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In the rush to get stuff finished for my big show a couple of weeks ago, I didn’t really get to take nice pix of my Botanical Sketches, and they didn’t even get their own post, which the really do deserve! The motif is one I’ve worked with on my Going Green Totes, Journals, and the Freshly Picked baby outfits, but they were all warm ups for these little art quilts. It was close to 2 years ago when I was inspired to sketchily stitch a sprig of leaves across an asymmetrical color block after seeing the work of Skinny LaMinx (an entire post devoted to how she inspires me is in the pipeline…). I loved it, and stuck it up on my design wall (of course, I should show you a picture of it, but it fell down a few months ago and Stirling ate it…)

Any old who, it ticked away in the back of my mind for awhile, but I wasn’t quite sure how I wanted to construct the quilts, but in the meantime worked on my free motion sketching skills making the bags and journals. When I tried using Peltex in the quilt sandwich in this quilt, I knew I had the construction method I wanted, then it was a matter of finding the time, and Bob’s your Uncle, my Botanical Sketches series:

 

Here’s a movie of me stitching a Black Eyed Susan. This was one of the movies I had playing all weekend long in my booth. A common question was whether or not I marked on the fabric first – No, I do not. I mean for these to truly be sketches, to show that these are done by hand, with spontaneity.

I’ve finally got them listed in my Etsy shop. Pictures of the whole series are up on Flickr, but here are a few more, cause I love them so:

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Well, I’ve really had fun with this little series, and I hope it shows! I’ve had some great comments from y’all this week, so if you’d like to buy one or more of these little gems, make sure to read through to the end of the post, where there are details on how my blog readers get 1st dibs! (Look away then if a commercial offends you!)

I truly am a quilter at heart – I LOVE taking smaller units and composing them into larger pieces, over & over again. I also enjoy figuring out ways to mount my little art quilts to make them easy to display…what I did with these was quilt the details through the top, a layer of batting, and then a layer of peltex, something they use to stiffen baseball cap brims. The peltex adds a a bit more definition to the quilting, and makes the quilts stiff enough to stand propped up everywhere, and hang nice and flat. After the quilting is done, a layer of fabric on the back covers it up, then stitch on a hanging loop and fuse on a label:

I then had fun playing with them, coming up with all sorts of fun combinations…it was very hard to STOP!

All over the internet, people have little clotheslines with small bits of inspiration pinned to them. This is how I’ve been envisioning my little birds…and my friends, the vision in my head matches what I see!

 

While I was trying in vain to come up with an idea of how to show them off in a room setting, lovely Linda of a La Mode Stuff commented on how nice the would look over a headboard! Shazaam, perfect idea – thanks Linda!

So, if you need to see more birdies, I’ve had some fun putting together a gallery with Adobe Bridge. 

OK, commercial time, feel free to look away. A couple of folk have asked if they are going up in my Etsy shop. I’ve got a couple of big shows coming up, so no, they won’t be in my Etsy shop for awhile, BUT if you need to have one, or more…email me with your choices: Candy(at)CandiedFabrics(dot)com and we’ll arrange payment and shipping.

They’re $20 each, with 10% off the total purchase when you buy 3 or more. Shipping will be $4.75, and if you’d like I can throw in some hemp cord & mini clothespins for a couple of bucks too. I’d love for my faithful blog readers to have 1st pick!

Bird & Branch Gallery

Branch and Bird Sept 09 Key Final med res

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Navy Branch & Birds

Finally – here are the navy! I’ve been having great fun with photographing all the birds in all sorts of configurations…tune in tomorrow to see them!

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Chartreuse Branch & Bird

Here they are, the penultimate set of birdies!

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Plum Branch & Bird

Without further ado, I present the Plum Birdies:

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Gold Branch & Birds

1st, under the file of “Things my awesome husband does for me” is this:

He always supports my need for bigger, stronger, faster computing! He’s been adding oomph to my Franken Computer since last Christmas, and the final thing we needed was a faster video card. Well, the new one has outputs for 2 monitors, and ever since my awesome find of this huge new monitor floor model at Best Buy we’ve had an extra monitor kicking around, so it’s all hooked up. And now my computer doesn’t slow down when I’m asking photoshop to do awesome things!

Here’s another batch of birds, fresh off the ironing board:

I’m making more!

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Just checking in with y’all to let you know my Birds & Branches are coming along – I’ve got 25 branches on 25 bases, now to add the birds!

Sorry for the blue cast on the pix…at least the fabric colors are pretty true…If I stop to set up my light box, I won’t get as much done, and right now…time is of the essence!

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