A Summer of Quilts – Part 1

birds quilt 1

I’ve been bitten by the quilting bug again – I’d like to say that it’s because it’s too hot to knit, but here in Portland (unlike the rest of the nation), we can’t seem to get nicer weather than cloudy and 70 degrees, even in the middle of July!  My first quilting project was inspired by Valori Wells’ Nest fabrics and her quilting pattern Annie. I bought the pattern and fabrics as a kit at Hollyhill Quilt Shoppe.

The strip piecing of the narrow fabric “lines” took a lot longer than I thought it would, and all of those seams created so much distortion in the shape of the fabric that it was difficult to get the big pieces lined up nicely when sewing them together, but I think that in the end, it didn’t make too much difference. This pattern was different than many I’ve used, because it leaves some of the design elements up to the quilter, which pushes me outside of my comfort zone. However, it was a great way to experiment a little with “making up” my own pattern, and led me to design another project on my own (coming soon).

birds quilt 2

For quilting, I followed the pattern’s suggestion of straight-line quilting, but in an uneven pattern – some are quilted in the ditch between the strips of fabric, and some are quilted through the middle of the strips. This echoed the varied pattern in the make-up of the fabric strips themselves – I think it’s the “off-kilter” nature of these design elements that I found the most interesting.

birds quilt backing

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One comment on “A Summer of Quilts – Part 1

  1. Ronda Trepagnier

    July 2, 2013 at 12:24 am Reply

    Your nest quilt is so pretty! That is such a lovely line and your quilt showcases it so well. 🙂

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