Monday, March 23, 2015

The Last Bird

The final bird on Enchantment just needs to have an eye stitched on and then she is finished.  I have really been neglectful of this project and feel like I need to get motivated to give it more attention.  I covered the wing with size 8 pearl cotton in a cast-on stitch, tail feathers are outlined with back stitch and wheat ear stitch down the center of each with silken pearl #5.  The beak is satin stitched with pearl cotton #8 and bullion stitches in silken pearl #5 for legs.

My plan is to finish a set of leaves, then a flower, leaves, flower, etc. until they are all done.

While ignoring Enchantment, I was busy making this tuffet that is 12" tall and 18" in diameter.  I used a jelly roll of Kaffe fabrics and painted the legs purple (confession - my husband painted the legs).  A tuffet class was offered at Elaine's Quilt Shop and my husband bought the class for me as a Christmas gift.  I had to reschedule twice and was so excited when the date arrived.  The first class was devoted to sewing the strips onto muslin foundations to make a wedge shape and then we were sent home to make 7 more wedges.  Two weeks later we returned for the "upholstery" portion of the class and went home with a finished project.

The teachers were excellent with easy to follow instructions, helpful hints, hands-on help and all the materials necessary.  There was quite an assortment of fabric themes and they all turned out beautiful.  If you love the tuffet I suggest taking a class rather than trying it yourself.

I just couldn't resist and bought 2 more upholstery kits.  Oh, Enchantment.................. don't let me put you aside again.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Enchantment - Bird 5

The 5th bird on my Enchantment quilt is finished!  The bird's body is silk with a batik cotton wing and felted wool tail.  Cast-on stitches in Valdani #8 Pearl Cotton decorate the tail feathers along with bullion stitches, colonial knots and fly stitch in Thread Gatherer Silken Pearl #5.  The beak is satin stitch in pearl cotton, fly stitch decorates his chest and the outline is Thread Gatherer Sea Grass.

The orange eye bead was hand-made by my sister, Lynda, and the addition of 3 pistil stitches give him a rather surprised look.

I've been thinking about bird #6 for a few days .... choosing colors and stitches.  Isn't surprising how plain they are before adding a few stitches?  I can't wait to get my needle busy and see what happens.

Here is "before" and I hope to share "after" in a few days.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Another Enchantment Bird

I just love this little bird appliqued with red silk my friend brought from India, a batik wing and wool tail. Valdani pearl cotton 8 was used to satin stitch the beak and tet le boef on the tail feathers with cast-on around the wing, drizzles on the head and bullion legs in Thread Gatherer silken pearl 5.  I think the bead eye is perfect.

Only 2 birds left to finish.  It's snowing today, giving me a good excuse to sit by the fireplace and stitch.

If you read this blog regularly, you will know that I love the Australian style of quilt making and especially the Material Obsession store.  Take 5 minutes and click Here to watch a short video. This looks like such a fun day!  It took about 10 minutes for my computer to load the video, just enough time to choose the bead for the bird's eye, then I played it through again without stops.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Back to Enchantment.

Another bird finished and 3 more to go.  My Enchantment project was set aside for a few months but it has reached "priority" status once again.

Last week I had class at my home and also taught Crazy For Embellishment at American Quilting.  The past few days have been spent writing a pattern and making kits for my MugWump block.  Next month I will be teaching this project at the American Quilting Retreat and I need to get the kits mailed out.  Students will finish the applique prior to the retreat so we can devote class time to embellishing with 12 fun embroidery stitches.

 I made my MugWump block into a notebook cover but it could be sewn into a variety of projects.

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