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Twilters’ Birds in the Air Finished

IMG_2744A few months back the Twilters, of Twitter and Facebook fame, exchanged blocks in honor of our friend Frances O’Roark Dowell’s new novel, Birds in the Air, to be published in September.  I sent off forty eight-inch blocks, received thirty-nine different ones back (one went to Frances), added four of my own and some citron batik to make this quilt.  (Thank you, Tina, for coordinating all of this!)  These blocks are from all over the US and several other countries.

IMG_2744bThere was a question recently about whether we quilt in the ditch between patches.  It depends, but I certainly did on this one!  I used my walking foot and worked my way across both diagonals, then vertically and horizontally until all the “birds” were outlined.  I also created some “faux birds” where I wanted them in some of the white areas.

IMG_2745Then I switched to my free-motion foot to work inside all of the triangles.  The colorful birds got a curve on all three sides (orange peel?), while the background triangles got a figure eight design.  It was my first time using this, so they were mostly figure eights, with the occasional one that turned out more like ribbon candy!

Finally, I put feathers in the center and the other open areas.

IMG_2747I bound this with strips left from the blocks I sent and some of the left over binding from the Orlando Pulse quilt.  The back is just the scribbly batik.  The large label has all the contributers names printed on Quick Fuse printer fabric, because, even though each block is signed, some of the pens used aren’t completely colorfast in the wash, and I always want to remember you ladies!


Thank you, everyone, for your contributions to this pretty quilt!



Birds in the Air


As I take it easy to let my new knee heal, it seemed like a good time to show off an old quilt. 

The Twilters! on Facebook are holding an exchange of Birds in the Air blocks in honor of Frances’ new book, so I was reminded of this.


I made this little quilt in 1993, inspired by Ruth McDowell’s Pattern on Pattern.  It’s all hand pieced and quilted (from back when I did that!).  It’s about 39″ square, made from 6″ blocks.


Some blocks are like we’re making, others are split down the middle, and then color creates the shifting layers of transparency.  Gives me ideas for fancy ways to set our exchange blocks.


And, yes, you’ll be glad to know I did have help with these photos.

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Friendship Finish

2016-01-26 09.31.29He should look guilty, he was playing with an open pen on my new quilt!

2016-01-28 11.59.59The Twilters’ Hashtag Quilt is finally finished.  On the Twilters! Facebook group, we exchanged wonky hashtag blocks back in the fall, in a world-wide exchange somehow coordinated by the amazing Carole.  I sent twenty-four blocks and received twenty-four back, from nine states and four countries on three continents.

I added sashing in celery Fairy Frost, and a border from a metalic gold and green fabric.

2016-01-28 12.01.132016-01-28 12.01.45For the back I used a piece of fabric I had been hoarding saving for years.  It’s not water waves, as it appears, but rows of Queen Anne’s Lace in several greens, white and metalic gold.  I finished it with the border fabric and another green.  I was afraid of the signatures on the front fading, so I made a label for the back with all the names and locations.

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I think the quilt designs show up best on the the back in these photos.  I drew these both myself, and one was more visually effective than the other.  That’s how we learn.  I used white Bottom Line on the top and light green on the back.

2016-01-28 12.03.52This quilt is 56″ x 82″, and should be great to wrap up in during cold evenings, or whenever I need a Twilty hug!  Thank you, everyone, for your beautiful blocks!

I”m linking up to Finish It Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts.


Sunday Stash Report: 9/27/15


Lots of sewing this week, but the only finish is the last dozen of the Hashtag blocks for the #Twilters exchange, for two and a half yards.  If I was misleading in the last report, I’m sorry.  We are trimming them to 12.5 inches square.  (Oh, and a tiny, super secret block that used almost nothing.)

And then one and a half yards came in, some teal with white elephants that will go out again soon in a commissioned baby quilt.

This week:  + 1.5 yards,  – 2.5 yards
This year:  + 93.25 yards,  – 127.50 yards
Net fabric destashed  in 2015:  34.25 yards

Did you see that The Quilt Show is showing a 2 hour Feather Fundamentals program for free today?  I may need to watch that!

I’m linking up to Judy’s report at Patchwork Times.