Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Birds of a Feather

I can't quite believe that what started as a few stray blocks created to test my New Zealand Bird blocks has turned into quite such a stunning quilt top. Its taken me quite a while to get this far, but I am super super happy with what I've created!


Once all the blocks were pieced, I went looking for a background fabric to sash the blocks. My initial thought was to use charcoal grey, but it feels like that is my go-to colour for this kind of thing and I wanted to get out of that rut.

I took the blocks into work and laid them out with a huge variety of fabrics. One stood out as being better than the rest, but I didn't buy the fabric on the spot. Something stopped me. I think deep down I knew that I could find something better.

Then the other day I made a rare trip to Spotlight and saw some beautiful peppered cottons. The rich jade green really stood out to me, so I bought a 1/2 metre on impulse and took it home with no particular plan for its use. When I got home I laid it out with my bird blocks- WOW! It was an easy decision to make!!! I went back the very next day to buy some more.

On Friday I had one of those days that I wanted to shut the world out and sew. I wasn't in the mood for being social or active, I just needed to hide from the world, switch my brain off and sew. Scallywag couldn't believe his luck. He is normally not allowed to watch any TV during the day on weekdays, but I switch the TV on and let him watch while I sewed.

Then I laid the blocks out and slowly sewed them together in a random layout. I'll be honest, it definitely wasn't the most efficient way to work, but I got the result that I wanted and that's the most important thing!

I am so so pleased that I decided not to cage these birds and put them in a regimented grid layout.

I just need to sew a couple of strips of peppered cotton down the sides and find a suitable backing fabric and then I can send it off to the quilter. I can't wait to see what she does with all those spaces!!! I've told her to have fun and do so me nature inspired quilting.

I'm linking the bird quilt up with WIP Wednesday for the last time (eeek, can't wait to see this one finished- can you?!?)

P.S. There is a sale going on in my Etsy store at the moment. If you use the coupon NEWSHOP you will get a 50% discount on all the NZ$4.50 patterns. The coupon is valid for 6 more days. If there is a pattern that you really want which is not listed there, give me a shout and I'll add it for you.

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17 comments :

  1. Love it! I have yet to try patchwork/quilting, but when I manage to get around to it some of your birds are on my wishlist. Until then I'll just look at the pictures and enjoy them that way!

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  2. Really stunning. The random layout works so well with these birds and really showcases them all perfectly.

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  3. oooooo yay for perfect "sashing" and getting a top done! Cant wait to see it completed!

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  4. I think you have done a great job. The off setting and plain colour have made it look modern, interesting and artistic. Well done! :o) xx

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  5. This is amazing Juliet truly amazing !
    You are one very clever lady

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  6. Wow, three kiwis have posted in a row on Freshly Pieced WIP Wednesday! That must be a first - we are taking over. I love your birds - they look great with the bush in the background.

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  7. They're beautiful birds, you've done a great job in putting them in the top. The background fabric is just right to highlight the birds. It's going to be a stunning quilt. Now I have to find an NZ bird guide to identify them all!

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  8. Your blocks are beautiful! Great!
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  9. An awesome quilt, Juliet!!! The jade backing is the PERFECT colour.

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  10. its stunning. I love the jade background - really brings out the birds.

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  11. Spectacular! The jade green is perfect! Wow.

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  12. The random placement looks great, improv takes a lot longer but is so rewarding.

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  13. Absolutely stunning! All that hard work is paying off so well. Reward after me: gorgeous!!!!

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  14. This is certainly an inspiring quilt. I am just now practicing drafting paper pieced patterns and am excited to check out your patterns on Etsy. I think it's key to try lots of patterns to learn better how to make them yourself. :) Great work!

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