Monday, May 21, 2007

More Ugly butterfly

Here are the separate wings for my ugly duckling fabric project. They are fully embellished and bound, using a bias cut 1/2"(finished) binding. I've only done one other bias binding; on a double wedding ring quilt restoration. I had to look up in a book how to cut the binding, and I still did it wrong. It fought me all the way, but I eventually prevailed.
The next thing will be to add a body piece to attach the wings together, then the "sleeve" on the back of the upper wings for the dowel to slide through for hanging.
The lower left wing (2nd pic) has a cute little pewter hummingbird charm in the purple patch, and the red patch in the upper right wing (3rd pic) has a birdhouse charm with a tiny little bird dangling off of it. I think this is the first time I've ever used charms, even though I've been collecting them for a long time. I couldn't figure out how to attach them other than just sewing them on, and that always looked to me like they were just stuck there. For the birdhouse, I attached it with a few daisy stitches in a sunburst pattern (like the sun is rising over the roof), and for the hummer, I sewed him on, then added some stitches that match the ones on the seam treatment (his favorite flower to feed from).

The upper right wing also has a spider and her web in the turquoise patch, with a seam treatment of flies (so she'll never be hungry).

The upper left wing has a little frog chasing a fly that he, sadly, will never catch; a row of embroidered dragonflies; a ladybug button; some grapes on a vine; and the quote from T. Fuller.
"May things grow in the garden that were never sown there."


JK said...

Hon this has really turned out amazing. Imagine the catapiller that has turned into the butterfly literally! Beautiful work darlin

Sue in western WA said...

I'm so glad you're on blogspot! Now I get to see more of your work!(Guess I never realized there were blogs on yahoo.)

Your stitching is exquisite, as usual, and I love the sense of humor you have applied to the "ugly fabric" challenge :- )

You are going to be a regular stop during my blog tours!