Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Bird Stitchery #1: Making the Bird Pop

Our little bird quilt top is complete. Yet he feels incomplete, unfulfilled, like a bird without a country. What does he need? Why some stitching of course! But first the fused quilt top is placed onto the non-scrim side of the batting. Then we steam set the living daylights out of it.
About 10 seconds of steam across every inch of the top will set the fusible glue and make it easy to hand stitch. It also give the bird a much needed facial.
Selecting a size 12 pearl cotton thread in the brightest orange I can find without blinding the viewer, I apply the Outline or Stem Stitch just around the outside of the little bird. This way the bird pops out from the background fabric and appears to have a very neat profile.

Please return tomorrow for more stitching and popping.

3 comments:

Mrs. Sew and Sew - Karen said...

What a difference the stitching makes! I can't wait to see tomorrows post. Cute little bird.

Anonymous said...

Who doesn't need a facial... But I'll opt for another variety, without fusible glue and steam from an iron ;-)
Birdie seemed fine with though.

/Lisaa

Cherie in St Louis said...

I just glanced at the post title and at first thought it said, "Making the Bird Poop". Thank you for a morning laugh :)