I wish I had the talent that we see on Madame Samm's blog - she has such beautiful photos of birds that I just sit in awe. But since I don't I'll just tell you that here on the lake where I live we see lots of beautiful ones. There are all the ordinary everyday ones like robins, blue jays, cardinals, sparrows, hummingbirds, wrens, blackbirds, etc. But we have a few that you might not see as often - we have a type of heron that visits regularly as well as seagulls, owls and on rare occasions, an eagle has visited us. We have lots of ducks and geese and a couple of wood ducks who raise babies here every spring.
My mother was the bird lover in our family. She must have kept a dozen bird feeders at her house and even in her last days when she was very ill she reminded us to keep food in the bird feeders. Sometimes a bird will land on my window and I always think of mother!
For my first project I embroidered "Mother's Favorites" and the names of some of her favorite birds on a Kona cotton and then alternated them with birds cut from one of the panels from this fabric line. I just couldn't let this fabric go by without acknowledging her love for birds. The first border is a simple black, and the second is also part of this fabric line. I made the binding from one of the tree panels.
For my second project I fussy cut my favorite birdhouses from a second panel, bordered them in black, and did some simple free motion quilting around them.
The sun kept going in and out of the clouds the day I was taking this photo, making for some interesting shadows.
The day I was taking these photos that little bit of green was all the green I had in my yard!
When I finished these two projects I still had a bit of fabric left so I made a market style bag to put them in - I plan to gift these to a special someone for her birthday. The market bag makes a wonderful gift bag!
I used this adorable print for the outside and left it simple because I didn't want to cover up any of the birdhouses.
I used a tree panel for the lining, and added a ring for keys as well as....
two fussy cut birdhouses for the pockets.
Don't you love this one with his little tail feathers sticking out the door! :)
This was great fabric and I loved working with it. But greater than the fabric was working with Lana from It Seams To Be Sew! Lana was so organized and always timely with reminders and lists - exactly what I needed. So thanks to her and to Madame Samm for always encouraging us to do more, be more than we thought we could.
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