Sunday, January 2, 2011
bird patch quilt
I made this quilt for my mom for Christmas. I feel really bad because this is the first quilt that I made her and I don't think it's anything special. Although she would say that anything handmade by me is special, I just can't get myself to think this one is great.
I struggled with the design. I made nine-patch squares and cut them apart for a crazy nine-patch look. But I'm not sure the pattern is necessarily the problem. I'm not sure these prints work together. I like most of them separately but not together.
Sometimes, this is just the way things work out.
But I really, really like the purple color that I choose for the filler. I originally purchased a cream color to go with the green but went back for something else. I'm much happier with this color because it adds more interesting color.
And I like the embroidered owl and bird, but now that it's done I wish I would have added a few more birds side by side. One looks a little lonely. I used my new Cricut to cut a paper template for these (cutting the fabric directly didn't work for me).
For the back, I used this cupcake, cherry, apple print which is really cute but doesn't belong in this quilt.
I like really do like the green tiny polka-dot print for the binding but, again, not on this quilt. I like the binding to stand out, but this one just blends in, except for that strip of light green binding that I added for extra character.
So for this quilt I tried blending a few separate, bold prints together and it didn't really work. But I did design it myself and it's not a complete distaster. It's still usable as a warm blanket, and it does give the eye something interesting to look at.
And it keeps the legs warm while playing the ukelele.