My mom's a quilter, so I've grown up with an appreciation for the art form, and I love all the connotations quilting brings with it-- the deeply rooted Americana; the traditions of using whatever scraps of fabric were available, to bring new life to garments & new function to cloth. I love the play between the color & patterns in patchwork quilts and what you can do with quilting techniques and hand stitching to create texture on the surface.
I also really love embroidery (which I've been playing around with more too). For me, being able to get really "noodle-y" and picky about my technique and stitches is another way of focusing my energy, and as a result, my affection for, a particular subject. In my illustrations, I use a lot of small and intricate marks or careful repetitive patterns & I love doing the same with my plush. I intend to make at least 100 of these birds for a larger project I'm pursuing, to help change the public opinion of (and misinformation about) pigeons.