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Birds on a Wire

Posted on: October 2nd, 2015 by Lorna McMahon

Hello everyone! Today I would love to share with you the news of my very first AccuQuilt guest blog post, featuring my “Birds on a Wire” easy applique design. This fun project utilizes the GO! Bird die and can be used a wall hanging or as a super cute table runner.

The applique birds were fun and easy to make. You’ll find that this GO! Bird die is the perfect size for using your charm squares. Or using up some of your small scraps!

From my front yard, I will often see a row of birds resting along the power line. And I knew this GO! Bird die would be ideal for transferring this picture to fabric. The backing, binding and bird fabrics are all from the Robin’s Egg collection by Island Batik.

I used a tight zig-zag stitch to appliqué my birds onto the background. Then I quilted this runner with my walking foot in organic wavy lines along the length, using plain white Guetermann polyester thread on top and in the bobbin.

For the backing I chose this print because of the colours and the texture. Reminds me of a blue alligator, but I love how it makes that binding pop!

“Birds on a Wire” finished at approximately 10″ x 42″
and was the 55th use of my 100 labels
ordered from Ikaprint.

For the complete instructions on how to make your own “Birds on a Wire” project,
please check out my
AccuQuilt guest post here!
Linking up to Finish it up Friday with
Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts

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29 Responses

  1. legato1958 says:

    What a beautiful pattern! I love yours made in the blue fabrics. It is beautiful!Susie

  2. Ann says:

    Congratulations on another cute pattern. You're having so much fun.

  3. What cute little birds. You chose the perfect colours.

  4. Cut&Alter says:

    Lovely colours Lorna – it makes up a beautiful piece.

  5. Nancy J says:

    Super choice of colours together, and with the cutter, the way to go. The backing fits in so well.

  6. Heide says:

    Lorna, This is just darling, love the fun fabrics!

  7. Lara B. says:

    This is a great way to use the bird die cut Lorna! I love the clean and minimal look of it. You are right that it would make great modern wall art or a table runner.

  8. This is as cute as a bug (or should I say bird)! Love the size of the bird as well. Quite lovely!

  9. So sweet. I love your blue birds. Congrats on your first AccuQuilt post. Lots of firsts this month!

  10. Glinda ♥ says:

    I'm tweeting away here! Brilliant birds 🙂

  11. This table runner caught my eye! Love it.

  12. Unknown says:

    So cute and simple. Love it!

  13. Very nice! It is beautifully done, Lorna. 🙂

  14. Julie Cefalu says:

    That is just adorable, Lorna! Love the colors, too.

  15. KathyinMN says:

    It's so cute, and your quilting is perfect for it. You've got me looking at my sizzix library for other shapes that would work for something similar.

  16. so cute and nice colors – I am taking a four week break from quilting and doing very little sewing but I am still checking in with you when I can!

  17. Hi Lorna! Great idea and beautiful reasult! I have birds with my GO! Baby cutter and I have used them for baby quilt. I'm happy to find new ideas for them. x Teje

  18. So incredibly sweet, Lorna! I love this! I think it would look so sweet incorporated into a boy's baby quilt too. Absolutely love it! This will be added to my quilting list! Just beautiful!

  19. SarahZ says:

    How adorable! It is just perfect!!!

  20. This is really sweet Lorna, like the colors too. The simple design is what really caught my attention. For some reason I'm drawn to simple things now.

  21. Ioleen says:

    What a beautiful piece. The blues are so striking. Blue Jays on a wire. Love it.

  22. Really sweet birdies! Love the blues as well!

  23. When I first started quilting I bought a book of modern quilts that had birds on a wire in it. I have always wanted to make that quilt. I never thought of a table runner. Duh! I love your blues. Another great finish

  24. JanineMarie says:

    I love the striking simplicity of this. And your blues remind me of my family's old delftware.

  25. I love that you did this with a die cutter! So simple but so beautiful! I just won a Sizzix fabi, so I'm working on my first project with it. I'll be linking it up on Wednesday. 🙂

  26. I love birds so much,haven't done a bird project yet though. I adore the fabrics you chose, especially against that background. I gotta get me some o'that!

  27. Ohh, I just looked closer – in one photo the background looks kind of like a light beige linen, sorry if that other comment seemed a little strange…

  28. Lorinda says:

    They're so cute!

  29. Adrienne says:

    Oh the AccuQuilt. This cuteness is not helping me resist getting one of those things!