Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Little Birdies

2011 Riley Blake detail, click on pics to see more details

This little birdie is part of my entry for the 2011 Riley Blake Challenge, he flew in from an 1850 Rose of Sharon Quilt.  I fussy cut the bird from a large scale floral fabric (he is one fabric including the perfect eye and beak, I did add a wing piece) .  Don't you love when things work out!  I used vintage teeny rick rack for his legs and couched thread for berry stems.  And here is the original little fellow:

Here is the full 2011 Riley Blake Challenge quilt made for the Home Machine Quilting Show. It is a "modern" fabric version of the reproduction I made for the Alliance for American Quilt Challenge (below) plus the little bird. We had to use selected fabrics from the fun and funky Isabella fabric line from Riley Blake. It is hand appliqued and 'minimally' machine quilted (required) -- not my forte. So my next project is to hand quilt the heck out of it like I did on the Alliance entry.

2011 Alliance for American Quilts CHallenge Entry- 3rd prize winner



Wow, what a huge difference the fabric choices make! And here is the original 1845 antique crib quilt which started the whole journey.


  1. Oh,Oh,oh-that bird is brilliant! I can't believe you were able to fussy cut it and I just love the ric rac legs!

    The quilt is lovely and it is interesting how fabrics change the look-I'm always seeing that in my classes!

    Good luck on the challenge!

  2. LOVE it!! I'm so happy you came over to see me. I've added this blog to my list now, also.
    I love your work!


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