Make an Easy Applique Design with the GO! Bird Die

Oct 2, 2015 9:00:55 AM / by AccuQuilt

Hello everyone! This is Lorna of Sew Fresh Quilts. I’m here today to share with you my very first AccuQuilt guest blog post, featuring my "Birds on a Wire" easy appliqué design. This fun project utilizes the GO! Bird die and can be used as a wall hanging or as a super cute table runner.

Bird 1


From my front yard, I will often see a row of birds resting along the power line. And I knew this GO! Bird die would be ideal for transferring this picture to fabric. The backing, binding and bird fabrics are all from the Robin's Egg collection by Island Batik.

The appliqué birds were easy to make. I just ironed paper backed fusible web on the wrong side of six assorted 5" squares and ran them through my GO! Fabric Cutter. You'll find this GO! Bird die is the perfect size for using charm squares. Or for using up some of your scraps!


Bird 2


To make this project you will need:

  • 5" x WOF – Background
  • 10" x WOF – Wire and Binding
  • 6 Charm 5" Squares – Birds
  • 12" x WOF – Backing
  • Batting to cover 12" x 42"
  • Paper Backed Fusible Web

Measured up 3.5" from the bottom of the background fabric and cut it in half along the entire width. For the Wire, cut a 3/4" x WOF strip from the binding fabric and sew it between those two pieces of background fabric, using a 1/4" seam and pressing the seams open.

To make the birds, cut out 5" squares from the paper backed fusible web and iron them onto the wrong side of the bird fabrics. Let them cool, place them on the GO! Bird die, cover with the cutting mat and run them through your GO! Fabric Cutter. Peel the paper off the cut out birds. Arrange them on the background fabric with the fusible side down and press them in place using your iron.


Bird 3


Sew around the raw edges of the birds using your favorite appliqué stitch. I personally like to use a zig-zag stitch. Layer your backing, batting and appliquéd top. Baste and quilt as desired. I used my walking foot and quilted organic wavy lines from edge to edge. For the binding, cut 3 WOF strips from the binding fabric at 2.5" wide, join them end to end, and bind your completed quilt.


Bird 4


This "Birds on a Wire" runner finished at approximately 10" x 42" and would be suitable as a table runner or a pretty wall hanging. Hope you like it as much as I do!

Keep On Quilting On!

This guest post was written by Lorna McMahon, modern quilter, pattern designer and the author of the Sew Fresh Quilts blog. Lorna's use of eye-catching colour and minimalist design has taken modern quilting in an entirely new direction, as traditional piecing methods are used to create a menagerie of animals and entirely new blocks. A few of her signature items are her “Elephant Parade” and “Dog Gone Cute” quilt patterns, which are offered as free quilt alongs. On her website you can learn from her creative processes as she shares her love of quilting, tips and clever tutorials.


Topics: GO! Product Tutorials, GO! Fabric Cutter, Applique, Sew Fresh Quilts


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