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The Aussie’s Fairy Wrens

January 22nd, 2015 | 21 Comments



This is the official title of the seventh block of the Naturalist’s Notebook. A male and female Fairy Wren perched among the Wattle.

This block is only 8.5″ x 8.5″ and I thought it would go fast because it is small. Not!

This took much more time than I had originally thought and the embroidered Wattle took almost as long as the applique. I really love the way it turned out though.

Can you see why I love the Cosmo embroidery thread? Don’t those Wattle flowers look like silk? sigh.




One thing I learned (again) with this block is to not over think the details. Sometimes, I make it more complicated than it needs to be and the end result is too fussy to work.

Needless to say, I removed a lot of stitching through trial and error and in the end? it was the simplest technique that worked the best of course.

This block has lots and lots of tiny applique pieces. I made a lot of adjustments to the original pattern so it will go smoother for you.┬áBut…..the pieces do remain relatively tiny.




With my minimal knowledge of the flora and fauna of Australia, I am pleased with how well it turned out. I studied a lot of references to try and get it right and not embarrass myself.

So with this block in place (like stamp collecting), this is the look so far.




The next block will be located in the lower middle square and this will include that long awaited Dragonfly among the florets of a primrose.

I am seriously trying to get a quilt done for Houston but it is looking highly unlikely with the upcoming schedule. I have a surprise for you about a newly scheduled appearance but I will wait until it is in the can as they say.

I am working over the pattern instructions, corrections and templates on the Fairy Wrens block. When all is ready for you, I will let you know!


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