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Once again we've been busy at the shop, sewing up all of the projects we envisioned while creating our new in house designed and printed collection. Blackbird celebrates the nurturing spirit that we all share. While designing the line, my mind kept returning to our children and how, like mother birds, we cherish them while they are small, giving them the love and the skills they will need to one day, as Paul McCartney croons, take those wings and learn to fly.
I've been lucky that my daughter is a bit of a creative sponge, eager to learn about the natural world around her. Inspired by my Dad's new interest in bird watching, she and I have enjoyed learning about our backyard avian friends. In fact, we've accumulated a number of feeders in our yard.
My daughter and her friend moved the feeders in hopes of inviting them to their picnic spot. As you can likely tell, we get lots of hummingbirds, finches, woodpeckers, and of course blackbirds.
On this hot day, the rompers provided comfortable attire for these budding birders! The pattern is the Sommer Romper by Violette Fields Threads.
The back bodice and waist have elastic for ease of fit and play. And with the slim fit, you can sew it up in knits or wovens.
And both girls loved the contrast trim on the shorts!
With their trusty guide books in hand, they were ready to capture some sightings in their field notebooks.
Told in two color stories that can easily work separately or in harmony, Blackbird truly sings a lyrical song that balances sweetness and sophistication in equal measure.
The pillows each represent one of the color stories. The log cabin block remains one of my favorites - simple in design and assembly while showing off the overall prints beautifully. Of course, the same could be said for the gorgeous quilt. The pattern is The Scout Quilt, available in our shop from Cluck Cluck Sew. I love that the feathered design mirrors the Herringbone fabric in the Blackbird collection itself!
Those scraped up knees are certainly the marks of a girl having a fun summer! After a few more entries into their notebooks the girls were ready to move on to their next activity.
Bird Bingo was a natural choice of course. It's a good thing our Blackbird Project panels sew up into such plush pillows; they doubled as comfortable seating for their game! With the coordinating 4 strips of fabric included in the panel, they sew up into 26" Euro Sized pillow cushions.
For the back, we used the soaring Blackbird fabrics, and finished them up with a bit of marigold ball trim.
Looks like someone is just about to call out BINGO!
And if that wasn't enough to keep these girls busy, they also tried their hand at decoupaging some bird houses - because everything looks better covered in fabric, no?!
It's amazing what a little Mod Podge and some brushes can do to some of those great unfinished wooden pieces at your local craft store.
My daughter's friend had never tried before and she took to it like....well, like a bird takes to a feeder!
The fabrics offer some fun opportunities for fussy cutting. My daughter was particularly happy to find a nice use for that strip of Garden Gate fabric.
Decoupage is a great way for your kids to put to use all of those scraps that are littering the sewing room floor!
I hope you'll try any or all of these fun makes, and be sure to tag your projects with #BlackbirdFabric and #HawthorneThreads so we can share.
Seeing these girls have so much fun, making something beautiful with the very fabrics that we designed, it's easy to feel lucky to be a part of such a creative community.
And sometimes, when the news brings so much darkness, it's good to remember the good, and look to the light in the world.
And speaking of keeping an eye out, be on the lookout for follow up post for more on another Blackbird project your daughter will love!
In the meantime, get a peek at that project and all of the above in our Blackbird Inspiration Video!