Monday, 2 September 2013

A Bird Quilt

As I've said before, I like to start projects and see where they take me. Sometime I have a bit of a rough plan, other times I just jump in with both feet and see where I end up.

When it comes to the NZ Native Bird Patterns, it was definitely a case of jumping in and seeing where I ended up. I certainly never intended to design enough of these blocks to create a quilt, but somehow one pattern led to another one and before I knew it I had designed twelve blocks.

I have sewn four of these blocks so far and I'm beginning to wonder what I should do with them. They were not made with a view to them becoming a single quilt, and as such the fabrics were chosen to suit the birds, with no regard as to whether they go together in a quilt.

So here's my question:

Do I turn them into a quilt? I'm sure that I can pull the disparate fabric together somehow. OR do I just make bird cushion covers for everyone for Christmas this year?

Here are the four blocks that I've made so far:
They are a Kea, a Fantail, a Kokako (pattern not yet released- its with the pattern testers now!)
and a Morepork (also not yet released but hopefully coming soon!)

The fabrics don't really go together do they, but I'm sure I can make it work... somehow! What do you think, should I go for it and make a bird quilt?

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18 comments :

  1. I think those blocks and their colors go together great, so yes definately make a quilt or wallhanging, they are beautiful!

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  2. Go for it! I think you can make it work. They would make a stunning quilt together.

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  3. I'm not a quilting expert but wouldn't you only need to use some of the same fabrics a few times to make it coordinate/work. You'd have a blue, grey, brown, green theme. Although they'd make lovely cushion presents wouldn't they.

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  4. Yes, those blocks could definitely work together. I would do future blocks with more blues and greens for the backgrounds, then maybe unify it all with sashing. I think it would be tremendous! Your patterns are just wonderful.

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  5. I think it would be a pretty awesome legacy to make into a quilt for one of your 3 nationalities babes x

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  6. Definitely a quilt! I am definitely making each block to suit the birds but had the same conversation with David about pulling them together... we decided the mere fact that they were all birds and that the colours, although different shades, were more or less along the same lines that would be enough. Your birds look fantastic - you are fantastic! x

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  7. I think the right sashing will pull it all together for a quilt. The attitude of all the birds ( stance etc . ) is excellent. Clever lady.

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  8. My preference is to put them into a quilt and you will definitely have WOW factor. I agree with others that backing fabric will bring them together! I am a big scrappy fan and you should see colours I have put together you just would believe it!! Marie (mlismore@optusnet.com.au)

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  9. Si ,yes,gui.Los pájaros son bellos siempre .En la tela siempre están libres.

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  10. I agree with the other comments, Juliet. I think they will all look great together.... A few common fabrics within a few blocks and a sashing or borders to tie them all together and it will look fantastic. I think I will end up making all 12 as well and joining them up :-) I also like how they aren't all facing the same way - it will better in the quilt!

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  11. If you make cushion covers, you won't have them. I'd definitely go for a quilt and I have no doubt you'll make the colours work.

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  12. I love how they work together. A bit of sashing, and plenty of chances to introduce any other colours you want in the other blocks and you will have a stunning quilt.

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  13. A quilt will look great - and I'm with everyone else who has suggested sashing which will help tie them together.

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  14. I think they work fine together! It's not matchy matchy for sure but the patterns and tones match.
    Go for the quilt or wall hanging I say. I guess it depends how many you wish to make with them all :)

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  15. Sure, why not! They all have blues and greens, grays and some have touches of brown. If you keep doing the same they'd make a great quilt with lots of visual interest and cohesion.

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  16. Juliet I love how you have continued on with your birds of NZ series. They are all so unique and worth paper piecing.

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