Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Bird Brain?

Finished just in the nick of time, allow me to introduce you to this delightful mini quilt, "Love Bird", made with love for my Gran's birthday.

This sweet little birdie quilt (made by ruthiequilts) was my inspiration. As soon as I saw it I just knew my Gran would love it to pieces. The center block is a paper-pieced pattern from Paper Panache. It looks extremely difficult...admittedly I was a trifle intimidated...but in the end it was really NOT so hard as I imagined. I photocopied the pattern onto freezer paper (for ink jet printers) and it worked extremely well at holding all of those little pieces of fabric. Just make sure you check your block for accuracy (that is, to make sure all of the quadrants line up good and proper) before squaring it up, wink wink. Lesson learned!

That lovely pink fabric used both on the front as well as on the binding is Moda Grunge Basics in Duchess. I can't tell you just how gorgeous this fabric really is! All but one of the blues for the bird are from the Greenfield Hill collection from Denyse Schmidt. Those brightly fantastic greens are from Kaffe.

I absolutely love the Lecien Flower Sugar fabric I used on the just makes we want to get dressed up and have a tea party!

And a little sneak peek of what I will be free motion quilting over the next few weeks...

Oh look at that...more birds! I guess you could call me a bird brain, ha ha, or rather I'd prefer to say that I have birds on the brain! When I get around to finishing it, this lovely cushion will be for R's room. After showing her the four and a half hour BBC mini series "Emma" (Jane Austen) she is decidedly set upon redecorating her room "Emma style". She is sooooo my daughter ;D

Happy quilting,


  1. Firstly, I love the new sidebar background of your blog. The mini quilt is adorable- the birdie and quilting are fabulous! And the backing is perfect! Happy birthday Gran!

  2. Oh my goodness! I love, love, love that mini bird quilt ! ! ! That is why I came over here and after peeking around your blog, I going to FOLLOW you for sure! your blog!