Friday, July 11, 2008

another birdy block

i decided to work on my common threads block-o'-the-month today. i wanted a quick project that i could finish in one day and since everyone's been posting such fabulous blocks, i decided i needed to make mine before someone else had the same idea! here's how it turned out:

i loved the leafy ribbon melissa used to tie the bundle together, so i decided to incorporate it into my block (hmmm.... hope it's washable!)

and lotta's printing book has been inspiring me lately, so i wanted to do some printing/painting on this block. i traced the bird pattern onto freezer paper and then used that to stencil the bird onto the dark gray fabric. the tail kind of blends into the gray and his head might be a little too close to the seam, but.... other than that i'm pretty happy with the way this block turned out. maybe next time i try printing, i'll do something a bit less literal.... i do like the way the scattering of "birdseed" turned out on the white fabric.

(oh, and i also got the selvedge dots on my cut of the bird fabric and couldn't resist incorporating them into the design!)

thanks for the fun fabric, melissa!

8 comments:

Lunden said...

Get out of town - this is awesome. Love it!

One Shabby Chick said...

This is so great!! I love the printed bird!

Minka's Studio said...

I love the selvedge dots!

Oiyi said...

The painted/printed bird is awesome!

Karen said...

Love the block and espically how you incorporated the coordinating color dots, or whatever they're called. Ingenious!

Nikki Schreiner said...

Wow, the selvage dots are a very cool idea. How do you make the painted bird washable?

abcgirl said...

I used special fabric paint. I've used it on other projects before and it washes with no problem.

bettyninja said...

Love the incorporation of several extra little bits. Smart idea to use some of that ribbon. And I love your experiment with the printing on fabric. I am very interested in that too.