The Final Steps for the Chickadee

There is no doubt about it.  Time flies whether we like it or not.  It was my intention to write this blog post shortly after the last post.  I was on a roll!  But, as we all know, life gets in the way and, well, here we are:)  Better late than never.

The first pieces of the Chickadee to be placed on the background are the light tan and dark tan tail feathers (far right in the pic below).  Next, add the dark yellow belly.  IMG_7485 (2)

As I was working on this tutorial, I noticed a small error in one template.  The mistake is in this dark yellow underbelly labelled Y2-1.  The template with the error looks like this….IMG_7484 (3)

It should look like this……Which means the only part of this template that gets prepped is the bottom curve.  Sorry for any inconvenience:)IMG_7504 (1)

So now the next set of tail feathers can be added in this order,  the light tan feather at the top, then the dark tan feather and then the white tail feather.  IMG_7486 (1)

And now we can add the gray tail feather, and the dark tan feather of the next set.IMG_7488 (1)

Next, we can add the final feathers.  You can see that by drawing on the un-prepped seam allowance on all the pieces, things are lining up quite nicely (and stress-free!).IMG_7490 (1)

Next comes the light yellow breast, the black throat and then the white detail.  About that white detail…..IMG_7495 (1)

I always line my white pieces with another layer of white fabric.  This is what I do.  I prep the template piece as usual.  Then I pop the template out and iron it onto another piece of white fabric.  It can be the same fabric or something close.  Next, I draw around it with a blue water soluble marker.  And then I cut this shape out, making sure to cut off all the blue marker.  So the goal is to make this lining piece a smidge smaller than the original prepped piece.

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Now I can take the lining piece and glue it onto the seam allowance of the prepped piece.  And then I glue the entire piece on the background, followed by the black top of the head piece.

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Next I added the beak and the feet.  I have prepped the eye but I cannot find it.  It is here somewhere:)  In my next post, I will show you how I stitch those points.


Til next time….










8 thoughts on “The Final Steps for the Chickadee

  1. I have appliqued for years and struggled with things like this. You have made so many of these steps look so much easier. Can’t wait to start my next project.

  2. That’s a great way to prevent the dreaded “shadowing!” Your bird is so lifelike, I can almost hear him warbling. 🙂

  3. Just wonderful! Will you be teaching anywhere in the US next year (other than Williamsburg)? I would LOVE to take a class from you!

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