Friday Flashback – The Birdcage – New Freebie Design

Hello, and Welcome to another Friday Flashback.  This week we are going to look at a gorgeous Applique collection – The Birdcage.

The Birdcage was first created in 2010, and it was after Grace and Emma – then 5 needed a shirt for a school programme.  The requirement was for the children to dress up with something to do with Easter, and I didn’t want to go for the whole Easter Bunny thing, so instead we went with Eggs and chicks.


I went crazy with these designs, and actually ended up putting 16 different designs in the collection.  My favourites in this collection really are the birds nests, along with the bird houses, and the wonderful birdcage.

When it came to naming this collection, I had to go back to the wonderful Robin Williams movie.  I did think of calling it La Cage aux Folles (the original French name), however I couldn’t spell it, and I figured nobody would know what I was talking about anyway.


The gorgeous little birdies in the collection remind me of the partridge family tv show intro  They are a little retro, and just perfect as a canvas to whatever fabrics you have in your stash.

Applique is really one of my favourite forms of embroidery, and I go to a lot of trouble to ensure they stitch out well.  I use a satin stitch that is a little wider than normal to cover any frayed edges, whilst at the same time not thick enough to make it look totally chunky.  I also like to finish off my applique stitches with an outline, which adds a really clean edge to the applique.


Once I had made the girls their t-shirts, I wanted to do something more with the collection, and naturally – a quilt came to mind.  I used the gorgeous birdcage and bird houses as the focal points, and then surrounded them with the flock of chicks.


Because the girls really didn’t need a quilt at the time, instead I made it into a doona cover, and they alternated who’s bed it was on from week to week.


Initially when I created The Birdcage collection, we gave away a design in this collection as a freebie.  You can access this design HERE.  As a thank you to all of our loyal customers, for the next week we are also offering a second The Birdcage design as a free download.  Simply click HERE to collect your copy.


Thank you for taking this trip down memory lane with me, I hope you have enjoyed looking at this collection, and that it has inspired you to try some of these beautiful applique designs.

Until next time, have a Stitchin’ Day.  Julie


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