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April 17, 2014
Which Piece Goes Where?? from Simple Bird Applique

One of the most challenging things about applique is determining which order to glue (and stitch) pieces to the background.   Some blocks are easier than others to figure out.  This block was not one of them!  Here is how I tackled the “Xebec” block from Sue Garman’s “Ladies of the Sea”…

Since the seam allowances on the black part of the hull were going to be completely covered by other pieces, there was no need to prep the edges.  But I did draw the seam allowance on the front of the piece, just to make sure everything was going ...

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April 6, 2014
First Border On! from Simple Bird Applique

Last Wednesday evening I finished stitching all I could on the first border of Sue Garman’s “Friends of Baltimore”.  I filled the sink with hot soapy water and let the border soak for a while.  I use hot water because I think the glue and starch soften quicker in hot water…maybe it does, maybe it doesn’t, but that is just what I do!  Next, I like to use Soak in the water, but if I don’t have any Soak on hand, I use dish soap.


I normally let it soak for an hour or two.  When ...

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March 24, 2014
Inking a Goose… from Simple Bird Applique

Just when I thought I was almost finished the first border of Sue Garman’s “Friends of Baltimore”, I realized I still had some circles to do and a bit of embroidery.  A couple of years ago, I took a class from Pearl Pereira, and I learned this nifty way of making circles is that class.

First, I ironed 3 sheets of freezer paper together.  Next, I used a 1/2″ punch used for scrapbooking.


I cut out out a bunch of perfectly shaped circles in no time!  Then, I prepped them just like I would prep any other piece ...

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March 17, 2014
Surrounded by talent! from Simple Bird Applique

Our Sunday Afternoon Applique Group met yesterday and wait til you see the Show and Tell!  This is Christie’s version of Aunt Millie’s Garden.  Spectacular! This materpiece was machine quilted by Carl of Lilac Lanes in Alliston.  This is the fourth (!) Aunt Millie’s Garden  to come out of this group…and we are patiently waithing for one more…stitch, Kathy, stitch!!

christie's quilt


abd block

Next, we have Lynn’s “Woodland Creatures” a quilt designed by Rosemary Makhan, who sadly passed away recently.  The more we looked at the quilt, the more detail we found!  This masterpiece was machine quilted by ...

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January 29, 2014
Filling a Vase One Flower At A Time from Simple Bird Applique

The first border of Sue Garman’s “Friends of Baltimore” is not nearly as daunting as I thought it would be.  No really!  If you take a good look at the pieces, you will see that most of them are very simple shapes and easy to do.  There is just lots of them!!

I have most of the leaves prepped and glued onto my paper pattern.  This is proving to be a really effecient method because I have not lost a single piece!  DSCN5169

Once a few of the leaves were in place, I started to add the buds and flowers ...

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January 24, 2014
Let’s Celebrate!! from Simple Bird Applique

I love it when a plan comes together!  In my last post I explained how I was trying really hard to stay organized, which is actually very difficult for me.  But my plan is working better than I hoped it would and I want to share it with you!

As I prep each piece, I glue it onto a copy of the paper pattern.


I started out pinning each piece in place but soon realized I was going to run out of pins, and, more importantly, the pattern was pinned to the ironing board and I couldn’t move it ...

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January 20, 2014
Focused and Organized from Simple Bird Applique

After a week of procrastinating, I have finally started the first border of Sue Garman’s “Friends of Baltimore” on Saturday.  I traced the whole pattern onto my background, which did not take nearly as long as I anticipated.  I like to use a Clover water-soluble marker when I trace my backgrounds.  The markers come in two sizes…thick tip and thin tip.  I always use the thick tip.  The line is thicker (of course!) and much easier to see!


Next, I made a whole pile of leaves.  Lots and lots of leaves.  The leaves get stitched in place first ...

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January 7, 2014
Washing my finished block from Simple Bird Applique

Once I finished embroidering all the ropes with 2 strands of floss, I was ready to wash my block.  I must mention at this point that I prewash all of my fabric in Synthrapol before I even think of putting it in a quilt.  That way, the fabrics do not run in this washing process.  Why do I wash my blocks?  When I trace my pattern onto the background, I use a Clover water soluble marker and a Frixion marker.  To prep my applique pieces, I use starch and Roxeann’s Glue.  All of that stuff needs to be removed ...

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January 5, 2014
I am no sailor! from Simple Bird Applique

Although I spent 2 weeks last January on a sailboat, I do not consider myself a sailor!  Almost every afternoon, our Captain and his wife would quiz us about the parts of the sailboat.  We learned what the pulpit is, what the head is used for and what to do when someone yells “Grab the painter!”  So, I was pleasantly surprised when I actually remembered the parts of the sailboat as I stitched the first block of Sue Garman’s “Ladies of the Sea”.  For those of you who are not familiar with the basic parts of a sailboat, this ...

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December 30, 2013
A Good Way to End the Year! from Simple Bird Applique

Yesterday was one of those days I dream of.  I had the entire house to myself for the whole day!!  Sure, I could have done lots of things, but I really wanted to end this year with a bang.  I desperately wanted to finish putting all 16 blocks of Sue Garman’s “Friends of Baltimore” together, complete with all of those half-square triangles.  So that is what I did!

First, I finished sewing all  of the triangles together and then trimmed them to the correct size.  You can read more about that here.  It is a lot of work, but ...

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December 16, 2013
Moving Right Along! from Simple Bird Applique

I was very excited to start working on this block.  First, I started on the right side of the wreath with a few flowers, leaves and buds.



Next, I added the left side.


And, finally, the bluebird!



I have been steadily hand-quilting on Circle of Tupils.  I am pleased because it has that antique look I was going for.  I love it when a plan comes together!   The stencil that I have chosen for the border has me intrigued, so I am anxious to start it!



Til next time…..


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November 29, 2013
The Sun is Shining! from Simple Bird Applique

The sun is shining, so I ran to get my camera so I could finally take a picture of “Circle of Tulips”.  I find the handquilting shows up really nicely in the bright sun!   The only time I hand-quilt is in the evening.  I like to sit down around 9 o’clock with a pot of tea and stitch the night away and contemplate life in general!   You can download the pattern for “Circle of Tulips” on my website.  It’s free!  You can also check out the new video for the second installment of “Peggy’s Puzzle”.



Finally finished ...

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November 25, 2013
Strawberries…who knew?! from Simple Bird Applique

Thanks, Gale, for the heads up!!  Gale very kindly let me know that what I believed to be tomatoes are actually strawberries.  Now that I think about it, I can’t remember the last time I saw tomatoes in a fruit basket!  Onward and upward!   I prepped the watermelon (pretty sure I nailed that one!)  and the pineapple.

watermelon 1

Next, I added a few pears and an apple.

pears and apples 2

Then, I filled in a few leaves.

fill in leaves 3

Let me show you how I tackled those two-tone leaves.  I love them because they are very effective!  First, take a look at the pieces and ...

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November 22, 2013
Filling the Fruit Bowl from Simple Bird Applique

Piece by piece, I am filling the bowl with yummy fruit!  First I added a pear, some grapes, an apple and what I believe is to be a tomato.  Next I added some peaches (or apricots…your choice!)  I absolutely love the fabric that the peaches are made from.  It is one of those fabrics that go from light to dark across the width.  These fabrics are perfect for shading flowers (or fruit!). Grab them when you see them!DSCN4867

I was a little worried that there was not enough contrast between the peaches and the pear, so I took the ...

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November 18, 2013
OK…where was I? from Simple Bird Applique

Now that I have finished Civil War Bride, I have some spare time on my hands.  What will I do?  Will I work on finishing some neglected UFO’s or start something totally brand new?  Well…since I like to work on a number of projects at once, the answer is…both!  I am going to work on finishing up Sue Garman’s “Friends of Baltimore” and I am going to start Sue Garman’s “Ladies of the Sea” tomorrow.  I have been wanting to start this quilt for a while now.  I showed the pattern to my son a ...

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