Design your Own Stencil/ Free Motion Practice.

"Funky Bird"
Playing around with the designer edition of the Silhoutte Cameo machine I came up with this bird design. Instead of making my own drawing and scanning it, I used the free form tools that come with the program. I call it Funky Bird and made a stencil out of it.
Took out a piece of fabric, silk screened it with the word *Happiness* in different languages, let it dry, put the stencil on top and colored it with paint sticks.
I enjoy working with this kind of paint since you can easily control the amount of color you want. In this case I put just enough color not to obliterate the words, which are an important part of the design. If you have been reading my blog you must know by now how much I love to work with lettering.
Next, I ironed the fabric to set the paint, sandwiched  it with batting and a backing and started to do free motion quilting.  I used some of Leah's quilting designs http://freemotionquilting.blogspot.com. This piece has been quilted with different kind of threads, we all can relate on how many yummy threads are on the market and...ahem...how many we have collected. I used 12 weight Aurifil around the bird, 40 weight for the flowers and 30 weight for the lower part.
This piece was hung beside a window where the sun was shining to show off the texture that complements this quilting design.

33 comments:

  1. I love this piece and am impressed with the quilting.

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    1. Thank you Annette, love to do free motion quilting with different threads.

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  2. Okay, I thought I loved the armadillos...but this bird is what I really love!!
    And your quilting is beautiful

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  3. Hi Margarita,

    How are you doing?
    I am trying to catch up here because I have missed seeing all your lovely work. Where do I start now? LOL
    Let's just say all your pieces are amazing! :)
    Love that Funky bird and thanks for sharing how you made and used the stencil.
    Hugs,

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  4. Ooooo. The colors are especially beautiful and I love the quilting designs. Well done! Gorgeous!

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  5. ohhhhh great! here funky bird here funky bird!

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  6. A very effective use of those stencils. I like the color choice you made for the funky bird. I was wondering how you got that great photo at the end. What a great texture.

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    1. Thank you Judy, I am falling in love with stencils, since I can design my own. It is not difficult to find a nice window where the sun is shinning here in Florida :)

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  7. Wow! I really like the bird. And the quilting - WOW!!!

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  8. Beautiful! The bird is just darling!

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  9. Beautiful work. I love the Funky Bird!

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  10. I really like this make you own stencil business....I am into making my own unique stuff!

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  11. is this machine similar to the cricut machine?I got that for Christmas but haven't played with it yet

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    1. I've never use the cricut machine but I believe is similar.

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  12. Fun bird and a great way to practice FMQ!

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    1. Thank you Josée, I could never been able to practice FMQ in a plain piece of fabric :)

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