9.04.2008

simple bird

~I heard a bird at break of day
Sing from the autumn trees
A song so mystical and calm,
So full of certainties,
No man, I think, could listen long
Except upon his knees;
Yet, this was but a simple bird,
Alone, among the trees.~
William Alexander Percy 1885-1942

This simple bird, hand-embroidered with appliqued flowers is now done. Phew. Took a bit longer than I had anticipated, but coupled with the yellow cabbage rose fabric -- I am SO pleased at how it turned out.

The bag itself was quite easy to sew. But thank goodness for the drawings because I am not someone who can just follow the written word. Draw it out for me and you got yourself one happy lady.

The inside of this bag is that aprony goodness that my GrAnna would have made and worn. Obviously no more explanation why that fabric went into this bag. Just one tiny draw-back about this bag -- it is too small for me to use. I tend to use a purse the size of a suitcase. My husband just looooooooooooves that.



But my girls DO like the smallness of it. And especially the wonky way the handle slides into the other handle as the closure. I just love the colors, the texture of the embroidery and the eclectic choice of fabrics. We'll see how well it does in the bag challenge.

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Edit: Dandy will have our pics loaded for the bag challenge by this weekend. You can go to All People Quilt and take a look at the bags.

18 comments:

StitchinByTheLake said...

Dawn..I'm speechless. Well, almost. The bird is wonderful - such tiny stitches and so even. You do wonderful work. And I love the bag - the fabric choices were perfect. And if your girls don't like it I know where you can send it. blessings, marlene

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

Hi Dawn, I love your bag, and all the work you put in it. I tend to cheat and use the machine for the embroidery, got to many projects to do.... Can we vote? I'll go to the site and see how it works.
Again, your work is gorgeous....
Keep Stitchen'
Bonnie

Dandelion Quilts said...

LOL on the husband comment! It looks fantastic.

Twyla and Lindsey said...

That bird is so cheery and beautiful! I can't believe what a great job you did embroidering it. You are amazing! The whole bag is wonderful and you should be very proud of it!Twyla

fiona said...

i love your bird!simple? my goodness!its amazing:)

Quiltersal said...

Oh, my stars, that bag is yummy! You did such a great job on it, Dawn! Hope they like it in the challenge. Good Luck!

SewAmy said...

Dawn, I love your bag. The bird is to die for.

Kara said...

It is beautiful - what a gorgeous piece of work!

Cara said...

Wow! That is the cutest bag !!! I think you will do great in the APQ challenge! Love the birdie- great work!

Jackie said...

Dawn, I just love your bag!! It is soooo beautiful. I am with your daughters though, I like small bags. This way I am not tempted to keep putting things in it. It is more of a control thing for me. If I had one the size of a suitcase, I would have to put it on rollers!! Good luck on the challenge. Yours is definitely a winner in my eyes.

Knot Garden said...

That is such a beautiful thing! Your embroidery is exquisite and the finished article amazing. I'm not surprised your daughters love it.

duhitsmeagain said...

i love the bird. and yes i am actually saying somthing nice this time. i think you should make something little with like cute little animals and people or something. i dont know. or you could just get me a car! haha so just kidding.

Anna M. said...

I LOVE your bag...it's beautiful! =)

Mary Anne Drury said...

BEAUTIFUL !!! Your work is absolutely PERFECT !! I LOVE the fabrics and colors !!!! You gals both did a great job! I'm heading over to vote for you gals RIGHT NOW !!

Cath said...

Ohhhh that is exquisite embroidery!!! Dawn, you are amazing!!

Now I have to go see Dandy's!!

AJ said...

Love love love it!!! That is so adorable. You did an outstanding job on the little bird.

QuiltedSimple said...

LOVE IT! This is so cute - the fabrics are terrific!
Kris

Red Geranium Cottage said...

OMG I love your bag. Did you stitch that little birdy all by hand?? It is adorable!!!