Thursday, May 7, 2020

Macaws Quilt ~ A Work in Progress

 Isn't this the cutest?  I'm working on the Macaws pattern by Elizabeth Hartman from the current Quilty Box.

Disclaimer:  The items used in this post were given to me by Quilty Box at no cost to me.
 Here's a pic of how the finished project is going to look.  I think it will be perfect to add a splash of tropical fun to my beach cottage.

 Here's a close up look at the background fabric for this quilt.  

 Have you ever sewn an Elizabeth Hartman pattern?  She has such a cute design style, but there are always a lot of little pieces to cut out.  It's essential to sort and label each piece before you begin sewing so nothing gets mixed up.

 A skinny strip of background fabric.

 Small squares of background fabric.

 And more cutting...

 And labeling...and sorting...

 I used every little zipper bag available!

 This is the gray fabric that will be used for the bird's perches.  I haven't sewn that section yet.

 A collection of colorful bird feather fabrics.  Aren't they pretty?

 Trail Mix.  She wants her cutting mat back.  She enjoys napping under the warm light.

 More fabric for bird feathers.  I love the color and texture of these pieces.

 Cutting the last piece!  Time to sew.

 I decided to sew all three Macaws at the same time.  The pattern begins with the birds face.  The black square becomes the eye.

 I made a mistake right away by mixing up two of the fabrics. Can you see it?  Unsewing - Ugh!

 Three Macaw faces.  I love it.

 Next, the wings are sewn together in long strips.  Aren't these fabrics just the cutest?  Look at those tigers!  The orange fabric with the curves looks like feathers to me.

 Faces and wings sewn together.
 Time to sew some tail feathers.

This is my progress to date.  I hope I can finish this up soon.  It's been fun.  

Be creative ~ Sew something beautiful today.

Jennifer Thomas

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  1. I was just looking at this pattern the other day. You are doing a fabulous job on your quilty box project.

  2. I love your Macaws. I made the Elizabeth Hartman Awesome Ocean pattern last year in a baby quilt size. Yes there were lots of small pieces and every once in awhile I had to take something out and resew correctly. I did enjoy it though but didn't cut all my pieces at once. I only did the preliminary cutting first and then as I did each block I cut the smaller pieces. I also have her Delightful Desert pattern and I want to eventually get the Pretty Birds pattern that your Macaws are from.

  3. I love the look of Elizabeth Hartman's patterns but they sure do have fiddly pieces! This one looks like fun!

  4. I love her patterns, but yes too many little pieces. You definitely have to be organized. Good luck.