Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Eagle Tutorial



I had a huge request for the Eagle block that was presented during the  Celebrate Red, White and Blue Blog Hop.  So I have written up a tutorial and made downloadable files for the templates.  I profess that I do a little fuseable applique so you can certainly adjust my explaination to fit your abilities.



I rough sketched a new Eagle from the original block.  When I started the first block I drew out rough lines and then broke them down into silouhette sections.  You can do this with any picture/drawing for a fun new look.




Next I used a 'fat' sharpie to fill in.  You can use a pencil or color pencil or even crayons - I just happen to have a huge tub filled with sharpies.  **note - you want the coloring to be a dark so you can see for tracing thru fabric**



Print the two - Eagle one and Eagle two -  files:

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B31QkNaJFZ7ydk0zSFpheTZfck0/edit

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B31QkNaJFZ7yTkVjemx6TGc5bkk/edit
   

**Be sure you set your printer 'page scaling' to NONE**  Line up and tape together.



Select your background fabric - keep it light enough so you can see thru it.  Cut at least a 12.5" block.  You can use a larger square if you wish - the Eagle was designed for the 12.5".



I'm lucky to have a home made lightbox - you can use a window or what ever means you have.  Lightly use a pencil or washable marker to outline your shapes onto your background.  This will give you visual placement of your fuseable pieces.




What ever product you use - be sure it is a lite weight if you are sewing it or you will have trouble with your machine.  Follow the manufactures directions on the package.  You can easily get all your template pieces on a 10" square.  So I fused a 10" square onto the back of my chosen fabric.



Carefully cut out your paper template pieces.  I recommend only cutting a few because so many of these look much alike and you will get confused.




**Remember to flip your template over as you need to reverse your pattern since you are making it on the back of your fabric**  Carefully trace around your template and cut out with fine tip sharp scissors.




I recommend starting with the eye and fill around.  Then the beak, head outlines, and then the neck feathers. 




Now have fun in stitching.  I actually 'thickened' up these outlines a little as some are very skinny.  This would make a fun piece to try thread painting with.  I hope you enjoy making the Eagle block and please share with me if you do so, I would love to see them.

Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

40 comments:

  1. wow Sharon this block is amzing,well done.xx

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  2. I love it too... and I can use it for a gift for SIL this Christmas.
    Thanks heaps. :)

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  3. As I've saiid before, you are a very talented lady! Wonderful instructions!

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  4. Thanks, Sharon. This will look lovely on a QOV I'm planning

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  5. Great block, thanks for the tutorial. I have never done "reverse appliqué", but I bet this would make a good block to use that technique on? Have a great day.

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  6. OOooh that is a wonderful tutorial Sharon!! I love that eagle and your tutorial makes it look really easy and fun.

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  7. Wow, this is really amazing! I was wondering how on earth you made that Eagle during the Blog Hop! Beautiful!

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  8. thanks for the great tutorial Sharon and such a wonderful pattern. I want to use this on a QOV quilt. It's just gorgeous!!

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  9. This is stunning! Thanks, too, for the great tutorial :)

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  10. Totally love this! Thanks for sharing your instructions. It's wonderful.
    xx

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  11. Oh yes Sharon I was hoping you would do a tutorial on this! Your eagle block is my favorite so far in the Blog Hop! Thanks for going to the trouble to do this for us and sharing!!!!

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  12. This is beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing how to do this!

    LaDonna

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  13. Cool!! Thank you for the files and the tute!

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  14. Sharon,
    Thanks so much for sharing the tutorial!

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  15. Oh my, Sharon. That was a lot of work! A great 12 1/2" block!

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  16. Thank you for the pattern. It is a great idea and looks wonderful.

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  17. That is amazing. I will have to try it

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  18. Have been waiting for this and Thank You so very much. This will be made in honor of my grandson that we lost in Afghanistan.

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  19. Beautiful Sharon and thanks so much for taking the time to make the tutorial and files for us!

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  20. Thank you very much for creating this tutorial. It's going on my to do list.

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  21. Thanks for doing the hard work to make the block and the tutorial so that we can have fun and play with the block.

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  22. Wow...what a neat tutorial. I may try the silhouette idea on a project I have in mind, if I can find a photo to work from. Thanks for sharing.

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  23. ohhhhhh wow Sharon...when I first saw it I thought it was all stitching...absolutely stunning tut...
    way to go Sharon...you are like this eagle..you just keep soaring to new heights and bring us along for the ride

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  24. I love your eagle block! thanks for sharing the tutorial & templates :)

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  25. You are so very generous to share this tutorial. It makes a great addition for a new adventure in quilting.

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  26. Great tutorial, Sharon. Thanks for sharing your pattern!

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  27. Awesome, Sharon!! Thanks for not only sharing the process, but the templates as well!! :)

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  28. Sharon, Thank you so much for the pattern and tutorial for the Eagle. It is awesome! QOV quilt will look super with it in the center.
    Diane P

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  29. That is so cool Sharon!!! I love it!!! What a fabulous way to do some detailed applique!!

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  30. Whoop whoop!! I loved this block when I saw it and now there's a tutorial - hooray!

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  31. Wow! Ingenuity abounds! So glad I came lookin'.....

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  32. One of the best eagle pictures I've seen. You are so talented. Thank you for creating the tutorial and sharing.

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  33. I love your eagle. I hope I can do justice to it,--My gsons both wanted a red white & blue quilt-and your eagle will set it off fantastically.

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  34. Thanks for helping me out, Sharon! I appreciate it!
    It's working smoothly! Now I can rest easier about the show next week.

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  35. Great blocks and tutorial. Thank you.

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  36. This is amazing....such a good one to rejuvenate!

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