Wednesday, May 15, 2013

It's For the Birds... Blue Birds!


Welcome & Thank You to Mary Winegar and Madamme Samm
for organizing and officiating this event! 

I'm sharing a Blue Bird table runner today.
The basic directions for making the table runner can be found several posts below.

Also... Hope you notice that I have a "Bird Series" tab above. 
Take a look...I love to do egrets and herons!

I made this runner as a birthday present for a sweet lady who
 loves beige and Blue Birds!
The runner can also be hung as a wall art panel.



The three blue bird sections are 8.5 X 11... 
Yep, you guessed it! I used my regular ink jet printer.
All you need to do is iron freezer paper on the back of the fabric,
carefully cut it to printer paper size, and then just feed it through fabric side down.

I chose pictures from a public domain site,
 making sure they predominately had a beige background.


Once I had the pictures printed on the fabric, I pulled
the paper off the back.
I stabilized the three pieces with a
 fusible interfacing on the back before 
doing the Thread Sketching of the birds.



I was pleased with the effect of the batik pattern showing as part of the background.


Having the photos of the birds showing made for easy thread sketching.
I also used fabric markers to emphasize some areas,
particularly the branches.



   
I then added the purple piping and finished off the backing/borders with mitered corners.
I also secured the whole runner by adding a decorative stitch
 in metallic gold along the seam lines
Metallic thread is easier to deal with if you use a metallic thread needle.
The eye is larger and the thread flows through more easily.

That's it!
Now travel on to the other blogs!

Crooked Gulley Art Quilts  *you are here


And...
Keep Stitchin' for the ones you love!
Hugs from,
 Mary


44 comments:

  1. Your work blows me away. Just beautiful. You were the first person to 'follow' my blog. I always appreciate that.

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  2. Wonderful work!!! I love your thread painting.

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  3. Stunning work Mary....your birds are beautiful...thread painting...never looked this good to my morning eyes

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  4. Stitching adds such wonderful details! great job.

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  5. What a beautiful gift! I love the way you work! Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Just beautiful! I love all of your thread painted projects!

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  7. You do such great work. Thanks for sharing your talent.

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  8. Lovely piece, Mary. The batik fabric backing them looks to be the perfect choice. I especially liked the subtlety of the last blue bird. You are so talented and obviously simpatico with your machine.

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  9. very well done. You have a talent that I do not have and it is wonderful.

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  10. Great job! I've never tried thread painting before.

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  11. So jealous of your talent. You certainly have a gift. The batiks work wonderful as a backdrop for your little feathered friends. Thanks for sharing your beautiful pieces.

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  12. I love how you created the birds and then added the stitching...your thread stitching is gorgeous! It made a beautiful table runner.

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  13. Your table runner is beautiful! Love the way you created it. Thank you for sharing.

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  14. Very pretty with lovely stitching. Also love the other tablerunner. Thanks for all the tips on how to print and the metallic needle. I love learning new things.

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  15. Beautiful bird blocks. I have heard about that method but have not tried it yet. Looks so pretty, I will have to give it a try.

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  16. Your thread painting is just gorgeous. That is such a lovely and calm looking piece. I'm sure your friend loved it.

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  17. I love your table runner. You friend should be very happy with it. Thank you so much for being part of this hop.

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  18. Your table runner is gorgeous, I would love one like that to, thanks for sharing.

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  19. What a beautiful table runner. The birds are great.

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  20. Such an elegant looking runner. Just stunning!

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  21. Lovely work. The birds are just wonderful.

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  22. What a fabulous runner!
    Thank you for sharing!

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  23. Beautiful! Great technique! I scrolled down and saw the Heron... amazing!!!
    Great job!

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  24. love your table runner, very well done

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  25. What a gorgeous table runner!

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  26. It is very beautiful. I am sure your friend will love it!

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  27. Your blue birds are gorgeous!

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  28. Very pretty! I love your bird's eye view too. :)

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  29. A great idea turned into a beautiful piece of art. Thanks for participating in the hop.

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  30. Hi!!! Great technique!!! Love the birds!!! Love love your kitty banner!!!!

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  31. Oh what a beautiful bird table runner. Really impressive.
    cheers
    maggie
    maggiemine42@gmail.com

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  32. That's a wonderful table runner; I love the bluebirds and you do fantastic thread painting.

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  33. I have never seen that technique, very cool.

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  34. I have never seen that technique, very cool.

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  35. I love that bluebird you did. Isn't it a robin? Anyway it is beautiful!

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  36. Yours is my absolute favorite today !

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  37. Stunning!!!! I'm having a hard enough describing this one. Thank you for shring it with us on this hop and I know your friend would be thrilled to receive it.

    Sincerely,
    Tricia

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