Monday, August 15, 2011

after much delay...

There has been much procrastination over this Bird of Paradise block!
I started out with the tree trunk and leaves - no problems there. Then the tail was next - I was a bit terrified of the tail. The pattern says to piece the 18 feathers together first and then applique it. I didn't know how to do that so it sat around on the sewing table for a long while.
Finally I decided to just do it "my way" and used an overlay to place and applique each feather. I was so pleased with how the tail turned out I didn't want to wreck it by making an ugly bird. I really liked Lurline and Teresa's birds - much better than the pattern so I tried to draw mine like theirs. I drew this bird so many times and it continued to sit on my sewing table. Then I went fabric shopping looking for just the right fabric for the bird (as if I didn't have anything suitable in my stash - ha!)
Finally I cut out some fabric and just went for it. The second picture is the first attempt. The wing was too plain and the head crest just looked silly. Last night I swapped the wing fabric and I'm going to call it done. (except for some embroidery which I'm also procrastinating about in a BIG way)

I think I finished 2 other blocks while I procrastinated over this one. It's been months and I'm glad to move it to the finished pile!

Happy Quilting!!


10 comments:

Betty Lou said...

Your work is amazing Janet, such beautiful applique.

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Congratulations...it looks amazing!

Kigwit said...

Beautiful bird. But I liked the head crest!

Kathie said...

beautiful I like the new and improved block....
ah yes sometimes we just have to sit down and do it!
it was worth the wait, beautiful block
Kathie

*karendianne. said...

Janet, what a stunner. Well worth the effort and the wait. I'm glad you shared your process with us. Your effort (sweat) really comes through and really makes me admire the block even more. Ama-zing! Happy in Paradise!!!

Crispy said...

Your way worked out beautifully!! The tail is magnificant!!! I agree the crest just didn't work. I'm sure, after much procrastination, you will come up with the embroidery design :0)

Crispy

LC said...

at least you recognize the reason for procrastination... that is the first step in overcoming it! As for the block, let it tell you that you can do it! It is lovely!

Lori said...

it looks fantastic and whatever you did really worked!

Dixie said...

Your bird block looks fab, Janet! Really lovely feathers, and the new wing looks great!

Marilyn Robertson said...

The new bird looks wonderful! :)