This is a very fun hop. The postings so far have been terrific and I have no doubt that the ones to follow will be just as wonderful and creative.
When this Hop was first posted I knew exactly what I was going to make. I had made my sister and my niece quilts with birds on them several years back and I swore that when I got some time I would make one for me. A perfect opportunity. We all know about the best laid plans.
In the mean time I participated in the “It’s All About Me” hop in late February. I was one of the extremely lucky winners of the Amy Bradley patterns and fabrics. Well one of the patterns is “Meet The Tweets”. Definitely love at first sight. Here are a couple of the little guys.
If you have never used an Amy Bradley pattern, you must. I have done fusible appliqué before but her step by baby step walk through and tips and wonderful pattern pieces made the whole process speedy and seamless. I managed to whip up this top in under a week and I work full time.
Wed night I pulled fabric from the stash and I traced all the pieces onto fusible and ironed them onto their fabric. Thur night I cut them all out and stacked them on their background squares ready to be put together. Friday night and on and off Saturday I ironed the pieces to the background and did the detail stitching. Sunday I put the blocks together and viola, the top was done. Good thing because on Wednesday I left on a trip and I needed Monday and Tuesday night to pack.
The only place I deviated from the instructions was the eyes. The eyes were supposed to be tiny little buttons. Since my quilt will be going to a 5 month old I thought that was a bad idea. My dilemma was how I was going to get that beady eyed look. I ended up using little paper lifesavers, you know the kind you used as a kid in a loose leaf book so the pages didn’t pull out. I stuck them to the face, really mashing them into the fabric the best I could and then filled in the hole with a black pigma pen. I gave it a few minutes to dry and then removed the life saver. My fear was that, that much ink would run, but as you can see, it didn’t.
I have done just very basic quilting in the ditch so far. I plan on going back and doing some echo quilting around the boys in the very near future, as soon as I have some free time and can decide if I can do it by machine vs. by hand.
Isn't this just the perfect backing for the guys.
Now I want to thank Madame Samm and Mary for the great jobs they have done in setting up and running this wonderful hop. I also want to thank Amy Bradley for the wonderful pattern.
You now need to fly off and visit all of the other contributors for today. For your continued convienence I have them listed below
Wednesday, May 8