HQ Live – July 2019 – Blue Wren Painting


hi welcome to HQ live I’m Vicky Hoth from
Handi Quilter and joining me today is Helen Godden from Australia g’day
everyone nice to be here she is our Sweet Ambassador so sweet
right for our Sweet she knows everything there is to know and Helen, what are
what have you got for us today? Well today I’m going to share a block with
you that’s from my block of the month that I run each year, which this time it
was called feathered friends and you can see it’s nine blocks depicting
Australian birds now with these blocks actually paint them so I want to
demonstrate for you today how I paint a block and share that with you all and
then how I quilt over that painted surface Helen this block of the month is
this something that has passed or couldn’t anyone join at any time and do
this it has actually passed but anyone can join in and still have access to all
the patterns etc all those vlogs where can we find you and how do we get doing
to do this Helen Gordon calm it was easy that was
easy just my name was a dog hey alright alright so they’re painted with special
paints that you were will you’re going to tell us about this you know so let’s
go through the process well first off there’s going to be a pattern for
everyone to print out it’s a PDF that you’ll download and you can print that
out at whatever size you want to make your block I’m going to go with 14 inch
block today and then you’ll know that the size that that’s the size of those
ones as well and then we’ll also have a couple more PDFs one will be the color
chart and one will be the quilting my quilting suggestions so that you can
work from those design she’s gonna give us the quilting yeah little diagrams
yeah I’ll do all that for you and then the paints I use are these beautiful
product here these are Lumiere by jacquard which is actually an American
product but I sell them on my website Helen Gordon calm but the beauty of
these is they are a metallic and a pearlescent finish so these work onto
the black fabric you can see in my quilt those colors are beautifully strong and
have a pearlescent Sheen to them they actually look like I’ve painted with
satin or silk wait here’s one yeah it’s pretty special this one’s down
for that stands for secret weapon Jade so it’s a very special color you can see
how beautiful that is and when you use that in a block
it just looks sensational so the other colors were going to be using today so
is this something you put in probably every block you do pretty well yes it’s
kind of empty it is one of my favorites oh do you mix it no it is an Australian
product but it’s not available here in America it needs only available at home
in Australia so all of these paints can you can find it on your website
absolutely and lots of patterns and brushes and a few other tools all to do
with painting on vision your brush you need two brushes and these yeah these
are a tackle on their a synthetic brush they’re really nice to use and then
otherwise we’ve just got our water which you can source here in America and some
paper towel that’s all you really need to get started okay so let’s move this
aside because the next question that I have is you’re doing this on black how
do you mark it – yeah so I recommend using the black fabric because the
paint’s really look spectacular on the bright but that is a bit of an issue
when it comes to tracing your design okay so normally with a light fabric you
can just put it on top and trace it but for this we need to use a light box or
your window to be able to trace it onto the black fab and then some type of a
white what if you guys oh I’ve got a special white marker here it’s a panda
pencil it actually no pandas were injured in the making of this pencil but
this works beautifully on the black fabric I’ll just show you here okay but the beauty is this will not
brush off from over handling it has to be I under way so it’s perfect perfect
for your dark fabrics so you’re saying don’t use a chart because that you
haven’t wears a chalk but if you over and over handle the fabric you’ve lost
your markings and all your all your work you’ve done okay yeah so this is a way I
love it okay again available you know we’re we haven’t got the tracing on film
for you because using a lightbox and everything and the window is a little
bit tricky but you can see here I have traced that design okay from that paper
pattern onto the black fabric and black fabric cotton
tell me yes so for you here I think the best one to use is one called premium I
actually want one that’s got a little bit of starch in it some of the ones
like the Kona cotton which we know are a good quality they’re actually a little
bit lighter a little bit see-through and they’re not as firm to work on so in
actual fact a slightly lesser quality that has the starch in it is actually
the one to go for if they can’t find that could they starch some Kona
or a different fabric Tim nah I wouldn’t suggest you start it yourself because
quite possibly you’ll put too much starch in it so just buying one that I
had a little bit of starch is better and don’t pre-wash the fabric okay I’m all
about making things as easy as possible so I don’t pre wash my fabric okay but
the other thing here that you might not have noticed is that we’ve got some
cardboard on our surface here to keep it clean but otherwise using the back of an
old cutting mat an old cutting board is a great way to paint onto so if I got
paint onto my surface here it’s water soluble so it yes it absolutely will
come off with a little bit of like window cleaner that kind of thing it
will wash off fairly easily because it is an acrylic paint and it’s water-based
so it’s quite easy and safe for the kitties as they say so I’m gonna move
that pattern out for now she said pattern sorry pattern okay so we love
here and you don’t so good I haven’t got an accent it’s Vicky he’s gotta be back
sent all right so I’m gonna start here this is a little blue wren now he say it
is a he it’s an Australian bird and in real life he’s only about 2 inches with
about a two inch tail he’s so small early if I could have possibly hold one
he would sit in my hand and he’s just gorgeous
and he’s got these bright blue colors and he danced around in amongst our I’m
shrubs and our gardens yeah it’s beautiful
so as you start ruled that is really yeah kind of creamy and it smooth yeah
do you have to stir it or shake it or does it ideally you stir I try to
discourage shaking because you end up with a lid full of paint so if you had
to stir you stir with the other end of your brush and then cleaning
okay this is ready to go and when you start painting do you start at an
outside edge do you work from the center out or do you have any what’s your
thought process whether generally if I was at home I would have this obviously
facing me rather than the camera and I would start from the top and work down
just to avoid your whole you know I’m leaning in the wet paint but just for
today’s demo I’m going to start with the bird and a few other areas and then I’m
just continue painting as we go also but these paints have got a really
high metallic content to them and that’s why they work so well on the black so
it’s only gonna take one application even of the white I’ll go to one coat of
paint don’t have to just keep going on that’s why I love these paints I like to
keep things as straightforward as possible so now you use your little drip
tray your hand yep and you keep that brush upright and I drag that brush
along that line okay it’s all about getting that edge nice and smooth
because it’s going to look like applique in the long run people will think it’s
it’s actually going to look like stained glass applique because we’re going to
leave the black gaps everywhere that I’ve got a thick chalk line on my panda
pencil line I’m not going to paint on that I’m going to leave a gap so that
when we’ve I under way that chalk or that panda pencil we’ve got black in
between every shot okay so after everything’s painted then you iron it
okay so this would be best to use a thicker yes in this case marking so that
you leave some black yeah see clay is good we also later on when we do get to
the quilting our first job will be to quilt in those black lines like our
ditch stitching uh-huh and that’s when you’re going to really hope that you’ve
got slightly wider lines so that if you’re not really confident with your
painting if you’re leaving a wide gap that’s absolutely fun you’ll be happy
later when it comes to the quilting okay I have a question if someone is not a
painter and they say I love what you’ve got here but I want to do applique with
it absolutely yeah a lot of people in my blocks of the month convert what I do
two turned applique or raw edge applique some have even combined the paint and
the fabric they’re doing their own interpretations with my designs and I
just love it I love it but you’re all about the paint I love
the paint because it’s so quick for me Vicki I want to get to my sweet 16 and
start quilting so if I paint this and if I wasn’t talking so much I could get
this done rather quickly and be able to get to the painting as soon as it’s dry
okay and so when we get to the paint II or the quilting how long is this going
to take this to dry do we do one day and then quilt the next if we just go and
have a cup of tea with some milk in it with some milk in it has taken them so
long to get the milk in the tea anyway if we had a cup of tea it’ll be dry and
then we just iron it ready for sandwich in and off we go we can now when you
iron it does that not melt that paint at all no I’m just thinking of everything
now you’re thinking ahead you’re asking good questions but what I recommend is
that we will iron it from the back first chance we locate the white away yes but
then we can still on it from the top so this is fully washable and iron ball so
if you were to use this to make a you know functional quilt that would be good
you can use these paints to paint your t-shirts or paint your shoes or paint
okay once they’re dry they’re permanent once they’re dry they’re not going
anywhere okay you can see I’m using my hand here
as well as it a rest like that so that this is not getting in the paint so you
should have offered to paint the black bits Mickey because this bird actually
has quite a few areas of black on him so they’re already painted there already i
just–can Sadducee black so mines my job so my job’s done so that’s this black
bit since I got you the fabric that was wearing to you and sometimes people say
but what about if I make a little mistake well that sound we can use the
black fabric the sorry the black paint to actually Oh xxxx after all that I’m
doing cuz you don’t have any black here because she doesn’t make mistakes but
then this is my best friend I do not leave home that’s how you fix it I do
not leave home that a sharpie they are permanently in
my handbag don’t leave home without shiny black paint yeah for just little
Corrections you wouldn’t want to write it’s just a little bit if something’s
really so if you haven’t made those edges those lines that really clean then
you now would you do that before or after you take the white lines away yes
yes after the nail art and you’re having a bit of a look yet but I tend to it
with my students I give them a 30 second a sharpie rule so they don’t over use
the shop because it does spoil it a little bit it’s just for those few areas
that you really okay yeah so now I’m just looking here I’m going to dive into
the why we got to have another color here the whites getting there so pretty
a white really is good and you got do we need more clean but I did clean the
brush in the water and wiped it on the paper towel so I don’t need more water
on the brush the water is just to clean the brush okay
so you don’t ever thin this down you could but not not on this project today
perhaps if you wanted to have a washy pail more watercolor look on a lighter
fabric you certainly could water these down and get a much softer look but on
the black we want this strong drama do you have to press this to make it
permanent or is it permanent once it dries if you leave it for I think it’s
48 hours once it’s absolutely dry there is no washing off so but we tend to iron
it because we want to prepare that block for the next stage anyway okay and get
it ready with the backing and the batting that’s right and I’m just going
to jump ahead a little bit here what what batting do you use I really don’t
mind I usually use just a cotton batting for this because the technique of this
one if you’re just making one block that’s fine but when I put all nine
together I have my students quilt each block with the batting underneath and
then we act when we’re finished we trim them back at the sashings and then we re
sandwich the whole thing as a whole quilt so then it will have two layers
two layers underneath the blocks but only one layer underneath the sessions
oh you never sailed in each block before you put the quilt together so that
anyone can do this whether they’ve got a sweet 16 a long arm or a domestic
machine no machine’s gonna work you can use your sweet citizens only 14 inches
so that’s that’s easy on an amazing machine and you could do this on your
long arm on your desti absolutely it’s good for everybody we can all do this
yep and the paintings not that hard either and I find my students they
really find the painting very relaxing it kind of takes you back to a what we
call preschool you call elementary school you know when we used to just
play with paint and have fun and have no rules etc it’s very relaxing technique
so in a class where I have 20 students all talking like crazy we start painting
the room goes dead quiet they’re all just la-dee-da having a good time with
their pain okay so I think we’re going to fast pace this through and we’re
gonna go ahead and finish painting this and you won’t be able to see all that
it’ll be really fun for Helen to paint she won’t I love to have the brush here
and then we’re gonna come back we’re gonna have it ready to start the
quilting process Helen will be ready in just a minute fast pace okay – sorry
painting okay you you Helen oh my gosh this is so beautiful
finished painting yeah now I see some things here I noticed that you kind of
went off the edge yep so even though we did have our line
drawn therefore the edge of the block it’s much better to paint beyond that so
that we know it’s going to get caught up in the binding or in the next session or
whatever it’s always better to go beyond oversized oversized it yep okay
everything’s finished and I see that maybe there’s a spot here that you may
be okay so this is the thirty-second Sharpie rule so just a few little places
like that you might want to adjust at that little bit of sharp in there a
little bit a little bit there just you know tidy up a few things but we don’t
want to overdo it just if you’ve lost like that little bit there if you’ve
lost your black okay I guess that’s pretty good but what you might notice is
that it’s not super neat it’s not all about being absolutely perfect because
this is painted so instead of trying to hide the brushstrokes or hide the fact
that it was painted why not rejoice in that and let it be a little bit brushy
because it is hand painted we want that to have that look I love yours it’s
pretty special isn’t it yeah okay so I know you finish painting it’s dried and
then you actually have been doing some quilting on it well first off we earned
it we’ve sandwiched it and we’ve pinned it but with the pins when you’re putting
the pins in make sure you put them into the black areas because a pin will leave
a big hole in a painted area because this fabric is now a little bit
plasticky because of the paint and any hole we make with the needle or a pin is
going to stage so you’re not going to unpick anything there’s no one picking
to do it there is no eye picking which is okay you just have to learn to live
with something that’s not perhaps how you really wanted it to look but it’s
all practice and improvement you know okay on your quilt back there you did
this with the top fabric and batting yes but today we’re actually going to finish
that yes with a backing so this could be just a single a single small mini quilt
for the wall but otherwise I don’t put the backing on when I’m prepping nine
block become a larger place okay well you know
I’m kind of ready to see you start quilting okay have you decided what
you’re going to quilt I have I’ve got some areas worked out but the first job
is to do the ditch stitching so you still have a little bit more – yeah so
this is where your hope that your black gaps are fairly wide so I’m going to
start with ditching so stitching with my black in those ditches that we’ve
created where the paint isn’t okay and that’ll then secure the whole piece
stabilize it so all those pins can come out and then we’re free to do all the
free motion work so hopefully that stitching in the black
with the black thread really gets us warmed up okay and enjoy and if you’re
not comfortable with doing the straight lines use a ruler you can but these
aren’t painted necessarily super straight so I think just just go with
the flow okay but I always stitch beyond – unravel
yeah I didn’t just come back in again it doesn’t matter if I go through an area
twice or anything like that you know you can stitch back through that same little
track a couple of times just to get to that right because it doesn’t you can’t
see so I’m gonna start in here with my
little blue Ren and give him some feathers on his head some sort of
decorative lines that go with the shape of his head you want all your stitching
to be emphasizing the shape of the bird so it’s not just flat okay
question yeah would you do all of your the bird the leaves all of that before
you ever do your outside feel it doesn’t shouldn’t really matter because this
should be all stabilized now know everything doesn’t matter
no is it now yesterday and you’re there yes do it that’s right okay I am going
to be stitching the whole time in the black thread because if I change to blue
thread right now the blue would disappear into the blue and we get left
with a series of holes because those holes where the needle goes they’re not
going to close up ever so everything’s going to be in black yes yes because
then it shows off my stitching it eliminates the look of the black holes
also the stitching with another thing to note is that it’s going to make the
stitch look a bit straighter the stitches aren’t going to sort of sink or
bed down into the fabric because pain because of the paint again and the
weight of thread that you’re using is about a 40 we’re out of 40 yep okay so I
want that stitching to show off we all want it real fine no not real okay all
right black bobbin thread as well right while
you are making that curve yet so that goes with the shape of the moon so so what you can learn it too it does
make us like a different sound when I’m stitching it up guys
it makes this little pukka pukka pukka noise I can definitely hear that different
smell does it say yep quite liked it but like that sound so I’m just working my
way around adding some detail to ease these feathers on his chest now I put
her back in and add some black in black you know just textured stitch in the
wrong really show no it just gives texture on here I’m gonna do some
feather shape it really does become a life now but if
you notice I keep stitching taking that stitch pattern right into the black and
for using that ditch for the black line to work its way and then move back onto
the area again then here I’m going to come down to the point and then work
back to its way that’s his little tail there little end of the wing so then for
this part I’m going to use my panda pencil just to help me find that line
okay okay and that’ll iron away I’m going to do a bird kind of pattern I’m
going to do flying geese up here even though it’s a blue ring we’re going to
do a flying geese pattern in our quilting okay okay so I start by making
that line that lying man
it just helps I’m going to use my marker again and
just give myself some horizontal marks there just as a reminder I’m gonna come
down the end and stop in the bottom it just makes more sense for me to come
down here but I’m going to make mine blinders I’m using that marker to know
where the picture crop yep that’s okay to go over the second
time that’s quite okay I can display them go back the other way though I can’t taste a patent baby but I
can I think it looks nice on his little tail
there mm-hmm I’ll come back and finish those ones later because I want to show
you in here a design that I call contour stippling okay and what’s going to have
to happen here is it half the design is on this side and the other half has to
look like it’s coming out from behind his tail so that the two halves of this
circles that have linked up okay hind him okay so I start with a an
exaggerated stipple shape now when I go back and go parallel I’m
going to exaggerate on the curves okay so it’ll go not parallel it’ll go it’s
exaggerated at each of the curved areas yeah
we’re going to echo echo but exaggerate it go over exaggerate it’s actually
going to look a little bit like the moon the moon right using that combat in any that age they
are combating they’ve had a little bit there we’ll just write a book like it
goes behind I love that you’ve got that black bear
to travel yeah save so much time I’ve tried it that’s right I try to not cut
my thread so now I’m looking here and I want that to try and look like it
continues so I’m gonna pick up on that flow over here so that’s what I use my
magic finger sometimes magic finger can just make you imagine where it’s going maybe 20 daddy it’s gonna have done some
great loft and you can already see that with that beautiful paint you start to
get the shadow and the highlight and it really shows off that stitching that’s
what I love about it it looks like a piece of silk or satin on there looks
great okay Helen I see this this bar whatever is going across here yep so
let’s turn you yeah I need to turn it because are you going to do across there
I’d like to include my spirit dancers because that’s sort of the the spirit of
Australian I hope you know so I like to include that there and that I do like to
stitch that facing me so it’s okay to rotate rotate the job when I’m not
quilting okay okay I’m going to come over to here and start that little line
of spirit dances and you’ve got the open toe foot on so it makes it easier to see
you were absolutely yet now that quarter inch space in there makes a big
difference there’s no spirit dances we’ve got a very long look how fun that
is okay so we might come across to this side so I’ll just travel travel travel
that’s good at the holiday Miss Piggy holiday all right oh yeah I’m going down
across the top I could’ve but that’s okay that’s okay so I might put some
little fuzzy touch in here you watched it okay that’s Gibby that’s give me all right the often likes to make an appearance he
doesn’t like to be left out that’s a really good example of practice it
before but it’s a good example of how to make something continuous so you
practice that on paper and work out the design whether it be kangaroos or I
don’t know what else could it be so well so the nice thing about this is
is that you you have two paths going mm-hmm you do the Hat top part rather
than try and figure out how to do this okay that’s right and then move on to
make it continuous yeah for the same here with my spirit dancers they just
like a stickman where you draw a stickman and take your pen off the page
like five times well I just ask myself how can I make a
stickman but make it continuous like I’m doing cursive writing so I work it out
on paper until I’ve got my little pattern and then it goes in here and
they don’t have to be Australian man is there anything you like so but I’m going
to have a little play now I think in this area I want to show you something
called abstract spirals okay so we’ve finished with the bird other than you
will go back and I will yes I will don’t turn this around and you are because I
asked about this you’re gonna leave mm-hmm this little breast unquote oh
yeah there’s little feet I might add something to the fete but by the time I
stitch in here and in that little bit there and here in all the orangie bits
this will then stand out and be quite sculptural I raised while the rest of it
is yeah sunk down so okay alright so you’re
gonna go now into this if you’re calling this what abstract spirals okay all
right so for all spirals they start with a
number six the shape and the way that we make a six but in this one the six is
going to be made up of sort of angles straight lines but still a six ok so
I’ll do it this way traveling around the outside of that one
until you find a space in that shape and what you don’t want to do is make them a
perfect looking square you can see they’re a wonky square a wonky square so
many of them will be able to fit together much more easily than trying to
be perfect squares the wonky shape is more forgiving to be able to work our
way into all these little funny areas that we have to get into because we have
to try and make this area look like it’s the background behind the bird and the
leaves so my consistency is that I’m trying to keep the spacing about I don’t
know what’s that quarter of an inch eighth of an inch just something that’s
consistent and then I still use that black gap around me using that face now
what I’ve got here is not a very big area so rather than trying to squeeze a
whole one of these in here I’m going to say to myself let there be half or you
might say let there be half half half early half a one okay
so that it does look like it’s behind the bird so I must prefer to have half a
one than to squeeze in an ugly one because that’s what your eye will go to
right if there’s an ugly one so let there be half in the same way as you
might buy some cat fabric and you need to make a border and sometimes you just
have to cut that cat’s face in half but the cat’s okay but yet let their behalf
and that design will then look like it’s behind the bird okay and again me there’s not much space so
I’m just going to kind of echo and every happen that there be just a partial a
part of my travel there and so the end result is that looks like this with the
piece of fabric with this patent on authorities happy to use in this area so
then here is the thing I notice is you’re very consistent with your spacing
trying to yes trying to keep that width because there was too much you added
some in there do you make that half thats right and it’s amazing the
difference that little bit makes in making it look finished just that little
bit and this can be done on a domestic so absolutely done on your life
absolutely only fourteen each so it’s quite doable
right another half one day yeah I like this
one it’s very forgiving areas right too hard to do anything does
happen with lines that look like they were part of the plan okay if I come out
here I’ve got room to maybe do something just keep using that black while I’m
here neither leaf I might show you how I do the leaves on okay okay there’s
actually quite a few options I might show you a few options for the leaves
I’ve noticed that as you get going on that your speed is increasing you’re
moving yeah master you’re feeling more confident and that’s right but I’m also
looking at that stitch you’ve got to always be watching it and if I think
that stitch looks a bit long the answer is speed up my foot pedal not speed up
my hands okay okay you have to be watching that stitch so don’t change the
hands if the hands are confident this is the speed they want to go make the
stitch look nicer by speeding up the machine okay yeah while I’m in that leaf
I’m gonna go down the center I’ll do a third one to get back to the edge oh
okay sometimes people might think oh that was
very clever to do two and then three it’s literally how much there is a
reason so this one I get back to the edge okay sometimes they’d odds and
evens and even will get you back to where you were or what we’ll take to the
other side the way you did that yeah so another way of doing a legs up in here we could just do some zigzag then you can come back into that food
bag again using that ditch disappear there we go another one is my stack of
rocks idea which is based on the stippling pattern we make a stipple then you putted it off there’s three different styles of leaves
just there I say you could continue to do different styles every one of them
yes yeah okay so you back in there or join me to do that now or yeah I can’t
like that you want us you want to see it finished okay miss Vicki so from here I’m feeling a little bit
stuck to get to that so I am just literally gonna travel all the way
around there oh I would still rather travel then cut my friend and then you’ll travel back to get to
your other beat or so down in here continuing with this pattern okay one under the league yeah so now that I’ve done the tricky bits
I’ve now got a lovely open area to playing and I’ll always stitch past that
border because I’d rather the stitching continued underneath the binding or the
sashing rather than there being that really obvious stopping point so always
always stitch I call this no-man’s land I’ve call it a
tin in the never-never so yeah I’ll stitch out there yes the outback they can fit also I tend to pause my
hand at every sort of corner goodbye closing
the needle goes up and down the first few times and will give me that exact
change of direction if I didn’t pause my hand it’ll be more like stippling where
we just keep going keep going when we get a curved corner rather than an
actual corner so you pause your hand it’s only a split-second enough the
needle to go up and down a few times you know she’s done this before that is
really I love this pattern it’s one of my go-to favorites it just it’s always
fun to see how it’s going to fit together
Alex that have come out there were something I like to do with this design knowledge because it is a continuous pattern I
could actually get my brush now and actually paint back into that design
every second area and it will always work because there’s going to be a
positive and a negative so you just make sure you’ve stained every second area
and just follow it around and what that does for me is rather than the stitching
just being a thin thread that I’m trying to get impact and trying to you know
show off my quilting techniques by painting into that I’ve now given us a
quarter of an inch of showing off that pattern so it gives it even more
emphasis really yeah so I do that quite a bit is actually paint back in there
and what I might do is take the lighter color here and paint it back into the
dark okay darker color and paint it up there so you get a blend of color here
and then there’s other blend on top so it’s like a two-way blended fabric which
would be almost impossible to do in fabric but we can write in paint yeah we
can do whatever we like in paint and would you would you do this same design
yes in here yes because I think that is one piece of cake continue that yes I
would do that up there but um shall we move on to the middle section now yeah
but there’s just one little part you just have to fill that in good point
okay mr. key let’s go there it’s awfully worrying her I’ll tell you what’s worrying me is I’m
just not sure that I’ve done enough well I think I have I think I have yeah
that’s the kind of thing you just got to watch yep but I know down there you need
it yeah I may just ditch this to one of you are you do you need to turn your
fabric because you you can turn I might turn it but while I’m in the black hair
I will just stitch like the word green sort of horizontal lines to go with the
twig but it’s just going to be texture literally taste of some texture little
legs I do like to do so what the travel on this car you know
to get to my legs but I think I’m gonna come back up in
here and show you the bathroom because we will get this finished today
maybe not in front of the camera but you will finish oh absolutely we’ll be able
to see it absolutely this won’t take very long to finish now so for the
background there’s a few options you could just go with your favorite stipple
or whatever favorite pattern you have but I think I want to try and get a bit
of a sunburst idea because this looks like you know sunset or sunrise okay so
this is where I grab my panda pencil again and I’m going to imagine the
middle of my circle here and yep and then draw just some guidelines radiating
out a bit like a clock or something okay now I’m not expecting to stitch on
these lines but is to remind me where where I was aiming for because when I
come down here in amongst the other elements you can get a bit lost trying
to remember thank you that’s my assistant there look at that
you’re gonna come home with me and excellent okay yep so this is where I
say to people to use whatever marker you like as a guideline or directional lines
not trying to draw the whole thing on there but see I’d be quite lost down
here as to what angle right it doesn’t matter if I draw out the top of my
element it’s all going to come away so then up here we’re just gonna make sure
we’ve got some and if you can’t forget that feel of it put a ruler there oh
absolutely yeah put a mark there and put your ruler there and just have those
side lines yeah so I’m just going to go for
straight lines and so obviously to radiate they’re going to be let’s say it
closer together here and they will have to you know pan out as they go out but
those lines are going to make it quite easy for me to maintain that direction
even though I’m having to work underneath oh it’s okay yes because I’m
not sure I quite understand where I lit what you’re gonna put in are you putting
something in between those lines necessarily I lost me foot pedal again
always guys on a holiday and so at this point here right in the
middle it’s going to be going straight out so come back in just a little bit
narrower I have to get drunk around that komari response makes coming what is an easy background to the
generally spectacular but I really could not do it without that free marketing
you can probably lot it will be very hard to do so you could you might think
I could stitch straight across that branch but I don’t want to have the
obvious stitching across a when the branch is meant to be going you know
that way a lot the way your brain works so you
could absolutely use your lure if you want to you know if you’re on a long
time machine or this week 16 the disease in a rollover I’m quite okay with them
not be perfect right the overall effect is what I’m looking for the color and
the detail that the core team can give me but what I love is from a distance
you’ll just see the bird that you come up close and there’s a lot of extra
detail right well too those lights are so important really
lose your ways so here I’m just gonna go horizontal and then come back in here
trying to pick up on that direction again you can really hear the label making
that the outcomes I think I had done that Lee Wow let’s move that over and so that we
can see I know you got you have the top so basically have your leaves left in
there no we’ll get that finished and yes so we can see the finished view but
hella there’s one more little thing yes and I just do the eyeball because
he’s blind he’s a blind so we’re gonna put a little more paint on just a little
bit so you’ll do this after you’ve finished all your quilting okay but he
needs a eye so the easiest way for the eye is to get your brush and use the
blunt end okay and just that teeny little dot of white
and come in here and yes there is not blind you can see that’s great well
Helen oh my gosh this is so fun and you have nine of these in your class that’s
right nine different non different Australian birds each in that 14 inch
block and it’s a block of the month but you can join any time and there’s all
the video content just like this we paint and we quilt and nigut through
this whole design with me it’s a video video of quilting and painting yeah
online that is so valuable how do we find you so that’s Helen Gordon calm for
my feathered friends block of the month okay you’re gonna join me Vicki I am and
for this design yep you can you’ll be able to get a PDF of this design
information yes on how to do it underneath the YouTube video yeah that
you’ll find and remember to subscribe to our You Tube channel handi quilter
youtube channel so that you can watch this video and you can see the finished
results mm-hmm Helen this has been so delightful I’m just like just in here
like oh she almost took that paintbrush out that’s so exciting it is thank you
so much for coming yes long trip yes it is long trip and I know you your arms or
even the hard way I thought you flew okay first
thank you so much welcome and you must both entertaining us today and teaching
us there were so many things I learned on using my machine and I hope that you
as viewers learned those things to take so join us again on another HQ live with
another awesome idea excellent see you there bye I’m gonna
finish that well yeah I wanna finish it go catch that plane and I want to finish
it it’s gonna make sure you