Friday, 12 August 2011

Bird Of Paradise - Finished !

The good thing about having lots of projects on the go at once means - lots of finsihes one after the other.

I'm a happy bunny today because I've finished my Bird of Paradise and am so pleased with how it turned out.  All the applique was done by hand as was the embroidery on the bird.

I machine quilted the background and the borders and only machine quilted the birds plumage very lightly.

Close up of machine quilted feathers on 'feathers'

You can see in this photo that I echoed the flower in the background pattern.
Close up of hand embroidery.  Feather stitch using DMC stranded cottons.

Flower detail. Click on photos for extra close ups

I'll be keeping this one for myself for a while.  I feel as if I am making progress with the machine quilting but I still have 'bad' days.  I broke 3 needles making this. Perseverance and patience work wonders!

Today I was working on blocks for an exchange I am taking part in although I can't show you them  - yet.  They are looking good and I hope the ladies like them.
My iron broke  today also - so first on the shopping list tomorrow is a new one.  Just can't quilt without one!
Have a great weekend what ever you are doing.  I plan to sew.
Happy Stitching.


free indeed said...

What marvelous work you did on that bird of paradise! I like the echo flowers in the background you did too...good idea to keep things flowing.

Cherry Red Quilter said...

Oh my goodness - this is nifty indeed - absolutely goegeous and the details are wonderful!

Jamie Lee said...

That is one beautiful bird!

Ivory Spring said...


That is a phenomenal quilt!!!!!

Maggi said...


Tonya said...

I have just found you via Paul the outnumbered quilter. Wow this is absolutely stunning!! I am very amazed at your work and I am so glad that he shared!

The Nifty Stitcher said...

Thank you every one for your great comments.

Connie said...

This has turned out so beautiful! Fantastic work!

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