Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Garden Bouquet Quilt- Month 2: Part 2

The Saucy Bird


The tulip was standing pertly in the garden urn. It needed only the birds to complete the first block of the new Nancy Page garden bouquet quilt. And here’s the bird- a saucy one. One of these will be used on each of the twenty pieced and appliquéd blocks to be put in the quilt. So be sure, cautioned Nancy, to keep this pattern.

She suggested to her club members that they cut out the pattern as given in today’s paper and paste it in their Nancy Page Scrap Book. Then they would have it for future reference, along with the directions, at any time they might want it.

There are two birds in each block. The pattern for the other bird will be given next week. The club members were undecided whether to make all the birds alike or not. Nancy had three suggestions: Each pair of birds may differ, the colors used to depend upon the flower and its color.

Or each pair may be like every other pair. In that case, the urns and the birds would repeat themselves in coloring twenty times in the quilt. This will make for repetition of pattern and will set off the varied colors used in the flowers.

In making the birds for any one block it is possible to make them exactly alike as to coloring, or one may have a plain body and a figured wing while the other has a figured body and a plain wing.

The bills may be of different colors. So may the eyes. The eyes may be made of a small circle of cloth appliquéd or the eyes may be worked with satin stitch in fast colored cotton. The legs ought to be of darker color than the bills.

Bills and eyes had best be of plain, not figured material. So ought the legs. The bird may be lightly traced onto white material to use as a guide in appliquéing.

Trace the pattern as given today on stiff light-weight cardboard and then cut it out to use as a pattern. In laying cardboard on cloth be sure to allow a quarter-inch on all sides for turning raw edges under. Turn these under, baste and press. Then appliqué birds in place, using fine slanting, and invisible hemming stitches.


Follow the few simple steps for transferring your pattern to your material as described in Month 2 Part 1: The Tulip. I’ve chosen to make all my birds different but you can make them all look the same or any way that is pleasing to you.

Here’s my Saucy Bird!

Quick Links to:

Month 1: Beginning Instructions, Urn, and Basket Instructions

Month 2- Part 1: The Tulip

Hand Appliqué

Machine Appliqué

Alternate Method of Appliqué Tutorial

Biased Binding Tutorial

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