At our August guild meetings we have a pot luck dinner for members and their families and a challange with prizes that go to the ones voted the best. This year it was a 16 inch square mini quilt, that would be used on our mini quilt display that is displayed monthly through out the area to retirement homes and other facilities.
I decided to make this little piece I had taken a picture of it and stashed it away in my binder of future to make ideas. Simple appliqués and some hand stitching on their little bodies and button eyes.
I like the results, just some pulling the thread ends to the back tying them and hiding them in the batting. I do not like machine knotting them as it leaves a big lump on the back.
Then green stems, flowers and leaves. Great use of all those fancy stitches on my machine that one rarely uses. I was really impressed with how well they worked for me.
And a finish! Well not completely, but just a bit of quilting on the borders and binding it, adding a sleeve and label. But, lots of fun to make.Our praying mantis babies are growing up. A few weeks ago we had one little guy just barely an inch. Yesterday my husband found another, but double or more in size. This guy looks to be maybe three inches long. It dropped by to visit, so we quickly snapped a photo and transferred it to one of our mini citrus trees.
What a cute mini quilt! Great use of your decorative stitches, as that grassy flower area turned out beautifully.ReplyDelete
I love your little bird mini! The birds are cute, and the grasses and flowers below are really pretty. So neat to see the praying mantis! We had one that lived in one of my flower gardens last year, and we even saw her mating with a male, so hope she laid eggs in there somewhere. So far have never seen amy babies, though.ReplyDelete
Like the birds quilt...so cute!
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Oh the mantis is so cute, as is your bird mini!ReplyDelete
This is sew adorable! Thank you for showing how you made this and for sharing in the weekly to-do links ... :) PatReplyDelete
Your work is most beautiful.ReplyDelete
Love the praying mantis. Beautiful and good to see they are thriving.
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Your bird quilt is lovely - and to think you made it from a picture! Wow!ReplyDelete
what a beautiful mini quilt.ReplyDelete
That is some fun stitching and we love little, and big, mantisesReplyDelete
Love your mini! So very cute. And you're right, it let you use all those machine stitches we hardly ever get to use. So clever of you and your design! Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss.ReplyDelete
What a sweet wall hanging you are working on!!ReplyDelete
Your lovely mini quilt is gorgeous, pretty little birds and great use of some fancy stitches. You are right, how often do most of us even consider using the fancycstitches on offer?ReplyDelete
More fabulous needlework! So lovely to see :) and the little guy is just adorable.ReplyDelete
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What an adorable mini - the quilt and the mantis.ReplyDelete
Love your birds!ReplyDelete
This one is so great! I like all the fancy stitches you did - they make it look so real!ReplyDelete
Lovely birds, and you did a great work with the flowers and grass.ReplyDelete
oh, I love it!ReplyDelete
using your sewing machine for embroidery is so clever!
my guild is organizing an exhibition in september. the theme is "l'envolée" (flying), would you allow me to copy your bird quilt pattern?
Muriel la Française
The bird mini is adorable. Great use of the decorative machine stitches!ReplyDelete
So lovely!!! Birds and grass are great!!!ReplyDelete
That is such a darn cute mini quilt! You used your fancy stitches perfectly!!! Makes me want to try something like that although I don't know much about that kind of quilt. The birdies were the cutest little fatties too. So sweet!ReplyDelete
Love the birdies mini. You did a great job on the grassy part too. Happy stitching this week.ReplyDelete
This is both adorable and beautiful. I've been on this bird kick lately. Thank you for linking up to Put your foot down.ReplyDelete
I really love your birds! Very cool effect stitching in the grassy area. I love praying mantis.ReplyDelete
Lovely little birds, and you had a great inspiration to use your machine decorative stitches.ReplyDelete
Cute baby praying mantis!
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