Mar 23 11
I finally finished the very last panel on my sampler quilt and it features 4 birds:
I really like the way it came out and can’t wait to attach it to the rest of the quilt. But first, I wanted to show the steps in basic bird building. Excuse the colors in the photos that follow; I had a lot of trouble replicating the actual quilt colors and the photo above comes the closest (but it isn’t quite right, either.) You start off with the basic bird shape:
And that takes care of the two birds that will “kiss” in the center of the panel. It’s amazing to me just how much of a “wow factor” something as simple as a swirl can add to an applique motif! And now we move on to the second pair of birds. These are simpler birds, but cool nonetheless. To start, we have a basic bird in blue:
And now let’s make this bird into something kind of swish by adding an intricate headdress. This headdress is simple to make because all you do is cut the tail swirl from the first bird and then snip off one portion:
So much fun, and so gratifying! The die to cut these birds will be available soon!