Embroidered Animals
State Flower Shields Quilt

North American Birds

MC1456B

Here's another little gem from McCALL (c. 1949) that I've had tucked away in my shoe box.  I've had this pattern for ages, hoping to find another one printed with blue ink--not yellow ink, like this one that was intended for stamping onto darker colors. 

I've found this type of yellow transfer the hardest to reproduce due to the lack of contrast between the color of the paper (yellow with age in this case) and the ink.  

In short, we must proceed delicately in a most persnickety fashion.

JaybirdSo that's just what I did and when all was said and done, it actually came out pretty good! The pattern has been reproduced in three sizes from 2" - 4"; the original size, plus slightly larger and smaller sizes, with an additional set reversed.  So lots of options.  There's also a simple border to use along hems or what have you.  I took a little creative license and included bird titles (in one size) as well.    

North American Birds #1456

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