Friday, August 5, 2011

Quilted Bird wall art Tutorial.....Go baby!!

Ever since I made this bird wall art, I have wanted to make a quilted version. But the thought of cutting individual branches, individual leaves and all the little birds seemed too much work so I decided to put that idea on the shelf until i could be bothered.
Then the lovely Carolyn from Accuquilt contacted me to see if I would be interested in a Go baby Fabric cutter. I had seen a few around in blog land but never quite taken the next step about actually looking into what they do. So when i received the email from Carolyn I excitedly jumped on their website, to check out and choose 3 of their cutting dies.  I tell you what, It was a hard choice. Although I think the square/strip cutting dies could be faster and quite useful, I wanted to try the cutting dies that I would never sit and cut out by hand and or are basically impossible with a rotary cutter.
And..... Guess what I found??? My branches, leaves and BIRDS!! Perfect! oh and I had to grab a Christmas snowflake one while i was there..
They worked great!
So... Wanna make one???
If you don't have a Go baby cutter.. You can cut them individually or pop back soon.. I'll be having a Giveaway to win one!!
You need:-
Fabric scraps... around 6" x 4".
Brown fabric for leaves and branches
1m or 1yard of fusible webbing
Background fabric I used linen and it was 34" x 22"
Small black beads for eyes
Pearle 8 Quilting Cotton - Different colours
Binding, Backing fabric and batting.
Take your pieces and iron them all on to your fusible webbing. Cut each scrap out, so each scrap has the fusible webbing attached. I took a few of these pictures after I had made my wall hanging...( I was too excited as i made it to remember to take photos along the way) .. But its the same steps..
Lay your piece of fabric or cute pieces on your die.
 Lay the cutting mat over the top. Stick it into the Go Baby cutter. Take one hand and push down firmly on the cutter and with your other hand turn the lever.
Take it out from the cutter and lift off your cutting mat. The cutter cuts up to 8 layers of fabric so it has no problem if you want to layer a couple in to save time. If i didn't push down hard enough I did need to snip the shape away from the outer fabric in a couple places.
Lift off your fabric and your birds will be cut nice, neat and the perfect shape.
I cut 16 birds. Next cut your branches... I cut 4 branch dies, and joined some together...
Lay them all out how you think you would like them to go.
 Peel off your fusible webbing paper and iron the branches and leaves on to your back ground fabric.
I then stitched a straight line down each branch in brown thread..
and stitched around each leaf to give a bit of dimension.
Next lay out all your birds.. I put mine sitting a little above the branches so i could later sew legs on them.
Again, peel off the fusible paper and iron them onto your branches in place.
Baste your three layers together. Your backing fabric, batting and top.
Using Peale 8 Cotton I hand quilted around each bird and each wing.
 I used some little black beads for eyes and I taught myself how to chain stitch on YouTube HERE for the legs...
Then you bind your little wall hanging/quilt and your DONE!! xx
 What do you think???
It was fast... easy... And like I said before, you could cut each little bird/ branch/leaf out if you wanted... OR you can enter my giveaway (details soon) to win one.
Also, with AccuQuilt... they are giving away 22 Free Patterns!!
Click to redeem your free patterns..
22 Free Patterns - Download Now
I hope i see a few little wall hangings popping up around the place and keep your eye out for the Giveaway coming soon xx

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60 comments:

  1. Love your birdie quilt - SO CUTE and right up my taste street! And the GO BABY has just gone from maybe I want one to oh BABY I NEED ONE!!!

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  2. The birds are so beautiful!

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  3. Your birds are so sweet! Might wait and see if the random number generator is kind enough to provide!

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  4. This is gorgeous. Love the choice of fabrics too. Well done!

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  5. So beautiful as usual. I love the backing fabric too.

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  6. The bird wall hanging is lovely. Great job. (And I'll be hanging around for the giveaway!)

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  7. This is a beautiful creation,I love it !.Birds are lovely !.

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  8. This is SO pretty! And lucky you, having a Go Baby!" And how appropriate is the beautiful backing!

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  9. Beautiful work!
    Lucky I found the cutters branches, leaves and birds ... very nice!

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  10. It's beautiful, Bec! What a great and creative use for the Go!

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  11. Bec, that looks lovely! And you chose the perfect fabric for the back. I'm happy to see those birds from Go! Baby- one I hadn't seen before. :)

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  12. Your birdie quilt is beautiful! How exciting that you were offered a GO! Baby cutter!

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  13. I'm so happy I chose the birds as one of my dies. They are so CUTE! And I love how we can cut them already ready to fuse to the project.

    Yours is just great....I'm copying it.

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  14. This is so adorable I could die. Love, love, LOVE the birdies! :-)

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  15. Super sweet! I need a Go! Baby...

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  16. LOVE your birds and branches quilt. So sweet!

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  17. Very cute quilt! Love the different birds. I wish I had a Go! Baby...

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  18. That is so cute. I have a Accuquilt Go Baby and I have been using it mostly to do my finished 2" hst's. They turn out great.

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  19. Wow! I'm making this- Go Baby or not!! Beautiful work!

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  20. Gasp... I had no idea that Accuquilt had these dies. I absolutely LOVE the wallhanging you made using them. Too GORGEOUS!!!

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  21. Love that!! It's absolutely wonderful.

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  22. It is beautiful to say the least and would look wonderful on an heirloom quilt I am making from baby clothes for my daughters. Will be watching and waiting and keeping finger's crossed!! Go Baby!

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  23. the bird wall hanging is so adorable!!

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  24. The bird quilt is so cute!! I can't wait for the Accuquilt giveaway, I've been wanting one sooo badly!!

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  25. Wow, your bird quilt is just beautiful. What a fabulous use for a Go!Baby. All you gals that are turning out such cute projects with this cutter are really tempting me! :-)

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  26. Outstanding...I can hear them chirping...

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  27. I didn't know they had dies like this - very cute! I love how your wall hanging turned out. I want one of course, but they are $$ so I'll be back for your giveaway. :)

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  28. Your quilt is darling! I've always wanted a Baby Go, so I'll watching.
    Deborah

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  29. Becca,that is one of the most creative uses of a specialty die I've seen. I never would have thought to order that one - beautiful project!!!

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  30. My goodness... this quilt is simply gorgeous. I am in love.

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  31. I love that bird die and love what you did with it. I think the applique dies are the best time savers.

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  32. Definitely gorgeous. And of course having a die that does this makes me want to have a closer look at the Go Baby, of course I'll be back for your giveaway.

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  33. If you would like a site with a ton of great resources check out Quiltpossible.com. Ebony does a great job showing a lot of great tips including how to mark the dies so you can save fabric! Check out http://quiltpossible.com/category/videos/page/3/

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  34. Love the way your birds turned out when cut from the same fabric, looks like you are having fun with the Go! Baby!

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  35. I love birds and this is really adorable. I think the birds and branches would also look nice on throw pillows. I'll be watching for that giveaway!

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  36. I SOO Love Your Birds & Leaves Quilt it is Gorgeous & Thanks for showing how to use the Go Baby Cutter it looks Fabulous...I'll be back for the Giveaway...
    cheers

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  37. Wow! So cute. What a nifty little tool. Going to keep my eye out for that giveaway! Thanks for sahring!

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  38. I.NEED.ONE.OF.THESE. Totally Bec!!

    The birds are soo sweet!!

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  39. Oh my gosh...so I've seen this and read about the accuquilt Go and I've been wondering how useful it would be. I LOVE to make applique for my little boy for his T shirts and just love applique in general....so it looks like it was easy? I wonder how often you'd have to replace the "blade"....I mean it'll get dull after a while right? I would LOOOOVE to win one, I have your blog subscribed so I'll watch out!

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  40. Bec that is the best use of the Go - Cutter I have seen so far! great work.
    Xx

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  41. Ooooo I must get one of those "branches" dies! I just got myself a GO! Baby and also have a tree project in mind but I hadn't worked out an easy way to make the branches.

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  42. WOW. The quilt is really adorable. Love the idea of neat edges with a cutter as well as the time saved. Thanks for sharing.

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  43. Oh, I've been admiring those bird dies and wondering what to do with them, great to see them in action, love how you've done this

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  44. Such a beautiful and unique Go! project - thanks for sharing!!

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  45. OH I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS!!!!!!!! You are just like me in thinking which dies to buy. LOL I keep looking at all they offer and think those which make the pieces you need most often would make much more sense BUT, then the cute ones that are more complicated to cut out make more sense to buy. LOL Wouldn't it be nice to have a big pot o' money to buy them all?

    The birds is one of those I really love and the snowflakes too. The dies with embroidery are intriguing to me as well since I've been doing machine embroidery since I got my machine in 2003. Those look gorgous too.

    I'll be on the lookout for that giveaway you may have mentioned one or two times during this tutorial. lol Thank you.

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  46. I absolutely love your bird wall hanging! It is so pretty. I actually saw it first on Flikr and then followed the link to your blog here and signed up as a follower. I was thrilled to see your tutorial on how to make this. I would love to try and make one. I've never heard of a Go Baby, but really want one now! Thank you for sharing :)

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  47. oh my gosh! what a cute quilt!!! i MUST make this quilt for my best friend- that is the nursery theme (birds & branches) now I just need to get my hands on one of those fun toys!

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  48. Beautiful quilt. Great tutorial too. Love them both.

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  49. Great job! I would love to win!
    lvitzthum@alaska.net

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  50. Thank you Bec for the great tutorial. The birds are so sweet. Wonder if they could be needle turned. I have another pattern in mind.

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  51. Okay, so I was pretty sure I didn't need this gadget till NOW! What a fabulous project! I'll be watching for your giveaway :) If I can't manage to win one online, this little tool is going on my Christmas list!

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  52. wonderful birds- would be interested in tryinglove your quilt

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  53. I love the top and the backing...what fabric is on the back? Would love to make your quilt...would love to win the Go Baby...came to this site for your sandcastle quilt. I really love your work!

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  54. this is just so ADORABLE ! It makes me smile !

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  55. I love the bird quilt.Very colorfull.
    Great giveaway!

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  56. Oh, I love this pattern. I don't have a Go , but I'll manage somehow with scissors and freezerpaper :-)
    Thank you .

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  57. Would love to have the actual templates for the items on the wall quilt. Thanks

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