Tye is a tattoo artist and glassblower. Originally, he wanted a quilt featuring Sailor Jerry tattoos, but they are trademarked and I wasn't gonna go there. Then, he asked about Greek keys (or frets) and Celtic knots. I could see the Greek keys as a border around a central Celtic knot medallion.
One night, we happened upon a website of tribal tattoos, and Tye found one he particularly liked.
This presented several problems, the first being what did I know about celtic knots?? I surfed the net, and found several methods of drawing celtic knots: one tedious and labor-intensive; the other more freeform. I found a method of cutting celtic knots from folded paper (like snowflakes). I found a celtic knot typface which allowed me to design knots by typing on the computer keyboard. I believe I'll use the "freeform" hand-drawn method.
The second problem is a matter of construction. Unlike my other quilts, which are patchwork-pieced, this quilt will need to be appliqued. I don't have the time (or patience) to hand-applique, so I intend to use a fusible web to attach the design to the quilt top, and zig-zag stitch the raw edges.
The third problem is a matter of scale. The finished quilt will be king-size (10 feet square). I will need to enlarge the drawing, and use it as my template.
Speaking of drawing, the picture of the tattoo could not be copied from the site, so I taped a piece of paper to my monitor and traced the outline of the tattoo (a low-tech solution to a high-tech problem). I want to modify the drawing. My research shows a bear paw has five toes, not four.