This little birdie is singing a new song!
Aria ahr-ee-uh: expressive music often heard in opera – she’s a singer!
Check out this incredible fabric from RJR! It’s a Digiprint called Arcadia “Secret Garden” and it makes a fabulous focus fabric for this vintage machine pattern!
The focus fabric kit is available NOW in my Etsy Shop HERE (while supplies last). If you are familiar with my designs, you know you’ll use BOTH sides of the fabric for the machine and binding (use the front) and the stork scissors, thimble, and pennants (use the reverse).
As you can see above, this vibrant digital fabric has a hand-painted look of bouquets of flowers, three different birds, and a soft shadow design throughout.
Using BOTH sides of a focus fabric provides a subtle difference in value that makes your quilts sparkle (or in this case, “sing”)!
In fact with each pattern you’ll learn how to audition both sides of your focus fabrics and your background fabrics- learning the nuances of value – which is a “valuable” skill for all quilters (see what I did there?).
I drew this pattern from my own little machine, my favorite “stork” scissors, and my late mother-in-law’s thimble. I love using my featherweight – there’s just something special about her – so this pattern has a piece of my heart in it.
Below is the original quilt and a Tula version, which had to be PINK (also available as a focus fabric kit)!
To find out how I even know what an aria is, see “Popular Vintage Machine Quilt” HERE about my opera singer daughter.
See the original article “Vintage Machine Quilt Pattern” HERE.
This focus fabric is also available for “Merle’s Bouquet” kit – used as a modern broderie perse (cutting fused flowers from the fabric motif) to arrange the bouquet in a vintage watering can (reversed).
Have some florals in your stash? Pull them out and turn them over! You might be surprised! Individual patterns also available.
Have a great day and enjoy your quilting journey!