Thursday, 23 March 2017

Bird 3 - Bluejay

I only did this one, today. It took almost 4 hours.
There were 5 shades of blue, 3 white plus black and grey, primarily regular thread and a little embroidery thread near the end to add a touch of sheen. I decided it really wasn't necessary for a lot of the early stitching and it is significantly more expensive.
A lot of twitch muscle work, small movements, so I had to take a lot of breaks.

I chose to do this fellow with out a hoop, ( just to shake things up a bit ) with a light interfacing, coloured, on a light stabilizer. Midway I added a heavier stabilizer because it began to distort a little too much.
coloured cartoon

Undercolour with serging thread

some white and black added

 This is now ready to "cut out" and stitch onto a background.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

More Birds

It's time to think about smaller things, both for my Sister's B&B and for the June sales. So I thought  I'd spend a few days assembling a flock of birds. I'm not thinking about how they will be mounted yet. For now I simply want to stitch them.
Between cleaning ( yes, sadly the mistress of the house has to do her own 😒) and a design consult for a friend, I finished two old friends, the Sand Piper and the hanging Chickadee.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Flying Geese - Final

Everybody is in place, they all have their cheek patches and their legs are secure.
I'll spend the rest of the day binding this cutie.
( and rubbing their bellies LOL )

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Flying Geese - Day 3

Except for a 2 hour skype with my sisters, I worked on this from 10 till 5. Long slow, careful day.

The three were joined at their intersections and the excess velour cut away.

Locating them on the quilt was not an issue, but, whereas their feet were originally on the same plain, the gradual distortion of the body placed them at different heights. While within a inch of each other I hadn't added that much additional fabric to compensate, so they were stitched separately, though they're all level to the lines of the quilt.

Friday, 17 March 2017

Flying Geese Quilt - Day 2

I decided yesterday I wanted something luscious for the bellies of the geese, something touchable. I found a lovely white velour at our local shop and went to work

As this applique is being finished off the quilt I spent some time quilting the velour onto batting and a light backing. Why all that? The dark colours of the quilt showed through. The addition of a small piece of old sheeting was the trick to make it opaque.

Adding the geese was a little more tricky. Stitching a piece of thin bias cut turned edge material over a quilted and plush background was slow work.

Even though I pinned I had to constantly adjust. So the geese are little fatter. haha!

I have two done.  Tomorrow should see the three on the quilt.