Thursday, March 10, 2016

Birds on a Tin Tile Print

Through a Garden Fence
After attending a fantastic plein aire class on tin tile printing given by Teresa Shippy, I came right home and used a tin tile to make four prints using Setacolor fabric paint.  At another time I will post the process for this printing.  I then sashed each printed square with hand dyed purple fabric, backed each of the four center squares with batting so that I could make them dimensional, and then applied batting to the back of the entire top.  On the center stashing pieces I machine appliqued free form leaf shapes and auditioned petals for a middle medallion shape.

Life and other quilting deadlines intervened and almost 3 years passed before I revisited this creation.
While straightening up my studio in anticipation of a friend who will be visiting to quilt with me for a week, I came upon the Through a Garden Fence that I had started a few years back.  I had always envisioned putting birds on this quilt, so I dug out some white cotton fabric and painted birds on it.  After the painting was complete I pulled out tear away stabilizer and embroidery hoop and set about free motion machine "painting" a few birds.  I'm not certain exactly where they will be placed yet, but I may place one at each of the points where the four leaf shapes converge upon the center of the quilt.  Here are the birds...

There are a few deadlines that I need to meet in the next few months so I don't know when I will have the time to return to this work to actually quilt the work and to applique the birds, but I'm hoping to have it completed this year.  
Always remember, never fear to experiment.  
Sometimes wonderful things happen.
© Linda Friedman 2016.  All rights reserved


  1. The birds are so life like! Amazing thread work on each of them. I'm looking forward to seeing how you incorporate the birds and tin tile prints. Will the finish size be 40" x 40"?

    1. So glad you like how this is coming along, Mia. Although I haven't measured it in a while and it is now put away again, I believe it is more like 50" x 50".

  2. Those bird have personality and appear to be letting the world know it too!

    1. Sure had fun making the birds, Mary Beth. I see what yu mean about letting the world know what they are chirping or squawking about. Thanks for dropping in and leaving a comment.

  3. We’ve been stumbling around the internet and found your blog along the way.

    We love your work! What a great corner of the internet :)

  4. To Hill, Thanks so much for your very kind comment. Glad you found me. It's always gratifying to link up with folks across the globe. I just had to peek in at and was quite taken with the tiles. Hope you visit again one day. :-)

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