Monday 6 March 2017

Secret Garden: Making Birdy

Here's my bird, all ready in fusible for his fabric selection..
These are how the fabrics look against my bloom fabrics. I really like these tones, I think they work so well. I'm very fond of the eyes as they are drawn on the pattern, but sometimes you see fussy cutting possibilities you simply cannot pass up. And so, my birdy has slightly different eyes to the pattern:
He's watching over the Garden
 This is the back of my bird shape
 and this is the range I incorporated along side Jardin Gris
 I find the tones slot in so well, it's a good addition to draw from 
 And these are my little birdy legs
 You don't have to turn edge them, but I am addicted to turn edging wherever possible
and yes, it's entirely possible, just make sure you clip 1/8 in and turn with a orange stick or manicure stick or whatever you call them in your part of the world.

I have seen 'applique sticks' made of metal retail for over $50, but I have never preferred anything over this nifty tool. It makes perfect clean edges and doesn't threaten to poke a hold in the fabric weave.

Image result for orange stick
Anyhow, these are my feet, pre-turning
and after turning
and that's my birdy done
Now to finish my block! I am this block and even as I make it, my mind turns to next month and the excitement of each new reveal.

“If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.” 


Welcome to this wonderful new Mystery BOM 

This very special applique Mystery BOM has launched!

Will you join me on this adventure?
The journey started February 1st, 2017
You can join right now
Digital pattern downloads are instant!
The BOM runs for 12 months
The pattern will be emailed to you directly each month
The finished quilt size is 80 x 80 inches


  1. Oh this is just beautiful. I love birds and your appliqué is so wonderful. What inspiration to even try something like this you have given me.

  2. Love that bird - especially the eye! The colors are very complimentary.

  3. I do traditional applique; either needle turn or with freezer paper. What are you padding with? Is your applique by machine? Thank you. Susan

  4. Esther I agree with you about the metal tools, I find they are too long and heavy. I've always used the manicure stick and have given many to my fellow applique aficionados to try. I have also found large cocktail/appy picks work well too. Thank you for these close up photos they are very helpful.


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