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.


  1. I really like the design that you came up with and I love the fabrics together. You could always go back and add a flowing branch to the brown section and throw a few more birds in it. Then those two cute birds could be considered "flyaways"!!!

  2. I'm sorry you're not happy with this quilt - it looks lovely in the pictures! I love your design and that bold purple strip across it - and the little birdies are so whimsical!

  3. well I'm your sister and I think it's amazing! You do such a wonderful job and I know mom thinks it's beautiful :)

  4. I love it Michelle because it's your design and it's one-of-a-kind! The birds aren't lonely; they are playing hide-and-seek with each other. I love the green and purple together and the patch squares add a touch of fun. The fruit polka dot backing makes it truly a reversible quilt. I will cherish it forever! Thank you, thank you!!! Don't be so hard on yourself - you did a great job designing this one!