-of-a-kind fabrics, designed especially for this quilt, and the backing fabric is from my Splash collection for Benartex, based on my original hand-painted designs.