Sunday, 8 June 2014

Starting Something New

You'd think with a basket of WIP's I could get on with actually finishing I'd not be starting something new. Well, I'm not that predictable and when yesterdays plans changed I decided that most of the day would be spent sewing. I started off making a bag for a give away I hope to have very soon. (More on that in another blog post!)  After that I decided to put into action a plan that I'd recently discussed with Katy. I've been hoarding saving bird fabrics with the idea that I'd eventually make a bird themed quilt. However, I could never decide what to do with them. I wanted to do something other than just make rectangular blocks full of different bird scraps. Other than that I wasn't sure what to do. Especially as a lot of the fabrics I had gathered for this project had been swapped or donated by kind friends and as a result there were tiny perfect fussy cuts to larger pieces which meant making a uniformed block quilt hard. Katy said I needed a feather and some flying geese. Now I had been toying with making a feather quilt, but hadn't thought of featuring it in my birdie quilt because if I'd used any of my birdie fabrics it wouldn't have been clear there were birds on the scraps used in a feather. Katy had also suggested because my bird scraps varied in size I should use them as more of a background in the quilt. I then decided the bird quilt would  not just be themed as in the fabrics but in a variety of blocks too.


AMH feather

I'd loved those little birdies every since I had a charm in a LV charm swap. I'd got a half yard of them in my stash waiting to be used. I can see them popping up a lot in this quilt too!

Once I had the feather I added some charms either side.

Feather and Bird squares

As with all the best scrap quilts the fabrics already have little stories behind them. Like that charm top left was sent to me by VeryKerryBerry as part of a flickr swap. The bright tits and toucans were sent to me by Nicky and I went on to buy more of this fabric too. There are several scraps swapped with Susan when she was doing her One for the Birds Quilt. Then bottom right is a left over scrap from when I made a baby changing mat for Sarah

Next I made flying geese. I'd only done these once before for a bee block (I think). I don't recall how the bee block went, but I lost a few points with these. I've also got a nearly non existent seam on the owl one as I was trying not to 'lose' the owl. Hopefully I can reinforce it and use some fray check (if I buy some!) to keep it in place.

I then spent ages on the Internet looking for more bird inspiration and found the instructions for a bird block here. I set about making it this morning. I chose not to add the full wing. Instead I added a full square rather than a half square to hint at a wing. It was almost, but not quite the size of the flying geese I'd made. I could either unpick one or add a sashing strip under the bird block, which I did with a lovely scrap I had.

Birdie and flying geese

I'm a long way from a quilt top. I need to find more bird themed blocks and scraps too. I might use this project to push myself out of the comfort zone and try some more complicated foundation paper piecing and possibly some freezer paper piecing and other techniques. I'm open to suggestions.  Unless it ends up looking a complete dogs dinner then this might just be the bedside quilt I keep saying I'll make. You know the one I get professionally quilted!





16 comments:

  1. This is a great idea and will be fun too. Check out Quilters Cache for many block, you can search by name. Also consider some bird houses?

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  2. I think a variety of quilt blocks is going to look amnazing

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  3. Looks like you're on to a great start! I like the idea that you're incorporating all different kinds of bird-related blocks. Good on ya!
    As far as starting something new rather than finishing something, Barbara over at Cat Patches has a fun challenge called the "2014 New FO Challenge" (http://catpatches.blogspot.com/p/newfo-challenge.html ) - no finishes necessary & she has fun prize every month for one of the link-ups.

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  4. I think this is going to be a great quilt and can't wait to see what you make next!
    P.S. Have you considered using interfacing to strengthen that very scant seam?

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  5. great idea. I really like the feather block, having a feather and bird charms work so well together.

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  6. what a clever idea, it is looking lovely. xx

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  7. what a clever idea, it is looking lovely. xx

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  8. Oh wow!! What a brilliant idea, Jan. You still saving birdie scraps and fabrics?

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  9. Very nice! I love the feather block. You should do a couple more of those.

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  10. what a great idea. you could always do a barn with a bird peeking out the door/window. Are you still collecting bird scraps?

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  11. Gorgeous! I love scrappy quilts beacuse of the memories in them too.

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  12. How fantastic! I'd send you some more scraps but I think you have most of the bird fabrics I have already looking at the pics. remind me later and I'll take a look anyway, there are at least two other prints that spring to mind.

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  13. This is going to be beautiful!
    x

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  14. Bwahaha, you make me sound like a master conjuror. And for my next trick... do what Leanne says ;o)

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