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Whole Cloth Birds

on Oct 6, 2011 in Blog, blogging others, quilting, tutorial | 4 comments

inspired by Green Fairy Quilts

In the midst of all this worky-work, I decided to take a morning for myself to exhale a bit. So I wanted to sew something. I suppose that is kinda strange when you consider work is VERY sew-oriented. BUT anywhoo- taking a break, surfing the web, drawing a bird, practicing a quilt style.

So check this out- Do you guys read Green Fairy Quilts?? Thanks to Pinterest, I do. Someone pinned one of her quilted quilts and I was just hooked. And it looks like I found the blog right at the right time because she had recently posted this AH-MAZING how-to video on making a Dragonfly Motif in quilting. Holy smokes. She’s got skills! I’ll link you to her video.

I really liked the dragonfly, but alas, I have no dragonfly fabrics. I do have a few birds on a few pieces of that Capri Fabric from Northcott, though. I used that as the inspiration to draw a similar, larger bird onto cardstock for tracing. {side note:? I traced the shape with this super cool FriXion Pen by Pilot. It is heat sensitive, so after you are done with your lines, just put the iron over the ink and it disappears immediately. It is unreal!}

Here’s my bird image, should you want to click it and download the PDF image. You can change the scale when printing and have all sorts of birds on your design, if you give it a go.

I had never considered wildly mixing the background fillers, but Judi suggested it and I totally did it. Of course, I need a TON of practice, but it was so liberating to try! There’s pebbles, swirls, stacked eye looking things… all sorts of stuff going on. I worked on it for about 2 1/2 hours and quilted it on my home machine- Elna 3007. It was nice to make something that didn’t have to turn out a certain way. Just start quilting and see where it goes. Does it matter that it’s a showcase in a variety of stitch lengths- nope. Does it matter that any which way you hold the piece, two birds will be upside down- nope. Just fun to make.

I have 5 birds on a 17″ square. Who knows what I’ll do with the square. It could be wall-hanging-able or it could go into a throw pillow or who knows what… It was just nice to have a morning off from the preparing-for-market frenzy.

Thank you, Judi at Green Fairy– that was just what I needed!



  1. I am totally doing this! Amazing! 🙂

    Kit Lang

    October 6, 2011

  2. Talk about skills, your work looks wonderful. The birds are fantastic as well as the background. I also am totally in love with the dragonfly.


    October 6, 2011

  3. I am so totally trying this – I love your bird design, thank you for the pdf

    What Comes Next?

    October 16, 2011

  4. Ohh this is beautiful! ( I have seen that youtube video of the dragonfly, and wondered what motif I would come up with? Your bird “rocks” ) Mixing background fillers… who’d of thought?? Thank You, Thank You for the inspiration!


    February 1, 2012


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