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The Bird Family


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  • Applique

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There are lots of ways to use this pattern. On the cover, I've shown them on mini-quilts. But think outside the box and use them on different things. Dishtowels, valances, the top of a cardboard oval box, a drawstring bag, a book cover - now you think of some! The embellishment possibilities are endless. I used buttons and lace. I made Grandpa's bow tie from a small piece of twill tape. All the fabrics I used were scraps of home dec and upholstery fabric. I straight stitched around each piece, twice. But you could use any stitch you like or method. The pattern is simple, the variations endless. Have fun with this - and I'd love to see what you do with The Bird Family! If you make any members of the Bird Family, please post the pictures here on Craftsy - I'd love to see them :) Karen BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY straight stitch, use fusible applique SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Bird is 4 3/4 x 7. Finished measurements depend on what you put the bird on.

Supplies Needed

  • background fabric - 8 x 10 for each bird, same amount of batting and backing, fabric scraps, fusible applique
  • needle and thread or sewing machine, buttons (optional), embellishments of your choice

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I'm fascinated with all things textile. I sew, quilt, felt, embroider, knit, crochet - almost everything except tatting, which I don't know how to do. I also love to design! I was born sewing. Pretty much, I started sewing my own clothes when I was 9 yrs old, and now I'm over 50. Then I started designing, and writing quilt patterns. I have published one Quilt Book called Log Cabin Quilts: A Brand New Story by Karen Murphy. You can still buy it on Amazon. Yes, Karen Murphy. As soon as it was published, I got married! So much for all that name recognition! We lived in Joplin, MO, where thankfully, the tornado of May 2011 missed us. I also have a job (I still work at home though) as Editor of The Quilt Pattern Magazine. It's online (we save trees) and focus on Quilt Patterns! I love all my work, and could happily give up all housecleaning and cooking in order to keep working. Some might say that I have. They might be right. But I do try to keep the dust bunnies corralled as best I can. Visit my blog at