Saturday, July 27, 2013

July Redwork Birdie Stitches

I have missed having a small handwork project. Another quilter recommended Birdie Stitches Block of the Month by Little Miss Shabby available free online: When I saw it, I knew it was the perfect project for me. The designs are fun and whimsical. There are twelve small projects - one for each month - that are 8" square when finished. Instead of using several colors of embroidery thread, I chose to use just No. 8 perle cotton in red. All I need is a needle, scissors, a ball of perle cotton, and my monthly project. Everything fits in a little bag, and I can take it anywhere.

I printed the twelve monthly designs from the Little Miss Shabby website. Next, I ironed freezer paper to a 12" square of the Kona cotton in Snow. I taped a paper pattern to a window, then taped the cotton backed with freezer paper over the paper. I traced the design with a pencil.

I have done redwork on a single layer of fabric, and the knots show through from the back. I've tried backing the fabric with very lightweight iron-on interfacing, but the interfacing wrinkled. This time I used a double layer of the Kona cotton. I ironed the layers together and used an embroidery hoop. I didn't baste the two layers together, but it has not been a problem. I've been very pleased with the results so far.

I did make one change to the design. I added the name of the month to each block by finding a script font on my computer and enlarging it to 72.

My country, 'tis of thee,
Sweet land of liberty,
   Of thee I sing;
Land where my fathers died,
Land of the Pilgrims' pride,
From every mountain-side
   Let Freedom ring.

My native country, thee,
Land of the noble free -
   Thy name I love;
I love thy rocks and rills,
Thy woods and templed hill;
My heart with rapture thrills
   Like that above.

Let music swell the breeze,
And ring from all the trees
   Sweet Freedom's song;
Let mortal tongues awake,
Let all that breathe partake,
Let rocks their silence break -
   The sound prolong.

Our fathers' God, to Thee,
Author of liberty,
   To Thee we sing;
Long may our land be bright
With Freedom's holy light;
Protect us by Thy might,
   Great God, our King.
             - Samuel Francis Smith

What is your favorite patriotic poem or song?  If you are reading via email, click on the title of the blog to be able to comment or to read the comments of others.

You might also enjoy reading my previous blog post here. 


  1. I started using a very thin iron-on batting for my stitcheries and love the results. It gives the effect of light quilting for extra dimension. I've just starting stitching these as well but in the recommended colours, love the idea of redwork though.

  2. Sweet little birds. Patriotic poem or song? I once memorized The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere as a little kid, and I think I still can quote a lot of it. I also like America, America sung as a round or canon. Also "this Land is Your Land. Well, I like to sing, so anything that isn't too the Star Spangled Banner ... not all that singer-friendly.

  3. Those little birds are so cute.
    Susan did you post July Redwork snowman? I do not see it anywhere, did I possibly miss it?

    Thanks so much

  4. that's so adorable! little birdies with love it

  5. 'God Bless America' is my favorite, and also what I think we need the most.

  6. I also love these embroidery designs. I printed them out quite a while ago so now you have reminded me I need to get started. Lee Greenwood's 'I'm Proud to Be An American' has been one of my favorites.

  7. Very cute birdies! You're going high tech - using computer fonts for your embroidery!


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