little birdies

You might think I have a thing for birdies…. and you may be right. I like them ’cause they are cute! I recently made this little birdie as a gift:

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He was quick to make- I got the Joel Dewberry pattern from here and used some fabrics in a favourite combination of blues and browns.
He can be used as a pincushion or could even be filled with pot pourri if you wish.
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He has a cute little face!
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A new little birdie to our home is this little ceramic birdie given to me by a friend:
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I think he might fulfil a greeting role at our front door:
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He looks quite nice with the azalea, don’t you think?!
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And just to show a few other birdies around the house which have been kindly given to me:
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and of course, this blog’s mascot, which I also made:
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Have a good week!

Show and tell….

My local quilt group, Gatton Quilters, had our monthly get-together this past weekend, and there was lots of show-and-tell on offer!
Even though attendance was down, a lot of members were able to show their completed works- some finished at a recent weekend retreat.
Lyn showed how to put to good use her half-square triangle blocks we did as a group swap last year:
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She also showed a lovely table runner made from a kit purchased on a trip to Canada- both sides look good!
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Quite an unusual range of fabrics and some new techniques involved.

Val had this quilt top to show:
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and Marilyn also had a few items, these first two with great hand-stitching:
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Marilyn also completed this magnificent piece in a workshop with Jan Knight and recently had it framed: it was hard to get a good photo without a lot of reflection, so I have cropped some of the border off to try and minimise that:
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One good thing from these meetings is that you go home with lots of motivation for getting stuck into some sewing. No excuses….

Lollypop Trees Quilt- finished

Finishing a quilt after working on it for some time, even years, brings with it some happiness at the completion but also a little sense of loss when it goes off to its new home. I finally finished the Lollypop Trees quilt for my daughter that I have been working on for nearly four years. I was glad that I had a timeframe to work towards- in this case it was for her 21st birthday- but even though I overshot that by a year (!) if I didn’t have a specific reason for getting it finished, it may still be in the UFO pile.
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I started this quilt because I wanted to do some applique- my favourite types of quilts tend to be pieced quilts, but also because I saw this quilt online somewhere and fell in love with it. I loved all the colours and mix of patterns and textures, and it used Kaffe Fasset fabrics which I also love to use.
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So, here it is finished. I quilted it on my longarm in a simple pattern because I wanted the applique blocks to be the focus.
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I used a gold-coloured thread on most of the background and some monofilament thread on the applique trees. This was a difficult quilt for which to work out what would look best. I ideally would have liked to avoid quilting on the applique altogether but because that would have meant a large proportion of the quilt surface without any quilting on it, that wasn’t possible. So I used the monofilament thread to quilt an outline shape inside the larger leaves and circles, and just quilted around other pieces so the applique would pop.
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The backing fabric was also a Kaffe fabric.
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This quilt measures 94″ by 94″. It was so big that even hanging it on the clothesline, wound up to the highest it would go, didn’t lift it off the ground!
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My daughter took it home with her on the weekend. It was a long haul to get it finished, and I’m a little sad to see it go, but also very happy that I got to the end!
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getting caught up..

Just a catch-up time, the last week or so here at Little Birdie. I don’t have any new projects to show, but just a few photos to show what has been occupying my time!
On my spider-web quilt which I finished a couple of months ago, I realised that I hadn’t added a hanging sleeve, so thought I better get on that:
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And also a label – I always spend too much time thinking of what to put on it!
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Of course, then there is the lollypop quilt, which is in its final throes. The quilting is finished, so I have then tackled the trimming
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and making the binding for it. I decided to join together lots of lengths cut from the same bright fabrics used in the blocks. All joined together to make a length to fit around this huge 94″ square quilt.
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The binding just has to be sewn on, and then I’ll have to put some thought into its label too!
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And another thing I’be been working on is some drawing and watercolour painting – here is a sketch of our last roses from the garden before the bushes were pruned last week.
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I find sketching is good practise for really looking at things- at their proportions, their colour values in different light- and mixing paints to get the right hue also makes you really think about colour!
So, what have you been working on?!