Better late than never right ? I have so much Christmas fabric that I love, Love, love... and I never use it :( This year I decided things would be different.... and they were -- just a little late for Christmas. This afternoon I finished up
"Redbird Christmas" pillow.
I started with my "Family Tree Quilted Envelope Pillow" tutorial posted here on the Moda Bake Shop, designed a new applique center, and re-used my pillow insert.
The final finish of 2013.
I used hand dyed wool from a sorta Local Quilt Shop and some very old Holly Taylor fabric with a little Judie Rothermel and Blackbird Design fabrics mixed in. For the pillow front, I cut my own 2.5" strips from yardage and it worked out perfectly.
I used Valdani 12Wt Pearle cotton to hand stitch the wool applique and Aurifil Mako 50Wt Cotton for the piecing, cotton applique, and machine quilting -- LOVE these threads!!
I quilted it with my Janome Horizon using a Queen Supreme Slider, Machingers gloves and lots of patience ;)
As you can see - I added a little stuffing to the bird and the tree -- makes quilting it a little more of a challenge but I just LOVE the dimension that it adds. What do you think ?
For the back I used the same Holly Taylor fabric from my stash -- it sure feels good to use up some fabric.
(Rarely happens... ha ha ha).
If you're interested in the template for the tree and/or the bird leave me a comment, I'll package it into a PDF and attach it to my sidebar to download.
Thank you all so much and have a wonderful New Year!
2014 Can you believe it ?
Bring it On!!
Off to celebrate my "little" brothers 50th Birthday -- he turns 50 tomorrow --
A New Years' Baby...
Hugs to all,
Happy New Year!