Thursday, August 25, 2011

Nebraska, Birds and Flowers?

What a week this has been!  I had an opportunity to fly to Nebraska on Monday.  What is in Nebraska? you say.  Well it happens to be home to a product I use a lot. The AccuQuilt company is based in Fremont, NE.  So I got to take a tour of the company and met some wonderful people there.  I met everyone from the secretaries, to customer service, to IT (information technology -aka computer) folks, to the CEO and CFO of the company and others.  Today's post will not have pictures from that tour or even from the Nebraska trip. (Yes this part is a teaser for a future post.) 

While I was gone I did get a new die for my Go! cutter.  I got the cute little GO! bird.  I told a dear friend about it and she asked if I would put fusible on some scraps and cut some birds for her.  You bet I would! 
I told you that they are cute!  If you fold the fabric so that part is face up and part is face down, you get birds that face both directions. 
So after I cut these I said, now what to do with the scraps. Good fabric, good fusible - I am NOT throwing it away. 
Here are what the pieces looked like.
There are some nice pieces left.  So I said "What die has smaller pieces that I can layer these over and get extra play pieces from?"
Oooh...the Daisy die is a sure winner for that. 
Kinda ignore my sloppy outlining of the shapes on the daisy die. 

I also had some purple batik scraps with fusible.  So I cut these pieces.
Circles and petals - which may become something else altogether once I start playing fabric artist.  Some of the petals are not perfect as the pieces didn't quite cover the shapes.  Guess what- all leaves and petals in nature aren't perfect either!

There was one larger piece of blue left. But I saw possibilities if I didn't cut it with the die -so for now it looks like this.  I drew some wobbly lines on it with the photo editor. 
The black outline could be a head and torso. The aqua outline could be an urn or vase. So I will see if that plays into my plans when I start putting the "puzzles" together.  I am leaving the option open. 

There were some other small scraps too. I suppose most people would throw them in the trash.  But I used some very small pieces on the last fused piece I did.  So I am saving these:
I already see some little blue tree branches.... 

Reminder - stay open to creativity.  Look for unexpected shapes that delight your eyes.  Play! Create! Love life!

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Pat said...

I'm smiling!!! :)

Barb said...

I have that bird die it...just need to find the time to play with it....

Stray Stitches (Linda G) said...

Sounds like you had a great trip.
Great things are developing from your cutter :)

Lee Nakamoto said...

Love the post Gene, it was a pleasure meeting you, can't wait to you visit us again.

Royce said...

The birds are very cute I can see you doing a lot with them. I bet your tour of Accuquilt was a ton of fun. I too love the negative shapes you get with the cutter. I use a lot of mine for my smaller post card/ATC projects. They are just to neat to toss out.

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SewCalGal said...

Chirp Chirp. Love your birds.


Katrina said...

Love the birds! I love using my bits of fusible and fabric up with my dies :-D I don't have the daisy die, yet, but I love the Rose of Sharon die for that purpose. Great post!

IHaveANotion ~ Kelly Jackson said...

I"m glad you had fun and I'm with you Gene....I don't throw that stuff out. As a matter of fact...I trash pick at Market! Yep...when those folks are demoing...I grab their trash and give it away when I get home...waste not want not :)