I have been a procrastinator on this blog hop. I admit it. I started my project last week and finished it the day before it was due. HOWEVER, I'm so excited about it! Thanks Carol for hosting this wonderful hop!
My cousin Lisa brought me some fabric scraps and it had flamingos dressed up for Christmas. I went for it. I hand drafted the flamingo, found some fun fabrics in my stash and went for it!
I used a triple stitch to quilt down my appliques. I love how thick it is.
Then I pulled some new GlaMore Thread from Wonderfil (it's 12 weight rayon with one twist of metallic. It's sparkly!) out and put it to work. I usually use a topstitch needle for threads like these, but it didn't want to play nicely in my machine. So I tried a jeans needle and it worked great.
I used the white for his hat. I gave them curls so you could really see the thread.
I also used the green for the strand of Christmas lights around his body. I did stitch over it three times to get a really thick line. Below you can seed the thread on the left is done three times and the one on the right is only done once.
That GlaMore Thread gives just a little bit of sparkle.
I then finished quilting him with spirals in the background.
I added hot fix crystals to the eye and the Christmas lights as final details. I had to read the instructions on how to glue them down as I hadn't done it in a few years. It worked like a charm and was so much faster than beading. After all, Christmas Flamingos need bling!
Be sure to come back Friday for the release of my new self-published book of free motion fillers called Paiselys, Circles, and Swirls!
And check out all the other amazing quilters on this hop!
I hope you get to quilt today!