I had a lot of trepidation about how well this block might translate into a machine embroidered applique block. I say that because what I like the most about the block is the delicacy/intricacy of the swirl tail and the teardrops that spring from it. I wasn’t sure it would be possible to finish those edges without compromising some of that wonderful delicacy. I think it came out great, though! Here’s a closeup of the swirl tail and teardrops:
There is a very small rope cabling stitch that finishes those edges and I think it worked out so well. Sometimes it can be a real challenge to preserve the essence of a shape and also come up with an interesting edge finishing design! Here is a closeup of the flower section-this is from the Appli-K-Kutz “Poppies” die and the stem is one of the stems from the “Stylized Stems1″ die:
These birds are a bit different beyond just the tail feathers. Their bodies are finished with a dual edge stitch design that’s made up of scallops on the outside and crosses on the inside. Their headdresses are also different than the birds in Bird Block 1 as well:
I’m finishing up the quilting on a small quilt that uses Bird Block 1, Bird Block 2 and the feathered wreath block. It’s coming along really nicely and I hope to have some photos in a few days.
In the meantime, there are only about 24 hours left in our book and DVD sale! All DVDs and books by Patsy Thompson Designs are 15% off until 9 am EST tomorrow am (3/30/12). All you need to do to obtain the discount is enter “Spring” in the discount code box at checkout!
I have refreshing myself on your wonderful books, designs and videos. Thank you Patsy for making such great products and for sharing your teaching and free motion skills. I appreciate you, and it’s always happy times thumbing through your colorful designs, whether here or … elsewhere! Best to you ~
ria grand Says:
found your name on the yahoo sizzix group, and looked you up , and I have been watching and reading about you all afternoon and learnt so much
well done for such interesting and and inspiring ideas.
ria from london UK
vickie van dyken Says:
I love your colors and designs. I am a Fan Really love all the work I see here!!