Category Archives: quilling

Friday Night Block Party: Birds in the Air

November 22nd 2013

It’s the Friday before Thanksgiving, can you believe it? I am thankful to make new quilting blocks every week. It’s such a learning experience, practice makes better, I am not at “perfect” yet.

pinwheel block party

 The featured block today is #7 from the Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt book.  If you have joined our FWQA or felt inspired to pick up the task again, Susie from Susie’s Sunroom is doing it too and she has a Flickr group. Amanda The Patchsmith is also joining the fun, don’t miss her “Patchiqué” series!

book block 7 birds

This week is more of a tutorial style, this was a challenging one for me!  I thought it would be easy enough since cutting these tiny triangles with the templates was a piece of cake, I did 4 at a time.

scraps for FWQA

Here they are teeny, tiny triangles ready to sew.

birds in the air pieces

With right sides together, sew the triangles opposite of the “L” to make your half square triangles. I would have rather made them starting with squares, but I am working with scraps so this way worked out better for that reason.

birds Triangles RST

I set up all my triangles so I could chain piece them and not lose any.

HsT ready to sew

When those are sewn, press them to darker side, the template provides clean ends so you don’t have to trim.

birds press

Next I arranged all the pieces how they are supposed to go to figure out best sewing order.

birds pieces in place

I see this block has 4 units. For each unit, I sewed the smaller pieces vertically first. If you don’t like threads, this one is very thready with so many tiny pieces!  Don’t forget to press!

birds sew units

Next, I sew these pieces across.  As you can see “one of these things just doesn’t belong here.”  I have to say that with all the sewing this entails, I used the seam ripper more!

bird units one off

(Fix any mistakes you have) then sew the larger triangle pieces to each other. Then across and complete your block.  I had to trim these squares because they were skewed, but just a smidgen.

birds units

When all was said and done, I trimmed the final block to 6 1/2 inches.

birds in the air block #7

Let my just say that, after making this block, I had a “tightening in the chest” feeling as if I had spent the day in a classroom, full of third grade boys, the day after a full moon!

The good news is that the November giveaway is 2 charm packs from the Fat Quarter Shop. Just leave a comment or add your link below and show us your block. Any block will do just leave your name and the name of the block. You all are so talented we want to see!!

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Christmas Once a Month Project

March 23rd 2013
I just found this fabulous follow along project at, what a great idea!
As if I needed any prompting for Christmas crafts, when my list has been ongoing for several years now. : ) This will help to keep me accountable, I hope.
To see what they projects they’ve conjured up, click the button below to see some of Julie’s projects and click here, here and here for the crafts of eamylove who has also joined the fun! They post the Christmas project on the 15th of each month. I missed it this month so I have 3 to catch up on and a fourth for April, stay tuned, I promise to make something new!
The Crafty Quilter

Project #1 for the Christmas Once a Month Project: Wooden Filagree Christmas Tree

I love Lands End, yes the clothing company. And yes, who doesn’t love the quintessential New England style and feel of it? Who doesn’t want to just jump right into the pages? I do!  So I enjoy looking through their catalogs. Specifically however, I really like some of their Christmas Catalog Covers which, over the years, have been downright “file” material. What do I mean? Well. some of their cover art for Christmas has been really clever over the years so I have been known to keep them for future reference for bulletin board ideas, crafts or just because I appreciate the art. Never mind that google can’t find them! Oh, well!!

But I digress. Case in point, last year’s cover is a tree done in Paper Quilling, a craft you can read about here (you have to scroll down a little) but it is not to be confused with this kind of quilling.
While I was researching, I found out about an uncanny resemblance  from another quiller here . You can read more about her project here. She was inspired by this artist. I really enjoyed looking at her work!  All that to say, my craft does not involve quilling but imitates it in another media.

1. Wooden Filigree Tree
2. Martha Stewart Glitter Collection
3. Martha Stewart Glittering Glue*.
*I took this to mean it was for the verb, “glittering,” not as the adjective the glue is glittering, which is yet to be seen.
I was originally just going to use Modge Podge for this project because I know it will work. But this adorable little aqua bottle of “glittering glue” from Martha Stewart was $2 or $3.99 which was totally reasonable. So yes, I fell for the cute packaging of the Craft Diva herself.  I only desire maybe .001% of her success, right? Just enough to pay the bills, is that so wrong?
This craft really didn’t take that long to do at all, maybe 30 minutes or less? The fine glitter can be a bit messy but I used a large manila paper under and poured the excess back into the teeny jars. Make sure you wipe the paper with something before starting the next color so they don’t get mixed. Then when I was all done, I just wiped the table clean with something damp.
Take a look…
The glue has a brush attached! Neat! But I needed a smaller brush.

I did two different greens and started one color at a time.
After the 2 greens, I added the gold, wish is was more yellow than gold…
Red. Thought I’d have more trouble with the colors converging, but no!
Looks better in natural light.

Added orange and blue.

All done!
Here is the comparison: