This is a tutorial (with pictures) and a free pattern. So, stick with me.
I recalled a technique I used with another bird/tree fabric made years ago. I made two of these quilts, with one finished. This uses my Photo Corner technique which I will share with you today, with FREE templates for you to use with your own fabrics.
|Four Block Christmas Birds: 9" blocks|
|Who's visiting today?|
|Avignon Collection by Benartex Fabrics|
|Photo corners traceable templates|
I used freezer paper to trace the simple template. I made two so I could cut quickly.
|Iron templates to fabric that ALREADY has fusible interfacing on back|
|Interfacing ironed to wrong side of fabric|
|Iron freezer paper to right side of fabric, then cut out.|
|Two photo corners cut out. Funny little shape in center: discard or find some clever use - your call!|
I plan on 4 blocks. I need 8 photo corners of each color:
|Photo corners cut out and ready for the birds!|
I created a window that mimicked the opening that the photo corners would create on a 9-1/2" background square. I cut a 9-1/2" piece of freezer paper and traced the photo corners as shown; then I cut out the center. Now I can see the bird fabric and find out where to place this template for cutting.
|Window template drawn; now, to cut it out|
|Bird #1 centered and ready to be cut|
|Bird #2 ready to be cut out on the OUTSIDE of the freezer paper square|
|Don't worry birdie; you're safe inside that ruler. I'm only cutting the outside fabric|
And how do they look, waiting for the stitching?
|Auditioning one bird with green corners|
|I like this one better|
|Simple zigzag stitch; trimmed away background from behind photo corners|
|Song birds in my backyard|
Many thanks to Lana and Madame Samm for pulling this all together. Loved seeing what all the bloggers have done this past week. Whew! We sure were busy.
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Monday, March 23