Recently I moved from the city to a much more rural area. It wasn’t the glorious city life of TV shows but it’s very different here: not having a grocery store, gas station, or highway closer than a 10-minute walk.
That being said I really love having a backyard now and even though it’s full of melting snow it’s lovely to sit and watch the birds. The boyfriend knows a lot about birds and it’s been fascinating watching and learning about them.
Here are some pictures I’ve taken of the ones we’ve spotted back there!
That’s what made the bird tree blog hop seem so timely for me! When I saw the panel of birds in Tracy Lizotte‘s collection for Elizabeth’s Studio I knew these were panels I could work with.
But what to make? Well, after some brainstorming I ended up deciding to make (*drum roll please*) blocks!
Totally random, I know, but I wanted to make something new and challenge myself with a different set of skills than I usually use. Not to mention a little inspired by the 6 weeks of softies posts over at Sew Mama Sew and the perfect size of these panels for this project.
This is not the first time I’ve made a fabric block but I got to do my favorite thing while making these blocks: I failed.
My take on failure:
Failure is one of the most important parts of the creative process; it happens when you take risks. And if you learn something from it then it’s not a failure; it’s a learning experience!
So this failure block, how was it a failure? It didn’t hold its shape very well so even though I used interfacing the stuffing (standard polyfill) wasn’t the right material to use. This fluffy squarish pillow wasn’t my vision; I really wanted crisp edges on this block. So after the sample block, I did some Googling and found this amazing tutorial on using foam to create fabric blocks at hello, wonderful.
Bingo; that’s what I was looking for. Crisp edges curtsey of craft foam, and measuring. Blame it on not researching enough or chalk it up to trial and error. Doesn’t matter; the process got me to my goal!
I just love how they came out.
Gosh I just love how those cute gold finches look on the tree house almost as much as I like how they look on the bird feeder outside my sewing room window. I’m told they’ll be much brighter come spring (right around the time we have to take the feeders down cause of bears!)
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