OMG had I ever forgotten how to paper piece! it has been years since I did any and have never done much of it. I totally screwed up a couple birds and then finally on the last attempt for the day (yes by now I should have googled it) I ended up free style again – just cutting and sewing pieces together and did end up with a bird so that is what counts right? Now if any of you want to do Bird Brain there are plenty of patterns out there and in yesterdays comment there is a link to a free pattern on McCalls – the pattern is identical to the one I have except they embroider an eye on to it and it is smaller than mine – other wise I would print it out and use it. Mine is about 7 inches square the one on that site is 5×6 inches. My Bird Brain from last night and all the mess that went with it. (Before I forget – any recommendations on a good small iron? I don’t want anything pricey – I was looking on amazon and the reviews are such a mixed lot – some like some others don’t – I will be looking at Wal-Mart for sure! I don’t mind ordering one if it has good reviews but so far I haven’t seen any that over all most seem to like)
On the wall – I meant to make yesterdays bird as the ones in the left column are and ended up having it face the opposite direction. I’m not sure how many birds I will be making and what direction they will end up facing – who can tell – and yes I will keep the fat bird on the left top in the mix. I will probably have an uneven amount of which direction they are facing and maybe have them standing on brown sashing and narrow white sashing in between – but all that will be decided later for sure. I am linking to Esther’s Quilt Blog this evening and Julie and Linda’s Sew, Stitch, Snap Share.
Some of you mentioned my little block easel – I got the easel from Hobby Lobby some years ago – I think it was in the picture frame/poster area but I’m not positive –
here it is laying down so you can see the size if you want to try to find one.
I use a 12.5 inch sandpaper board that I put a piece of flannel over I can’t find the sandpaper board like this one that I bought years ago (I have 2 or 3 of them I think) but here is a link to one something like it.
and then sometimes if I want to make sure it all stays in place I use a 12.5 inch ruler over it.
I did get the right hand side of Murrieta Stars quilted on Sunday night and spritzed out the blue lines and then rolled the quilt down on Monday night to get started marking the next area – I start on the left and work my way to the right.
The area done on Sunday night
The whole length before I rolled it down. Linking to Sew Fresh Quilts today.
The area I will be marking – it might look like I could have rolled it down a little more but then it is too close the rail and can’t really quilt it well when it is tight to the rail so I always reach in a little – last time I quilted more of a depth than I normally do – I think I did about 5-6n inches this time it will be closer to 4-5 inches – I was reaching in a little too far to be comfortable,
The tree service is coming out this morning and working on the 4 trees next to the driveway – if the yard isn’t too wet and it doesn’t start to rain again they will tackle the big tree by the house – they need to drive a vehicle into the yard through the far side of the yard to collect all the tree branches they cut down. I’m afraid all of our decking and swing area has it kind of blocked in. It can get muddy at times so he will check it out first and see if they can do it or have to wait for it to dry out – we had an inch of rain yesterday morning.