Wednesday, January 19, 2011

for the birds

First, I must mention that I was so flattered to be featured on Jodi's amazing blog, Pleasant Home, on Monday. I feel so flattered! If someone had told me when I started this blog almost a year ago that I would have so many people reading and saying such nice things about what I make, I never would have believed it.  Expect a blogiversary giveaway to celebrate all of this next week!

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My pink and green bird quilt, made of blocks from members of my Fussy Cut Love Bee, is complete! The members of my bee were so creative with the IKEA bird fabric and black, white, and green color palette. Of course once I had everything laid out, I thought the colors I chose were too limited. The blocks seemed to get lost in their togetherness. I added raspberry shot cotton sashing, and suddenly all of the individual blocks started to pop.


The quilting is pretty haphazard. I started it during a 5 a.m. sewing session when everyone else in my house was sleeping, and my brain was still processing my morning coffee. So I just went for it, and did a different something in each individual block. The inside sashes have some loopty loops, and the outside has my new favorite free-motion design-- hills. The come off as scallops on a border like this, which is kind of fun. In typical fashion, I was not loving the quilting as I was doing it, but a quick wash and dry made everything good. Of course I may never again do quilting with so many stops and starts-- burying all of the thread ends took FOREVER.


The backing is a polka dot flannel sheet from Target. Cozy and perfect for snuggling-- which is good, because we're keeping this one.

Happy Wednesday! Hope you're having a good one.

10 comments:

CRN said...

Very glad to know you liked the flannel sheet. I see one on clearnce (exact pattern) every time I go and I want to get it but wasn't sure. Now you made up my mind! Thank you!

Leslie said...

congratulations on being featured...that is so exciting!!!! the raspberry cotton makes those blocks come alive. that bird fabric is one of my favorites. i used it last year sometime to make a table runner, along with some vintage sheets! it is so fun to see how versatile one fabric can be.

Beth Hawks said...

Oh I love this fabric from IKEA. Adorable quilt!

CityHouseStudio said...

Very cute quilt, and I LOVE the flannel sheet idea as a backing.
Michelle

Amy said...

Wow, another finish! It makes me wish I had a pile of WIPs! It looks wonderful.

MariQuilts said...

That was great feature done on you!!! Congrats...your work looked wonderful.

Cathy H. said...

This is such a great quilt! I love the colors!!

Poppyprint said...

I love it!!! The raspberry sashing totally makes it, you're right. The hill quilting looks great, I'm going to have to try that. Now, I must go check out Pleasant Home, how exciting!!!

Karen said...

The quilt looks awesome! I really like the sahing fabric too! It's great to see one of the Fussy Cut quilts finished. I need to finish my Halloween quilt before next Halloween!

Dani said...

Perfection. Honestly...you just keep topping yourself.