March 27, 2009

Arty Birdhouse (non-functional)

I promise to get over the bird thing soon. Yesterday, I finished the fabric applique birdhouse I have had in my head for a while. Inspired by the gorgeous birdhouses, (that are out of my price range, but sooo worth it) made by Abigail Brown, I decided to give it a go. It will be given to my daughter Lauren, who could use a little pink and lovely in her life. She is the mom of three boys, ages 6, 3, 21 months. Enough said!
When I showed it to my husband, he just said "What is it for...I mean what do you do with it?".

He could not fathom why I would spend two full days sewing this thing. This was not a good sign because he usually "gets it". The dreaded "it is a decorative item" came flying out of my mouth. If there is one thing we don't need around here it is one more decorative item. "Not to worry it is for Lauren", (she can figure out what to do with it, I'm thinking).

Right now I am into that rough edge look. I have found that it is just as difficult to do as the finished applique. It is the spontaneity that I love. There doesn't have to be a lot of planning.
Idea to implementation, and immediate results. This was constructed by hand and machine. It is batted and lined, quilted in spots. You can see the pretty lining through the hole. The fabric on the outside is osnaburg, a rough woven cotton. I then use diluted fabric paint to tint it. The bottom is open, but it sits up nicely. If anyone is interested in making one, I will share the other details, just email me.

Meanwhile, in the pantry/laundry room...I did find a "useful" place for it to hang out until it is mailed out to Lauren. So there, dear husband!

1 comment:

  1. I love your birdhouse. Great job. I have seen Abigail Brown's work too but yours is also cute.


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