Mar 29 12

Bird Block 2-the Machine Embroidered Version

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!

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7 Comments

  1. Doreen Says:

    The finishing embroidery worked out so well. Know what you mean when it comes to doing some fancy work on those types of pieces. Nothing compromised there!!! Love it! Hugs, Doreen

  2. Elsie Montgomery Says:

    Wonderful! My local shop has been working on me to get an embroidery machine (I have five machines now) but I think you are a far better sales person – without even trying!

    lovely block!

  3. Kay Lynne Says:

    The blocks look great! The bright colors are so cheerful :) Wishing you a wonderful week!

  4. Debbie Dolan Says:

    Patsy
    I love your machine embroidery-I’m going to purchase the feather wreath but I can’t wait for you to put the embroidery files for the birds,tulips and stems in the store. They are my favorites.

  5. Leslie McNeil Says:

    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 ~

  6. 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

  7. vickie van dyken Says:

    I love your colors and designs. I am a Fan :) Really love all the work I see here!!