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It's my day in the "It's for the Birds" blog hop--my very first hop--over at Sew We Quilt! (Thanks Madame Samm for organizing and Mary for Cheerleading!) If it's your first time here, Welcome! I hope you'll come back by sometime and have a look around.. I love making new blog friends from all over!
When I first read about the hop and decided to sign up, I had two projects in mind.. One, a stuffed owl pattern that I had but had never tried out, and two, a quilt for my bird-loving MIL, who actually asked me to make her a bird-ish themed quilt a few months ago.
I originally decided on the owl thinking I'd be more likely to get it done on time, but then it went together so fast that I thought I would use the extra time before the hop for motivation to finally make that quilt for my MIL.
Armed with a little FQ pack that I had been saving with her in mind, and a matching charm pack, I set out to make a quilt involving a couple of large feathers and maybe a bird appliqued onto it.. I didn't have a pattern and planned to just wing it. (no pun intended)
Then I stumbled onto the most perfect linen ever that for some reason just reminds me of birds..Quiltmaker's Linen in Straw Dot.
..the two feathers evolved into one large feather with some borders around it and so on, until eventually I finished the quilt! Here is the feather portion.
I incorporated some text fabric into the border around the feather b/c my MIL loves to read and also writes occasionally for her neighborhood newsletter, along with some crossword fabric and dots b/c she loves those too and a couple of leftover jelly roll strips that coordinated. Did I mention that she also has a collection of bird feathers and bird houses?
And the text fabric also has the name Buster in it, which is the name of our big furry dog that she loves. :) So it's very very personal just for her.
I googled "bird silhouette" and looking at the little pics that popped up, drew him out freehand on some paper for a pattern. The twig that the bird is perched on is made out of the tree trunk fabric that's used in the feather. The bird and branches were cut with pinking shears and raw edge appliqued on with a layer of batting underneath them so they are just a bit raised off of the quilt.
The whole quilt was basically an experiment that I made up as I went along and it was lots of fun (and a little stressful) to see how it evolved. A few times I had to rework the plan.
The binding is made out of scraps too, all of the strips of various width that I didn't use in the big feather sewn together into a long piece of fabric and then cut into binding.
I backed it in white minky so it would be a nice warm and cozy lap quilt for her. All in all I'm happy with the end result.
It's so snuggly.
It screams out my MIL's name to me. I hope she loves it!
It is all wrapped up and awaiting her arrival this weekend. :)
If you'd like to check out the other project I made for the hop you can click here to read about Lolita the Owl. :)
Thanks for stopping by; I hope you enjoyed your visit. If you're on the hop trail I am next to last. You're almost done for today! If you're not, why not go and check out some of the other birdilicious projects? :)
What a wonderful way to honor your MIL's request. I love the fact that you was able to use all the different bits within the quilt. You have a wonderful quilt there. I saw the owl and she is prefect. Thank you for being a part of this blog hop and sharing your delightful birds with us.