Blue Wren Painting – HQ Live, July 2019

[Applause] hi welcome to HQ live I'm Vicky hot from handi quilter and joining me today is Helen Godin from Australia g'day everyone nice to be here she is our sweet ambassador so sweet right for a sweet she knows everything there is to know and Helen why what are what have you got for us today well today I'm going to share a block with you that's from my block of the month that I run each year which this time it was called feathered friends and you can see it's nine blocks depicting Australian birds now with these blocks actually paint them so I want to demonstrate for you today how I paint a block and share that with you all and then how I quilt over that painted surface Helen this block of the month is this something that has passed or couldn't anyone join at any time and do this it has actually passed but anyone can join in and still have access to all the patterns etc all those vlogs where can we find you and how do we get doing to do this Helen Gordon calm it was easy that was easy just my name was a dog hey alright alright so they're painted with special paints that you were will you're going to tell us about this you know so let's go through the process well first off there's going to be a pattern for everyone to print out it's a PDF that you'll download and you can print that out at whatever size you want to make your block I'm going to go with 14 inch block today and then you'll know that the size that that's the size of those ones as well and then we'll also have a couple more PDFs one will be the color chart and one will be the quilting my quilting suggestions so that you can work from those design she's gonna give us the quilting yeah little diagrams yeah I'll do all that for you and then the paints I use are these beautiful product here these are Lumiere by jacquard which is actually an American product but I sell them on my website Helen Gordon calm but the beauty of these is they are a metallic and a pearlescent finish so these work onto the black fabric you can see in my quilt those colors are beautifully strong and have a pearlescent Sheen to them they actually look like I've painted with satin or silk wait here's one yeah it's pretty special this one's down for that stands for secret weapon Jade so it's a very special color you can see how beautiful that is and when you use that in a block it just looks sensational so the other colors were going to be using today so is this something you put in probably every block you do pretty well yes it's kind of empty it is one of my favorites oh do you mix it no it is an Australian product but it's not available here in America it needs only available at home in Australia so all of these paints can you can find it on your website absolutely and lots of patterns and brushes and a few other tools all to do with painting on vision your brush you need two brushes and these yeah these are a tackle on their a synthetic brush they're really nice to use and then otherwise we've just got our water which you can source here in America and some paper towel that's all you really need to get started okay so let's move this aside because the next question that I have is you're doing this on black how do you mark it – yeah so I recommend using the black fabric because the paint's really look spectacular on the bright but that is a bit of an issue when it comes to tracing your design okay so normally with a light fabric you can just put it on top and trace it but for this we need to use a light box or your window to be able to trace it onto the black fab and then some type of a white what if you guys oh I've got a special white marker here it's a panda pencil it actually no pandas were injured in the making of this pencil but this works beautifully on the black fabric I'll just show you here okay but the beauty is this will not brush off from over handling it has to be I under way so it's perfect perfect for your dark fabrics so you're saying don't use a chart because that you haven't wears a chalk but if you over and over handle the fabric you've lost your markings and all your all your work you've done okay yeah so this is a way I love it okay again available you know we're we haven't got the tracing on film for you because using a lightbox and everything and the window is a little bit tricky but you can see here I have traced that design okay from that paper pattern onto the black fabric and black fabric cotton tell me yes so for you here I think the best one to use is one called premium I actually want one that's got a little bit of starch in it some of the ones like the Kona cotton which we know are a good quality they're actually a little bit lighter a little bit see-through and they're not as firm to work on so in actual fact a slightly lesser quality that has the starch in it is actually the one to go for if they can't find that could they starch some Kona or a different fabric Tim nah I wouldn't suggest you start it yourself because quite possibly you'll put too much starch in it so just buying one that I had a little bit of starch is better and don't pre-wash the fabric okay I'm all about making things as easy as possible so I don't pre wash my fabric okay but the other thing here that you might not have noticed is that we've got some cardboard on our surface here to keep it clean but otherwise using the back of an old cutting mat an old cutting board is a great way to paint onto so if I got paint onto my surface here it's water soluble so it yes it absolutely will come off with a little bit of like window cleaner that kind of thing it will wash off fairly easily because it is an acrylic paint and it's water-based so it's quite easy and safe for the kitties as they say so I'm gonna move that pattern out for now she said pattern sorry pattern okay so we love here and you don't so good I haven't got an accent it's Vicky he's gotta be back sent all right so I'm gonna start here this is a little blue wren now he say it is a he it's an Australian bird and in real life he's only about 2 inches with about a two inch tail he's so small early if I could have possibly hold one he would sit in my hand and he's just gorgeous and he's got these bright blue colors and he danced around in amongst our I'm shrubs and our gardens yeah it's beautiful so as you start ruled that is really yeah kind of creamy and it smooth yeah do you have to stir it or shake it or does it ideally you stir I try to discourage shaking because you end up with a lid full of paint so if you had to stir you stir with the other end of your brush and then cleaning okay this is ready to go and when you start painting do you start at an outside edge do you work from the center out or do you have any what's your thought process whether generally if I was at home I would have this obviously facing me rather than the camera and I would start from the top and work down just to avoid your whole you know I'm leaning in the wet paint but just for today's demo I'm going to start with the bird and a few other areas and then I'm just continue painting as we go also but these paints have got a really high metallic content to them and that's why they work so well on the black so it's only gonna take one application even of the white I'll go to one coat of paint don't have to just keep going on that's why I love these paints I like to keep things as straightforward as possible so now you use your little drip tray your hand yep and you keep that brush upright and I drag that brush along that line okay it's all about getting that edge nice and smooth because it's going to look like applique in the long run people will think it's it's actually going to look like stained glass applique because we're going to leave the black gaps everywhere that I've got a thick chalk line on my panda pencil line I'm not going to paint on that I'm going to leave a gap so that when we've I under way that chalk or that panda pencil we've got black in between every shot okay so after everything's painted then you iron it okay so this would be best to use a thicker yes in this case marking so that you leave some black yeah see clay is good we also later on when we do get to the quilting our first job will be to quilt in those black lines like our ditch stitching uh-huh and that's when you're going to really hope that you've got slightly wider lines so that if you're not really confident with your painting if you're leaving a wide gap that's absolutely fun you'll be happy later when it comes to the quilting okay I have a question if someone is not a painter and they say I love what you've got here but I want to do applique with it absolutely yeah a lot of people in my blocks of the month convert what I do two turned applique or raw edge applique some have even combined the paint and the fabric they're doing their own interpretations with my designs and I just love it I love it but you're all about the paint I love the paint because it's so quick for me Vicki I want to get to my sweet 16 and start quilting so if I paint this and if I wasn't talking so much I could get this done rather quickly and be able to get to the painting as soon as it's dry okay and so when we get to the paint II or the quilting how long is this going to take this to dry do we do one day and then quilt the next if we just go and have a cup of tea with some milk in it with some milk in it has taken them so long to get the milk in the tea anyway if we had a cup of tea it'll be dry and then we just iron it ready for sandwich in and off we go we can now when you iron it does that not melt that paint at all no I'm just thinking of everything now you're thinking ahead you're asking good questions but what I recommend is that we will iron it from the back first chance we locate the white away yes but then we can still on it from the top so this is fully washable and iron ball so if you were to use this to make a you know functional quilt that would be good you can use these paints to paint your t-shirts or paint your shoes or paint okay once they're dry they're permanent once they're dry they're not going anywhere okay you can see I'm using my hand here as well as it a rest like that so that this is not getting in the paint so you should have offered to paint the black bits Mickey because this bird actually has quite a few areas of black on him so they're already painted there already i just–can Sadducee black so mines my job so my job's done so that's this black bit since I got you the fabric that was wearing to you and sometimes people say but what about if I make a little mistake well that sound we can use the black fabric the sorry the black paint to actually Oh xxxx after all that I'm doing cuz you don't have any black here because she doesn't make mistakes but then this is my best friend I do not leave home that's how you fix it I do not leave home that a sharpie they are permanently in my handbag don't leave home without shiny black paint yeah for just little Corrections you wouldn't want to write it's just a little bit if something's really so if you haven't made those edges those lines that really clean then you now would you do that before or after you take the white lines away yes yes after the nail art and you're having a bit of a look yet but I tend to it with my students I give them a 30 second a sharpie rule so they don't over use the shop because it does spoil it a little bit it's just for those few areas that you really okay yeah so now I'm just looking here I'm going to dive into the why we got to have another color here the whites getting there so pretty a white really is good and you got do we need more clean but I did clean the brush in the water and wiped it on the paper towel so I don't need more water on the brush the water is just to clean the brush okay so you don't ever thin this down you could but not not on this project today perhaps if you wanted to have a washy pail more watercolor look on a lighter fabric you certainly could water these down and get a much softer look but on the black we want this strong drama do you have to press this to make it permanent or is it permanent once it dries if you leave it for I think it's 48 hours once it's absolutely dry there is no washing off so but we tend to iron it because we want to prepare that block for the next stage anyway okay and get it ready with the backing and the batting that's right and I'm just going to jump ahead a little bit here what what batting do you use I really don't mind I usually use just a cotton batting for this because the technique of this one if you're just making one block that's fine but when I put all nine together I have my students quilt each block with the batting underneath and then we act when we're finished we trim them back at the sashings and then we re sandwich the whole thing as a whole quilt so then it will have two layers two layers underneath the blocks but only one layer underneath the sessions oh you never sailed in each block before you put the quilt together so that anyone can do this whether they've got a sweet 16 a long arm or a domestic machine no machine's gonna work you can use your sweet citizens only 14 inches so that's that's easy on an amazing machine and you could do this on your long arm on your desti absolutely it's good for everybody we can all do this yep and the paintings not that hard either and I find my students they really find the painting very relaxing it kind of takes you back to a what we call preschool you call elementary school you know when we used to just play with paint and have fun and have no rules etc it's very relaxing technique so in a class where I have 20 students all talking like crazy we start painting the room goes dead quiet they're all just la-dee-da having a good time with their pain okay so I think we're going to fast pace this through and we're gonna go ahead and finish painting this and you won't be able to see all that it'll be really fun for Helen to paint she won't I love to have the brush here and then we're gonna come back we're gonna have it ready to start the quilting process Helen will be ready in just a minute fast pace okay – sorry painting okay you you Helen oh my gosh this is so beautiful finished painting yeah now I see some things here I noticed that you kind of went off the edge yep so even though we did have our line drawn therefore the edge of the block it's much better to paint beyond that so that we know it's going to get caught up in the binding or in the next session or whatever it's always better to go beyond oversized oversized it yep okay everything's finished and I see that maybe there's a spot here that you may be okay so this is the thirty-second Sharpie rule so just a few little places like that you might want to adjust at that little bit of sharp in there a little bit a little bit there just you know tidy up a few things but we don't want to overdo it just if you've lost like that little bit there if you've lost your black okay I guess that's pretty good but what you might notice is that it's not super neat it's not all about being absolutely perfect because this is painted so instead of trying to hide the brushstrokes or hide the fact that it was painted why not rejoice in that and let it be a little bit brushy because it is hand painted we want that to have that look I love yours it's pretty special isn't it yeah okay so I know you finish painting it's dried and then you actually have been doing some quilting on it well first off we earned it we've sandwiched it and we've pinned it but with the pins when you're putting the pins in make sure you put them into the black areas because a pin will leave a big hole in a painted area because this fabric is now a little bit plasticky because of the paint and any hole we make with the needle or a pin is going to stage so you're not going to unpick anything there's no one picking to do it there is no eye picking which is okay you just have to learn to live with something that's not perhaps how you really wanted it to look but it's all practice and improvement you know okay on your quilt back there you did this with the top fabric and batting yes but today we're actually going to finish that yes with a backing so this could be just a single a single small mini quilt for the wall but otherwise I don't put the backing on when I'm prepping nine block become a larger place okay well you know I'm kind of ready to see you start quilting okay have you decided what you're going to quilt I have I've got some areas worked out but the first job is to do the ditch stitching so you still have a little bit more – yeah so this is where your hope that your black gaps are fairly wide so I'm going to start with ditching so stitching with my black in those ditches that we've created where the paint isn't okay and that'll then secure the whole piece stabilize it so all those pins can come out and then we're free to do all the free motion work so hopefully that stitching in the black with the black thread really gets us warmed up okay and enjoy and if you're not comfortable with doing the straight lines use a ruler you can but these aren't painted necessarily super straight so I think just just go with the flow okay but I always stitch beyond – unravel yeah I didn't just come back in again it doesn't matter if I go through an area twice or anything like that you know you can stitch back through that same little track a couple of times just to get to that right because it doesn't you can't see so I'm gonna start in here with my little blue Ren and give him some feathers on his head some sort of decorative lines that go with the shape of his head you want all your stitching to be emphasizing the shape of the bird so it's not just flat okay question yeah would you do all of your the bird the leaves all of that before you ever do your outside feel it doesn't shouldn't really matter because this should be all stabilized now know everything doesn't matter no is it now yesterday and you're there yes do it that's right okay I am going to be stitching the whole time in the black thread because if I change to blue thread right now the blue would disappear into the blue and we get left with a series of holes because those holes where the needle goes they're not going to close up ever so everything's going to be in black yes yes because then it shows off my stitching it eliminates the look of the black holes also the stitching with another thing to note is that it's going to make the stitch look a bit straighter the stitches aren't going to sort of sink or bed down into the fabric because pain because of the paint again and the weight of thread that you're using is about a 40 we're out of 40 yep okay so I want that stitching to show off we all want it real fine no not real okay all right black bobbin thread as well right while you are making that curve yet so that goes with the shape of the moon so so what you can learn it too it does make us like a different sound when I'm stitching it up guys it makes this little pukka pukka pukka noise I can definitely hear that different smell does it say yep quite liked it but like that sound so I'm just working my way around adding some detail to ease these feathers on his chest now I put her back in and add some black in black you know just textured stitch in the wrong really show no it just gives texture on here I'm gonna do some feather shape it really does become a life now but if you notice I keep stitching taking that stitch pattern right into the black and for using that ditch for the black line to work its way and then move back onto the area again then here I'm going to come down to the point and then work back to its way that's his little tail there little end of the wing so then for this part I'm going to use my panda pencil just to help me find that line okay okay and that'll iron away I'm going to do a bird kind of pattern I'm going to do flying geese up here even though it's a blue ring we're going to do a flying geese pattern in our quilting okay okay so I start by making that line [Applause] [Applause] that lying man it just helps [Applause] I'm going to use my marker again and just give myself some horizontal marks there just as a reminder I'm gonna come down the end and stop in the bottom it just makes more sense for me to come down here but I'm going to make mine blinders I'm using that marker to know where the picture crop yep that's okay to go over the second time that's quite okay I can display them go back the other way though I can't taste a patent baby but I can I think it looks nice on his little tail there mm-hmm I'll come back and finish those ones later because I want to show you in here a design that I call contour stippling okay and what's going to have to happen here is it half the design is on this side and the other half has to look like it's coming out from behind his tail so that the two halves of this circles that have linked up okay hind him okay so I start with a an exaggerated stipple shape now when I go back and go parallel I'm going to exaggerate on the curves okay so it'll go not parallel it'll go it's exaggerated at each of the curved areas yeah we're going to echo echo but exaggerate it go over exaggerate it's actually going to look a little bit like the moon the moon right [Applause] using that combat in any that age they are combating they've had a little bit there we'll just write a book like it goes behind I love that you've got that black bear to travel yeah save so much time I've tried it that's right I try to not cut my thread so now I'm looking here and I want that to try and look like it continues so I'm gonna pick up on that flow over here so that's what I use my magic finger sometimes magic finger can just make you imagine where it's going [Applause] maybe 20 daddy it's gonna have done some great loft and you can already see that with that beautiful paint you start to get the shadow and the highlight and it really shows off that stitching that's what I love about it it looks like a piece of silk or satin on there looks great okay Helen I see this this bar whatever is going across here yep so let's turn you yeah I need to turn it because are you going to do across there I'd like to include my spirit dancers because that's sort of the the spirit of Australian I hope you know so I like to include that there and that I do like to stitch that facing me so it's okay to rotate rotate the job when I'm not quilting okay okay I'm going to come over to here and start that little line of spirit dances and you've got the open toe foot on so it makes it easier to see you were absolutely yet now that quarter inch space in there makes a big difference there's no spirit dances we've got a very long look how fun that is okay so we might come across to this side so I'll just travel travel travel that's good at the holiday Miss Piggy holiday all right oh yeah I'm going down across the top I could've but that's okay that's okay so I might put some little fuzzy touch in here you watched it okay that's Gibby that's give me all right the often likes to make an appearance he doesn't like to be left out that's a really good example of practice it before but it's a good example of how to make something continuous so you practice that on paper and work out the design whether it be kangaroos or I don't know what else could it be so well so the nice thing about this is is that you you have two paths going mm-hmm you do the Hat top part rather than try and figure out how to do this okay that's right and then move on to make it continuous yeah for the same here with my spirit dancers they just like a stickman where you draw a stickman and take your pen off the page like five times well I just ask myself how can I make a stickman but make it continuous like I'm doing cursive writing so I work it out on paper until I've got my little pattern and then it goes in here and they don't have to be Australian man is there anything you like so but I'm going to have a little play now I think in this area I want to show you something called abstract spirals okay so we've finished with the bird other than you will go back and I will yes I will don't turn this around and you are because I asked about this you're gonna leave mm-hmm this little breast unquote oh yeah there's little feet I might add something to the fete but by the time I stitch in here and in that little bit there and here in all the orangie bits this will then stand out and be quite sculptural I raised while the rest of it is yeah sunk down so okay alright so you're gonna go now into this if you're calling this what abstract spirals okay all right so for all spirals they start with a number six the shape and the way that we make a six but in this one the six is going to be made up of sort of angles straight lines but still a six ok so I'll do it this way [Applause] traveling around the outside of that one until you find a space in that shape and what you don't want to do is make them a perfect looking square you can see they're a wonky square a wonky square so many of them will be able to fit together much more easily than trying to be perfect squares the wonky shape is more forgiving to be able to work our way into all these little funny areas that we have to get into because we have to try and make this area look like it's the background behind the bird and the leaves so my consistency is that I'm trying to keep the spacing about I don't know what's that quarter of an inch eighth of an inch just something that's consistent and then I still use that black gap around me using that face now what I've got here is not a very big area so rather than trying to squeeze a whole one of these in here I'm going to say to myself let there be half or you might say let there be half half half early half a one okay so that it does look like it's behind the bird so I must prefer to have half a one than to squeeze in an ugly one because that's what your eye will go to right if there's an ugly one so let there be half in the same way as you might buy some cat fabric and you need to make a border and sometimes you just have to cut that cat's face in half but the cat's okay but yet let their behalf and that design will then look like it's behind the bird okay and again me there's not much space so I'm just going to kind of echo and every happen that there be just a partial a part of my travel there and so the end result is that looks like this with the piece of fabric with this patent on authorities happy to use in this area so then here is the thing I notice is you're very consistent with your spacing trying to yes trying to keep that width because there was too much you added some in there do you make that half thats right and it's amazing the difference that little bit makes in making it look finished just that little bit and this can be done on a domestic so absolutely done on your life absolutely only fourteen each so it's quite doable right another half one day yeah I like this one it's very forgiving [Applause] [Applause] areas right too hard to do anything does happen with lines that look like they were part of the plan okay if I come out here I've got room to maybe do something just keep using that black while I'm here neither leaf I might show you how I do the leaves on okay okay there's actually quite a few options I might show you a few options for the leaves I've noticed that as you get going on that your speed is increasing you're moving yeah master you're feeling more confident and that's right but I'm also looking at that stitch you've got to always be watching it and if I think that stitch looks a bit long the answer is speed up my foot pedal not speed up my hands okay okay you have to be watching that stitch so don't change the hands if the hands are confident this is the speed they want to go make the stitch look nicer by speeding up the machine okay yeah while I'm in that leaf I'm gonna go down the center I'll do a third one to get back to the edge oh okay sometimes people might think oh that was very clever to do two and then three it's literally how much there is a reason so this one I get back to the edge okay sometimes they'd odds and evens and even will get you back to where you were or what we'll take to the other side the way you did that yeah so another way of doing a legs up in here we could just do some zigzag then you can come back into that food bag again using that ditch disappear there we go another one is my stack of rocks idea which is based on the stippling pattern we make a stipple then you putted it off there's three different styles of leaves just there I say you could continue to do different styles every one of them yes yeah okay so you back in there or join me to do that now or yeah I can't like that you want us you want to see it finished okay miss Vicki [Applause] [Applause] so from here I'm feeling a little bit stuck to get to that so I am just literally gonna travel all the way around there oh I would still rather travel then cut my friend and then you'll travel back to get to your other beat or so down in here continuing with this pattern okay [Applause] one under the league yeah so now that I've done the tricky bits I've now got a lovely open area to playing and I'll always stitch past that border because I'd rather the stitching continued underneath the binding or the sashing rather than there being that really obvious stopping point so always always stitch I call this no-man's land I've call it a tin in the never-never so yeah I'll stitch out there yes the outback [Applause] they can fit also I tend to pause my hand at every sort of corner goodbye closing the needle goes up and down the first few times and will give me that exact change of direction if I didn't pause my hand it'll be more like stippling where we just keep going keep going when we get a curved corner rather than an actual corner so you pause your hand it's only a split-second enough the needle to go up and down a few times [Applause] you know she's done this before that is really I love this pattern it's one of my go-to favorites it just it's always fun to see how it's going to fit together Alex that have come out there were something I like to do with this design knowledge [Applause] because it is a continuous pattern I could actually get my brush now and actually paint back into that design every second area and it will always work because there's going to be a positive and a negative so you just make sure you've stained every second area and just follow it around and what that does for me is rather than the stitching just being a thin thread that I'm trying to get impact and trying to you know show off my quilting techniques by painting into that I've now given us a quarter of an inch of showing off that pattern so it gives it even more emphasis really yeah so I do that quite a bit is actually paint back in there and what I might do is take the lighter color here and paint it back into the dark okay darker color and paint it up there so you get a blend of color here and then there's other blend on top so it's like a two-way blended fabric which would be almost impossible to do in fabric but we can write in paint yeah we can do whatever we like in paint and would you would you do this same design yes in here yes because I think that is one piece of cake continue that yes I would do that up there but um shall we move on to the middle section now yeah but there's just one little part you just have to fill that in good point okay mr. key let's go there it's awfully worrying her I'll tell you what's worrying me is I'm just not sure that I've done enough well I think I have I think I have yeah that's the kind of thing you just got to watch yep but I know down there you need it yeah I may just ditch this to one of you are you do you need to turn your fabric because you you can turn I might turn it but while I'm in the black hair I will just stitch like the word green sort of horizontal lines to go with the twig but it's just going to be texture literally taste of some texture little legs I do like to do so what the travel on this car you know to get to my legs but I think I'm gonna come back up in here and show you the bathroom because we will get this finished today maybe not in front of the camera but you will finish oh absolutely we'll be able to see it absolutely this won't take very long to finish now so for the background there's a few options you could just go with your favorite stipple or whatever favorite pattern you have but I think I want to try and get a bit of a sunburst idea because this looks like you know sunset or sunrise okay so this is where I grab my panda pencil again and I'm going to imagine the middle of my circle here and yep and then draw just some guidelines radiating out a bit like a clock or something okay now I'm not expecting to stitch on these lines but is to remind me where where I was aiming for because when I come down here in amongst the other elements you can get a bit lost trying to remember thank you that's my assistant there look at that you're gonna come home with me and excellent okay yep so this is where I say to people to use whatever marker you like as a guideline or directional lines not trying to draw the whole thing on there but see I'd be quite lost down here as to what angle right it doesn't matter if I draw out the top of my element it's all going to come away so then up here we're just gonna make sure we've got some and if you can't forget that feel of it put a ruler there oh absolutely yeah put a mark there and put your ruler there and just have those side lines yeah so I'm just going to go for straight lines and so obviously to radiate they're going to be let's say it closer together here and they will have to you know pan out as they go out but those lines are going to make it quite easy for me to maintain that direction even though I'm having to work underneath oh it's okay yes because I'm not sure I quite understand where I lit what you're gonna put in are you putting something in between those lines necessarily I lost me foot pedal again always guys on a holiday and so at this point here right in the middle it's going to be going straight out so come back in just a little bit narrower [Applause] I have to get drunk around that komari response makes coming what is an easy background to the generally spectacular but I really could not do it without that free marketing you can probably lot it will be very hard to do so you could you might think I could stitch straight across that branch but I don't want to have the obvious stitching across a when the branch is meant to be going you know that way a lot the way your brain works so you could absolutely use your lure if you want to you know if you're on a long time machine or this week 16 the disease in a rollover I'm quite okay with them not be perfect right the overall effect is what I'm looking for the color and the detail that the core team can give me but what I love is from a distance you'll just see the bird that you come up close and there's a lot of extra detail right well too [Applause] [Applause] [Applause] those lights are so important really lose your ways so here I'm just gonna go horizontal and then come back in here trying to pick up on that direction again you can really hear the label making that the outcomes I think I had done that Lee [Applause] [Applause] Wow let's move that over and so that we can see I know you got you have the top so basically have your leaves left in there no we'll get that finished and yes so we can see the finished view but hella there's one more little thing yes and I just do the eyeball because he's blind he's a blind so we're gonna put a little more paint on just a little bit so you'll do this after you've finished all your quilting okay but he needs a eye so the easiest way for the eye is to get your brush and use the blunt end okay and just that teeny little dot of white and come in here and yes there is not blind you can see that's great well Helen oh my gosh this is so fun and you have nine of these in your class that's right nine different non different Australian birds each in that 14 inch block and it's a block of the month but you can join any time and there's all the video content just like this we paint and we quilt and nigut through this whole design with me it's a video video of quilting and painting yeah online that is so valuable how do we find you so that's Helen Gordon calm for my feathered friends block of the month okay you're gonna join me Vicki I am and for this design yep you can you'll be able to get a PDF of this design information yes on how to do it underneath the YouTube video yeah that you'll find and remember to subscribe to our You Tube channel handi quilter youtube channel so that you can watch this video and you can see the finished results mm-hmm Helen this has been so delightful I'm just like just in here like oh she almost took that paintbrush out that's so exciting it is thank you so much for coming yes long trip yes it is long trip and I know you your arms or even the hard way I thought you flew okay first thank you so much welcome and you must both entertaining us today and teaching us there were so many things I learned on using my machine and I hope that you as viewers learned those things to take so join us again on another HQ live with another awesome idea excellent see you there bye I'm gonna finish that well yeah I wanna finish it go catch that plane and I want to finish it it's gonna make sure you


  1. i am excited! I think I found myself though your art. Just quilting wasn't doing it for me. pattern downloaded. Cant wait! Thank you! so much.

  2. Hi Helen! I understand you'll be teaching at the Houston Quilt festival this fall… will you also have a booth?

  3. This was so fun!! Beautiful results with those paints! I also loved watching Helen's quilting. She makes it all look so fun and easy to do.

  4. Panda pencil… all I can find on line is pencils with pandas on them . Thanks but what do I look under

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