Friday, March 25, 2011

sew & tell - march 2011 - the bird quilt

EDITED TO ADD: I fixed it so the linkies are showing!! I'm so sorry!  I'm out of practice and just forgot to check a little box!! And I've been gone all day! Come back and link up!  :)
It's finished.  FINALLY!  And I don't think I'm going to do it justice in this post.  I learned SOOOOOOO much doing this quilt.

The biggest thing I learned was not really about quilting so much but about myself.  And I've known this somewhat already but it was totally reinforced.  I AM NOT A RISK TAKER!  If I haven't done something before I procrastinate doing ANYthing because I don't want to mess it up.  That's part of the reason this quilt has been TWO years in the making.  Really, if you added up the amount of time I spent on it, it's probably only about a really full week, not doing anything else.  If you count all the time I spent hemming and hawing over it and thinking about it, it's totally a 2 year quilt!
a notion or two inaugural quilt


Some things I did for the first time on this quilt:
  • Put together blocks that other people sewed.  There was some trimming and fixing to make them all the same size.
  • Mitered corners for the window pane effect (that I'm not even really sure works).
  • Free-motion quilting on my machine.  This is the first quilt I've ever done the whole thing on my machine.  (With the exception of a few block's I did at Kim's - who by the way, now has a BLOG!!!)
So, on the FMQ I tried a few different things.
a little stippling,
Some stippling

a lot of loop-de-loops,  (which I think hides more mistakes)
Loop-de-loop quilting

and I even tried my own pattern of leaves, trying to convey the birds in a tree idea.  But this design was trickier and I only did a couple like that.
Leaf quilting

There are a few things that I would do differently if I had it to do over.
  • I used a varigated green Gutterman thread.  I love the thread, and I think it looks great on the back, but because of all the white in the blocks, some of the dark green REALLY shows my mistakes.
  • I would scrap the shadow paned idea, since I don't think it really worked.
I do love this fabric on the back.  It's from IKEA.  I originally had a large brown bird print and bought the green for a friend.  But I HAD to go back and get this for the back because of the green, it was just too perfect.  Next time I'm near an IKEA, I'm stocking up.
The back

Sometime last summer I took a poll on how I should bind it.  I took many of your suggestions and went with the Amy Butler Full Moon Dots in Cherry.  And I LOVE it!  And I really have learned to love hand-stitching down a binding.  And Burt's Bees Shea Hand Repair cream works just as well as beeswax or thread heaven to condition your thread.  In case you don't have the other two in the car with you but have some lotion in your purse!
Full moon binding
There have been many times during the making of this quilt that I was so sick of thinking about it, sick of looking at it, and sick of quilting it. I told a friend yesterday I was going to stick it in a closet so I didn't have to look at it for a while. But really, I like LOVE it. Just not how long it took me to finish it.
Love a folded quilt pic.
And I do love how crinkly it is fresh out of the washer!!

My new goal: start and finish a couple quilts in a few months instead of a few years. But, oh yeah, I have another top I made 2 summers ago. I'm going to get on that.

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31 crafty mcCrafters commented:

Riel Nason said...

That is a totally cool one-of-a-kind quilt. The birds are so cute. Yay for sticking with it and finishing!!! Thanks for hosting Sew and Tell.

Cassie said...

I love the birds, so cute!

joliesjunebugboutique said...

Very cute! I linked up but for some reason I can access it!

Bree said...

LOVE the bird quilt! Personally I really like the look of the window panes, it adds some depth like you're really looking out the windows.

Vicki said...

It's BEAUTIFUL! Great job, Amy! And thanks for sharing all you learned while working on it. :)

Laura said...

This quilt is amazing! I think you did a fantabulous job on it.

Cecily said...

Oh, it's just beautiful! What a gorgeous quilt! And the story behind it is even better. Inspiring!

pinksuedeshoe said...

I linked up, and it says that there are 5 other sew and tellers so far... but I can't see their links or find their projects. So.... there you go.

In other better news, your quilt looks wonderful. I love how it turned out! And that backing is pretty fantastic too. Love it!

Miri said...

Adorable! Perfect binding!

Machine quilting your first quilt is a great milestone-it only gets easier and there's always more to try out.

I linked up but I can't access the other links :(

allyn said...

amy, it is gorgeous. your ocd skills definitely paid off.
why can't i see everyone's linky projects?

Leah said...

That's a great project! Good job...

Manda said...

Your quilt is beautiful! I'm like you, I hate taking risks due to the fear of ruining things!

Laura said...

Love the quilt!

***** said...

It is really amazing. I love the birds. I love the colors. I love the free hand quilting. I love the funky blocks. You amaze me.

buttercup said...

Amy! I am so proud of you! It looks amazing. Totally worth the 2 year wait! xoxo

Mary said...

Yay Amy, this turned out SO great! I love your binding choice, I love all the white, and your blocks are fantastic. Enjoy your new FINISHED quilt!!!

My name is Momma said...

Beautiful quilts!

Aunt Spicy said...

I am dying over the ikea fabric! dying! the whole quilt looks amazing!

and, yahoo! I just linked up for sew and tell friday!

Lesly said...

Your quilt looks great - good for you for sticking with it! (I linked up, but the links are showing so I can't visit anyone, alas.)

pinksuedeshoe said...

PS- Creamie is in my lap while I am looking at your blog. And as soon as she saw your header she yelled out "It's CindyLou! And she has a Christmas Tree!" She fell and split her lip on the sidewalk 45 minutes ago and hasn't spoken a word since. Just stayed cuddled into my shoulder. So glad your blog broke her silence!

webmailaddress2 said...

I love that quilt! Birds and modern quilting go together like peanut butter and jelly.

Sara @ Sew Sweetness said...

Yay! I was so excited to see the finished quilt! I think all the blocks look really really amazing together. I love the free motion, too, I maybe will try it one day? (scared) How did the pictures turn out today?

grandmarockton said...

love it ! If it needs a ROOST it can come here!

Kim said...

It is really so beautiful!!!!!!! Pictures do not do it justice. It is an amazing quilt. I know you are thrilled to have it completed Amy! Great job!!!!!

Megan Young said...

It's just little ole' me #25.... but since I feel like I lived the bird quilt with you, I had to comment.
IT IS SO AMAZING! What a treasure. congrats.

Mary Jo said...

Beautiful quilt!!! I adore both sides, and find the backing very eye-catching. :)

Karen said...

Its a gorgeous quilt Amy. Love your little splashes of colour on each block.Perfect.

Kristen said...

I love this quilt! Those birds and that binding choice is amazing looking!

Shay said...

LOVE IT...LOVE IT....LOVE IT. I love it in person and on your blog! You are amazing!

colorchic said...

Love, Love, Love that fabric... and quilt is fabulous too!

colorchic said...

Love, Love, Love that fabric... and quilt is fabulous too!

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