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!!
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.
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..
your piece of fabric or cute pieces on your die.
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.
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..
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