Saturday, February 25, 2012


A Bird & Blooms

It looked much better in my mind than it does in reality.


  I'm going to re-visit this idea in the future to try to get closer to what I visualise in the ole noggin.

I printed off some fabric pieces and pulled some selvages.
One of the fabrics is a purchased print, the others are all printed with my printer.



I wanted a black and white background with subtle colors smattered throughout.  I think some of the printed fabrics are a bit too dark for my thread painted swirl flowers. I thought my selvages would work well for the smattering of color part and for the most part I am happy with that bit...with some improvement next time.

I sewed strips of the background fabrics and added selvages here and there and did fusible raw edge applique for my bird.

Then some thread painting for my swirl flowers.


This piece was to go into a frame that Dad made a while back, so I just stay-stitched the edges.


Oh for goodness sake, don't I ever dust my walking foot?!


That's a bit better.  I'm always telling myself I'll clean everything after this project.  Then I just start sending the new project through....I forget.

Anyway, for now and until I get a chance to play with this thought again, it is what it is.



Get ta stitchin'!
Annie

26 comments:

Ramona said...

I love it and have been looking for an idea to put around the edges of the Vignette in Stitches quilt (as I seem to be horribly slow at the embroidery portion!!). I really want to try out that fabric printing as I love those newspapers and old style writing which was so cute against the very modern fabric used for your bird - very clever!

carol said...

Wonderful, but I really had to look for the flowers until I read your blog. You could make wilder flowers too, you know.....but maybe not. You surely don't want to "take away" from that cute birdy!

Createology said...

Your little birdie composition is precious and makes me smile. Blissful...

Rachel said...

Annie, LOVE the birdie! love the whole thing. So pretty!!

Анна said...

Шикарная птичка! Очень понравилась! И цветы! Здорово!

Mrs.Pickles said...

I think it is very very nice! great job

Cindy said...

It looks great. I'd love to see what is in your head....it must be fantastic.

stitchedbyme said...

I love the little bird! I really like the unique background, too. I think it is great that you are printing fabric, that is on my must do list. Keep creating and you will find new ways to make less noticeable features stand out.
~June

Nancy D. said...

So creative! I think it looks great. Fun printed fabrics too. I've never really thought about that before - just pictures is what I've printed on fabric.

Lapplisor said...

I've never printed on cloth -
it looks interesting.
A cute result with the little bird.
♥ڿڰۣ♥ಌڿڰۣ«ಌ♥ڿڰۣ«ಌ♥ڿڰۣ«ಌ♥
Happy stitching
♥☼♥Barbara♥☼♥

- thank you for your nice comment

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Not sure what block you are looking at, I LOVE it!!

Anita said...

I think this came out great! Love the contrast with the bird and background fabric.

Madame Samm said...

I think this is very tweet ....another pillow to be?

Elsa said...

Love Jane's comment and I feel the same way ~ lovely bird ~ the whole thing is wonderful!

Silvana (aka Silort ) said...

I fell In love with this Mini! Awesome fabrics ódio the BIRD and fantástic printed background! looooove everything!

waggonswest said...

Beautiful. I like the idea of printing the fabric with text. There is a lot to explore there.

Did you use a twin needle on your swirl flowers or are you that incredibly steady with your thread painting? Wow! They are amazing.

Snoodles said...

Incredible fabrics....I love how you put the selvages and the created fabric together. The little bird couldn't possibly be any cuter, well, at least I don't think so. Makes me wonder what is in your head!
Seriously, I have had that happen before...you design something in your head and then can't get quite what you want, on the fabric! LOL

Rene' said...

I don't know what you originally envisioned, but this is lovely!!!!

Judy D in WA said...

I think this is pretty fabulous! That little bird is adorable.

Lesley said...

Your little blue bird of happiness looks amazing perched on your creation. Is there anything that you can't do? Thanks for sharing!

StitchinByTheLake said...

Annie you just throw that out there..."printed off some fabric"...like it was super easy! Have you done a post on this that I missed? Or worse yet, have forgotten? Maybe I'm having a senior moment? Please explain! blessings, marlene

Katherine said...

Love that you printed your own fabric, Annie. I love the layered look of this piece, very cool!

storybeader said...

I think it turned out adorable! You said you printed off some fabric pieces? Hmmmm... I see the printed fabric - thought it came like that! {:-Deb

sheila 77 said...

Great colourful bird and wonderful printed background. Very inspirational ... and maybe wacky?

Scrapbook-ChickADoodle said...

love this!
I'm new at quilting and would like to know if you have a tut on printing your own fabric.

pinsandneedles said...

Love the idea of fabric printing, Annie! Oh no, another new technique to learn. There just isn't enough time :D