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Progress on the Bird Panels and Other Sewing Projects

I haven’t made as much progress as I would have liked in the machine sewing department this past week, due to some issues with “Stitch.”

“Stitch” is the name we’ve given to the Vintage Singer 201 that we gave our middle daughter for Christmas because it’s serial number starts with AH626. For those of you who might have missed the reference, it’s named after one of the title characters in Disney’s Lilo & Stitch (aka Experiment 626.) (<-affiliate link)

The individual items for the sewing kits are in various stages of completion.

Both pincushions are done. That Cathedral Windows Pincushion on the left gave me no end of grief but I think it turned out well in the end.

The sewing companions are waiting their snaps before the final seam on those can be completed.

I’ve got the inside pocket for the zipper bags made and sewn in place. But I’m out of interfacing so will have to get more before I can complete those.

The Star Fruit Cushion now looks like this:

I decided to remove all the stuffing and start over to stuff it.

But the thing that I’m most pleased with from the past week is the progress I’ve made on my embroidered/quilted bird panels.

I quilted around the birds with a running stitch using 3 strands of embroidery floss. The dots on the wings are french knots with 2 strands of floss. The beaks are outlined in backstitch and the legs and feet are done in double rows (sometimes triple rows) of backstitch with 2 strands of floss.

Close up of the green bird.


Close up of the orange bird.

I’ve been searching for a pretty variegated floss to embroider/quilt the flowers with but so far the places I’ve checked haven’t had anything even close to the color I’ve been envisioning.

I plan embellish the flower buds and centers of the flowers with beads. I’m also going to see if I can find the right sized beads for the eyes.

Dave has gotten Stitch adjusted so that it sews without skipping stitches and then he’s got one more small adjustment to make to the feed dogs so I hope to have some finished projects to post about soon.



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  • Andrea
    August 16, 2012 9:24 am

    I just came over from Sew Many Ways. What a beautiful gift you sent Karen! Your handiwork is beautiful. I was hoping you could tell me about the bird fabric in this post. I love it – can you tell me the name/source or maker? Thank you!

  • Katie B
    August 1, 2012 11:56 pm

    I made a cathedral window pincushion this week too. They sure are pretty! Thanks for linking up to WIP Wednesday!

  • Jennifer
    August 1, 2012 3:47 pm

    Loving all your projects! Also thank you for linking the pincushion tutorial too.

  • wendy
    August 1, 2012 1:21 pm

    Wow, that cathedral windows pin cushion is gorgeous! Sorry it annoyed you! loving the bird panel, and yes, great advice from Sandra there, I shall steal it for my panel!

  • Sandra :)
    August 1, 2012 11:26 am

    I have the snap tool if you want to borrow it … I also have some variegated embro floss but only basic colours – nothing really “pretty”. Your kits look great – I haven’t done a cathedral window block yet but it’s on my Pinterest board to be done “eventually”! Loving the embellishments on the birdies!

  • Nancy D
    August 1, 2012 11:32 am

    I feel your pain about the stuffing! It takes a lot of practice to get it right. I redid that doll I just did THREE times. Sheesh!
    I love your birdy panel. I will look lovely with beads. Try number 11 or number 10 seed or Delica beads. I think Michaels has them 🙂

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