Apr 23 12

An Actual Blog Post!

In case you’re wondering what I’ve been up to…I’ve been embroidering bird blocks!!!

These don’t even represent all of the blocks I’ve embroidered, but I have to say that one certainly does generate an awful lot of blocks when developing a machine embroidered applique design!  I just finished quilting a wall hanging that used up a few other “experimental” bird blocks.  I don’t have a good photo of it but here it lays on the living room floor:

I’ll get a nicer shot once it’s been bound and can actually be hung on a wall to be photographed.  This one is made of samples of bird block 1, bird block 2, and the 11 1/2 inch feathered wreath.  These first shots are from one of the bird block 1 blocks.  First up is one of the birds:


I’m head over heels in love with those voluptuous tail feathers!  Here’s a shot of a tulip set…these are made using the Tulips die and the Stylized Stems #2 die.  This stem shape is a new die that will be available in the shop later this week.  It does many other things besides act as a stem shape, but I digress…

The background of all the blocks is quilted with the “rudimentary” version of the “plumify it” quilting design.  Here’s a shot of one of the sample blocks for Bird Block 2:


…and here’s a closeup of this second type of bird that sports a swirl tail instead of the tail feathers:


The center block is a feathered wreath, which I love, love, love!


You don’t really notice it unless it’s pointed out, but the wreath has one color of plumes on the inside and a different color of plumes on the outside.  I’m finding it’s a subtle way to jazz things up just a bit.  It’s more obvious in this closeup:


And not to be left out of the mix is bird block 3:

Woo-hoo, they keep getting better!  Right now, bird blocks 1 and 3 are tied for my favorites…sorry bird block 2! Unless something unforeseen happens, I believe that bird block 1 and bird block 3 will go on sale this week in out online store. We’ll also have a new video tutorial showing how easy it is to create these bird blocks through multiple hoopings that line up like buttah! Oh, and did I mention a give away?!!  Keep checking back for breaking news!

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6 Comments

  1. Martha Says:

    All the blocks are beautiful, hard to pick a favorite!! I do love the tulips too!! :^)

  2. Kelly Jackson Says:

    Oh you certainly have been having a good time…I love your blocks. The ME disease is so catchy….I’m telling you it spreads quicker than I ever thought it would :)

    Can’t wait to see the tutorials!

    Smiles,
    Kelly

  3. Debbie St. Germain Says:

    I just love the stitching you do on your pieces. Between the designs, fabrics and stitching, your pieces are gorgeous.

    Debbie

  4. sallybramald Says:

    Patsy, you have excelled yourself! These are stunning, amazing, wonderful, lovely, gorgeous, fabulous. Need I say more.

  5. Louise Says:

    Love the embroidery using die pieces – have to get the new birds! – would love to see floral circles for big majestic hoops. Thanks so much.

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