Sunday, July 18, 2010

Bird of Paradise Assembled

Piece by piece I got the Bird of Paradise assembled. I basted each tail feather over freezer paper and then glue basted them together. It is pretty sturdy now, I hope I can stitch thru it to applique it all together and then get the freezer paper out.

I had wanted to use the back of the red striped bird body fabric, but I ironed it onto the freezer paper backwards and decided to just practice basting the bird beak. It basted pretty well and I decided not to mess with success and just leave it.

The poison green with black has been a favorite since I got it but it would never go well with others, so in this block it can be the only leaf fabric.

I also have one precious little piece of black ultrasuede and I am going to use it for the bird feet and see how that goes. You do not have to turn under the edges with the ultrasuede so I am just going to use fusable webbing and iron them onto the block and applique them as I would a prebasted piece. If it looks well I am going to use ultrasuede for the rest of the bird feet, strawberry tops, and possibly bird beaks - all those fussy little pieces.

It has been a very hot weekend here in Nebraska with high humidity - a great weekend to stay indoors and sew. I finished Linda's tablerunners, she has the cutest fabrics in these. I love the watermelon applique tablecloth, there is a matching tablerunner she plans to put on her bar, won't that be cute! Great decoration for the rest of this summer.

I used the new long arm machine for four of the tablerunners. It has been so much fun. Stitching in the ditch is still a goal with the long arm, it

seems very difficult, so for right now I revert back to my smaller machine for those projects.

Happy Stitching all...


PS: Happy Birthday cutest grandbaby in the world - not so much baby anymore, now cutest two year old in the world.


  1. Wow! Your bird of Paradise is amazing!!! You have really persisited and all the work really shows!!
    I love the table runners too. It is an easy way to decorate.
    Your gs is adorable!!

  2. Hello I am of patagonia Argentina and by chance encontre your blog and enamors to me with your works, and of your grandson, already I am following! congratulations by your works!

  3. Hi Veronica, so nice of you to comment on my blog. It is fun to meet people from around the world. Do you like to sew or make quilts?