I have a project of which I am very fond. My alligator. So fond, I’ve made two different versions of it. The Alligator from the Great Northwest was the first quilt that I ever entered into a national show (Paducah). The center for this quilt was actually the first alligator I made, the second alligator was the first one I finished.
Now I have decided to enter Great Northwestern Alligator II into another show. And I am wondering if it needs something extra. But this is a tough choice because the entire point is to take inspiration from the art of Indians of the Great Northwest–which, by definition is a very primitive. The quilt is heavily quilted, except for the lower fringe, which is unquilted.
I found some beads I thought might enhance it. One option is to bead the “ladder back” of the alligator with some circular beads that I found. The color in this beaded back photo is terrible. The true red is really a rust red, and the blacks range from charcoal to black. The beads are a lighter grey, but because of the oyster shell type finish, they have a somewhat rustic look.
Another option is to use the beads to add to the fringe. The color in this photo is much more true. A deeper red and the beads are actually slightly darker than they are “in real life”. This would be a minimal approach.