Apr 23 12
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: