Archive for the ‘Birds’ Category

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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Lots of Birds and Branches

Inspiration: from a Design Sponge Sneak Peak in the home Julie Murphy, the founder designer of Jack & Lulu


Sketch: Done at Yellowstone this summer.


Prototype: Done today!

Palette: Jewels

Jewel Palette2

Shall I make more? YES! Watch this space!

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Clutch 009

Well, this one have been brewing in my head for like 6 months now! Finally got some done! It’s a teeny bit wider and a teeny bit longer than my Grab n’Go bags – 5.5” wide & 4” tall. Big enough for a cell phone, PDA, keys, wallet and sunglasses:

Clutch 005

The big difference is the strap: held on with claw hooks it is adjustable and removable, so it can be worn 2 different ways:

Clutch 012 Clutch 013

as well as in hour hand, or clipped to your larger bag:

 Clutch 017 Clutch 018

Yes, my model is just out of the bath and ready for story, so not to happy to be standing still!

I’m happy with how these turned out!

Clutch 002 Clutch 003

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6 Little Birds

So, I’ve been enamored of birds for awhile now…here’s my latest flock:

6  little birds - 10" x 20"

6 little birds - 10" x 20"

As you can see, I went with the the more detailed background – I was worried that the birds would blend in, but 1) I used bright colors and 2) I forget that the dark lines I free motion quilt around them also help with definition, so I’m a happy gal!

I’ve been trying to be more sketchy and free style with my bird shapes – I’m getting there.

EDIT: Note to self – take a look at the pictures you snap along the way, you may remember something you liked! I just scrolled down to the previous post and I love the line of the grass/horizon there than it is in the final product! Too late now! And this was just the shpae of the edge of the fabric…oh well 😦

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Subtle…or not?

I’m trying to make some small, spring-y pieces. Here’s a group of birds hanging around getting into trouble…do I go with the subtle background (which needs to be ironed):


or NOT subtle background?

Not Subtle


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