Friday, November 13, 2015

Blackbird singing in the dead of night

Blackbird singing in the dead of night

Take these broken wings and learn to fly

All your life

You were only waiting for this moment to arise

Blackbird singing in the dead of night

Take these sunken eyes and learn to see

All your life

You were only waiting for this moment to be free

Blackbird fly, blackbird fly

Into the light of the dark black night

Blackbird fly, blackbird fly
Into the light of the dark black night

 

I do love this quilt probablly because I have always loved the song. The blackbird is drawn with inktense pencils and the rest is fabric. The moss was some ugly green fabric with an identity disorder that I had for years in my stash that works perfectly for moss. Never throw away ugly fabric! Some fabric just takes longer to find it's identity. The words are printed out on batik ironed to freezer paper then cut to printer paper size. Goes right thru the printer fine.

Last week I had three works in progress and the blackbird is the only finish although guys little notebook cover is almost done. Here is a refresher on how to make a journal over.

 

After you have quilted the size you need, if you want a closing tab sew a piece of Velcro on the tab and on the opposite side as shown. If there were words or anything directional test first. See where the tab will go and which side will be the front. You want the tab sewn on what will be the back side of the journal.


Cut a piece of fabric the same size as the quilted piece. Cut in half, sew hems and lay like this.

 

Cut another piece that overlaps the hemmed sides and is the same width. Sew all the way around.

Turn inside out . That's as far as I've gotten so far on mine but you would now iron it flat. Then you can slip in the purchased notebook. I always sew a button on the tab front.

I sell a detailed tutorial on this in my craftsy shop here if you want more details. They make great gifts, are a good way to use ip scraps and are pretty quick to do.

 

4 comments:

  1. That bird is magnificent. You really captured the scale of everything perfectly. It is certainly one of your best pieces!

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  2. Oh I love this too........and youf tutorial was so generous to share!!!

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  3. Beautiful piece and love the song!

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