Birds & Branches started out as a fun, monochromatic exercise one April afternoon and blossomed into a celebration of avian splendor in every color of the rainbow. As I paint, I imagine the secret lives of these jewel-toned birds, because just like us, each one is an individual. Has Sergio alighted on this branch on his way to aerial tango lessons? Does Olga question the wisdom of indulging in one last juicy, golden berry? Henri is clearly going to a poetry reading in his jaunty beret, and as for the rest, I guess we’ll never know for sure—but we can always have fun imagining their colorful lives!
This collection illustrates a beautiful early morning walk in the woods, when the newly damp air is greeted by waves of dancing mushroom blooms and graceful garden snails. The collection was named after the small wonders under the timber trees.
Be inspired! Take a tour of our October ’14 Quilt Market booth.
Designer Elizabeth Olwen shares more of her talents with this brilliant Grey Abbey Look Book – so many inspirational images! Enjoy!
A pile of pillows is all that’s required. Milk and cookies is just icing on the cake!
This jumbo square (the green variety of foam) which measures 24″ x 24″ x 6″ was a find at Joann’s and with the discount coupon was a great bargain. It’s light enough for a little guy to tug around – especially with the help of a handle on the side. Double sided in Moon & Sun with Midnight Sky around the edges and Branches as handles and piping, it just invites the kiddies to dive on it.
Catherine, who sewed all these wonderful items, said it was a struggle to get the cushion into the case, which is hand sewn on (not removable)- but perhaps a nice long hidden zip the full width of a side would have made it much simpler- and certainly easier to clean should the need arise.
We topped it with a couple of pillows in Branches and Woolen Blanket. The ruffles add a touch of whimsy… even this little action hero dude can’t deny they’re fun.
Making ruffles without a gathering foot: Cut your pre-measured strips. Set your machine to baste- or hand baste- 1/4″ from the edge of the fabric, leaving about 3-4″ of loose ends. Then go back and baste another row about 3/8″ from edge of fabric. While holding the end of the loose threads, pull the other ends (at same time) and using your fingers of the same hand, push the fabric back to create gathers until you’ve reached your desired length. Once there, tie off the ends so the ruffle doesn’t undo itself. Evenly distribute the gathers and pin every few inches to keep it from sliding around. Go back to your machine with a regular stitch and sew through all the puckers 1/4″ from edge, over the basting. Then go back and stitch again on the 3/8″ mark.
This tiny accent pillow project can be easily adapted to any size pillow form. This form is 10 x 16, but it is not a common size, so we’ve omitted exact measurements and rather, gave approximates and proportions. This went together VERY easily. No fusing was used for the appliqué, but it would be a great help for this.
Sunny Bunny | Sky on the side panels and for the entire backSolid Sky on the center panelCrumbs | Grass for the initial
- Initial is about 1/3 the width of the finished pillow case.
- If your case will measure 13″ w, then make the letter approx. 4.5″ w. Use your judgement on height/width depending on the font and shape of the letter.
- Center Panel is about twice as wide as the side panels. Add 1/2″ seam allowance to ALL sides of all panels, which equals 1″ total to height and width.
- For 13″ w (finished), the center panel may measure 6.5″ w x 13″ h (finished), therefore cut pieces would be plus 1″ seam allowance = 7.5″ w x 14″ h.
- Side Panels (cut 2) would be 1/4″ of the width each.
- That would make them 3.25″ w x 13″ h (finished), the cut pieces would be 4.25″ w x 14″ h…. still with me??! Almost done with the math portion!
- Back Panel is the exact width of the final pillow case, only add 1/2″ seam allowance to ALL sides.
- 14″ w x 14″ h.
- Back Flap is 5″ wide and as high as the Back Panel piece.
- 5″ w x 14″ h.
*It would be best to test this on two thickness of scrap flannel before doing it on your project. Tensions, stitch width, etc. can all vary, so test it with your machine first until you’re satisfied with the results.
4. Next, attach the Side Panels to the Center Panel one on each side. Press the seams out flat.