I've wanted to do a collage piece with a bird in the center for ages, but haven't been able to get around to it until this summer. I realized a California Quail design would be a perfect summer-into-fall piece, so I got straight to work and stitched one up. Instead of using the same "Woodlands" colorway that I used for the poppy piece, I went with the softer "Kelp" colorway, because the aquas, golds and browns have a Western pastoral feel, as well as a Southwestern desert feel.
And quail -- aren't they the cutest birds? I was amazed as I was graphing him out, how many different colors there are in his body. Lots of color changes as you stitch, but you're only using a few strands of each color, so it somehow gets stitched up pretty quickly.... Here's a close-up look at the quail, as well as a peek at the patterns in the boxes:
It's a fun one to stitch, with luscious squares of composite stitches, plus a handful of cheerful California Poppies! So, if you're a California Quail lover, like me, this might be the next fun project for you. Please fly over to my website and check out the new CALIFORNIA QUAIL COLLAGE information.