“The reason birds can fly and we can’t is simply because they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings.”
― J.M. Barrie, The Little White Bird
For this month’s pillow, I have taken my inspiration from Diane Gaudynski’s Guide to Machine Quilting. I have owned this excellent, comprehensive book for many a year.
Diane is a very talented award winning quilter and I admire her work very much!
You can find lots of eye candy and free motion quilting tips on Diane’s blog!
Diane is an elegant, traditional quilter and uses lots of feathers and echo quilting. I saw this feather on page 69:
And on page 31 of Diane’s book:
I drew a version of it with a blue marker on a white tone-on-tone cotton fabric (I would have used silk, or sateen, if I had any, but couldn’t find any in my stash of fabrics.)
The ‘J’ is the initial of the name of a good friend to whom I will be giving this pillow.
A layer of batting is stitched with water soluble thread, and then carefully trimmed.
I wish I were better at taking photos, especially of white on white!
Since my friend likes pink, I am using a 40 weight pink variegated Aurifil thread for the feathers and the letter. The rest of the wholecloth quilting is done with 50 weight white Aurifil thread.
You can begin to see the texture forming!
Finished and washed:
Like the other pillows that I have been making, this one is simple with a covered zipper.
I participated in QuiltShopGal’s 2012 Free Motion Quilting Challenge, so it would’ve been fun for me to repeat Diane’s lesson and compare the ‘then and now’. I may do that yet. However, I am doing Option 2 from this year’s Free Motion Quilting Challenge, and I will be linking up over there.
The Flycatcher Babies are Hatched!
For the third year in a row, the western flycatchers have chosen to nest next to the front door to the house.
I love that they trust us enough to come back year after year.
I love watching the little family grow.
The parents built up the nest:
There will be four siblings this year:
This month’s pillow is for my second granddaughter.
I used Cindy Needham’s Ultimate circle stencil to create a guide to free motion quilt.
I didn’t want to use the larger circles, but I did start marking one by mistake. Oops.
After marking the lines from the stencil that I needed, it is simply a matter of ‘connecting the dots’, in my case, for petals.
Then it got complicated. I had drawn s0 many lines that I really needed to concentrate on which ones that I was going to quilt on.
I thought it easiest for me to outline stitch the lines that I needed, and fill them in later.
I hadn’t decided how I wanted to fill the petals, so I quilted the centers and the background first.
Now we are getting somewhere! Love the texture!
I used Wonderfil Invisifil 100 wt. to outline stitch the letter and the ladybug. Aurifil variegated 40 wt. was used to free motion quilt the flowers, and Aurifil 50 wt. was used for the background stitching, as well as appliqueing the letter.
The finished pillow:
Just a simple covered zipper backing:
I didn’t think that I would make it this month, but here it is the last day of the month, and I can still link up to QuiltShopGal’s May free motion quilting pillow challenge. Yay! I chose Option #1.
Be sure to check out Cindy Needham’s website and blog. She is a fabulous quilter and teacher!
Hubby took his little pocket camera out to the garden and I thought I would share a few of his finds with you.
This little fella was very willing to pose.
He is only about 2 inches in size, and oh, so cute!
Lots of his friends and relatives live here, and I am happy to see them!
These photos are all of the same little guy; I just couldn’t decide which pose to share, so I’m sharing several.
The next photo looks like Autumn, but it is indeed a red maple in spring.
The peonies are showing a gorgeous blush!
And the bees are happily buzzing and gathering around the allium.
*Clicking on any photo will show an enlarged view.
Back in January, I wrote about joining Ali Edwards’ One Little Word class.
I chose Joy for my word of the year.
February’s assignment was to create a vision board. Yes folks, I completed February’s assignment in April, and am just now posting about it.
Better late than never!
This does not mean that I haven’t been learning about my chosen word, or applying what I have been learning to my life.
I’m just slow getting assignments done. That’s all.
The assignment was to create one board, but I was having so much fun, I created two! It has been a long, long time since I played with paper and glue. I had forgotten how enjoyable it is.
I found the time that I spent cutting pictures and words from magazines, then gluing into a collage, creative and relaxing.
There is the emotional and spiritual aspects of such an assignment, and I take those seriously, but for the moment:
It is good just to be a kid again!