Showing posts with label Tree Bird Hop. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Tree Bird Hop. Show all posts

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Tree Bird Blog Hop

Tree Bird Blog Hop

Welcome to the Tree Bird Blog Hop!

Imagine my excitement when I came
across this blog hop months ago!

We live in an area where nature is up close,
and birds are a big part of our lives.

Wild turkeys visit in flocks.

We feed seed and suet throughout the cold weather,
and the birds are our constant entertainment.

We often attract more than just tree birds!

This little nest with birds made from radishes has 
been in our home since the children were little.
It was said to be a sign of good luck, and I have 
been known to buy the same for friends moving 
into a new home of their own.

My daughter's hand raised flock is down to 
four, but we've had their sweet 
chirping for 8 years.

The project of this hop was open-ended, and
we could use any bird fabric we chose.
I had a small stash of Charlie Harper's 
birds, and had already made my
in-law's a dog bed out of it for Christmas.
My mother-in-law loves both the 
artist and birds, and I fell in
love with it, too!

 I racked my brain for a month to come up with
something that would be unique, and
also be a good way to show the fabric.
I tried to do a pixelated scene of an
Ohio winter as I saw it from my window.
The squares were too large, and it
really didn't work well.

 I had recently done a quilt with half-square triangles,
and started to play with that idea. I even took
it along on vacation!

In the end, it all came together.

The ground feeders remind me of 
our own window scene.

I had to add the squirrels in, too.
We are in a constant battle to keep the 
squirrels out of the feeders. We
have a Yankee Spinner these days!

This is Ohio, and we might have rain, snow, and sun
within minutes of each other. In it went.

The free-motion quilting was very experimental
for me, and I used a variety of threads
from Aurifil to King Tut.

So many friends were solicited for advice on
this little project, and I'm so grateful. And
many, many thanks to my dear Bee Mate
who spent her afternoon sewing my 
binding on so beautifully, and 
chatting away with us.

Here's a list of todays blogs to visit to 
see more tree bird quilts. 

Friday, March 13
Monday, March 16
Tuesday, March 17
Wednesday, March 18
Thursday, March 19
Friday, March 20
Monday, March 23

I'm in awe of array and talent in 
this group, and honored to present 
among them.

 Thank you to both Lana and 
Mdm Samm for hosting the 
Tree Bird Hop.

Until tomorrow..
Come on, Doxie Girls.
Let's go sew.

Linking this post with~
Hug-a-Bit Quilts
Cooking Up Quilts
Making Monday
Sew Darn Crafty
Show and Tell Tuesday

Monday, March 16, 2015

Sewing with Abandon a.k.a. Guilt Quilting

I couldn't resist jumping ahead, and did the middle
block of the Modern Tradition Quilts Charm
Square Quilt Along 2015. It's my favorite!
I kept in the spirit of the tutorials, and 
finished the other 2 blocks provided.

The yellow electrifies the prints, and gives
these blocks a very tropical feeling.
I keep referring to this mentally as
the Casablanca quilt.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Stitchin' and Beachin'

Can you guess what would be in a 
sewists luggage for vacation?

My trusty computer, fabric, rulers, books, and 
2 changes of clothing with a swim suit.
I have a toothbrush where I'm going.

I'm so grateful that another family member
quilts, and has a fabulous stash of tools and 
a sewing machine left at my disposal!