I am excited to heading back to Iowa in 2 days for some teaching at one of my favorite quilt shops, and also doing some workshop demos at Quiltfest, a fundraiser for my alma mater High School.
I love going back home for quilty stuff. It is so fun meeting quilters from my home town, finding out that people I have known all my life are quilters, and best of all, seeing what their styles and interests are!
I mentioned in a post a few weeks ago, Around the World Blog Hop Tour that I was would be teaching a fun quilt named Winter Brrrd Houses at Quilts and Other Notions on 11/18/14. I thought I would share a bit about the project again, since the class is in a few days.
The idea for this quilt evolved from a sweet lil’ birdhouse design that Laura Nownes created for our the Quilt-Along project, Blackbirds & Blossoms, Oh-La-La! on See How We Sew. The quilt was a joint project with Jennifer Rounds, Laura and myself. You can also follow all the other projects that are evolving from this project on our Pinterest Board, Blackbirds & Blossoms – Our Quilt-Along. Here’s a tip – follow the board, because there are even more projects evolving from this Quilt-Along!
Seriously, so cute!
I chose large, colorful, graphic prints for the birdhouses and used Grunge Basics by Moda to make the roofs and doors pop. Okay, and because I loved them.
I followed Laura’s directions for building the birdhouses – tweaking the sizes a bit. I gave them long posts to stand on, thinking it would be fun to build a whole hillside of bird houses. Some were big, some were small, so that it created a bit of depth.
I wanted to add the birds at this point, but realized that if I waited, it would be a great opportunity for some accents and impact, since they would be black. I am so glad I waited, because I ended up doing some fun things with them later.
After the birdhouses were built, I began cutting and sewing curves out of an embarrassingly large collection of grays, taupes and off-whites that I have. Miraculously, they ended up with the snow drift effect that I was striving for.
I then backed my birds with a batting to give them some dimension. As always, I definitely could use some work on my embroidery skills.
It was a lot of fun playing with the placement of the birds. They had a lot of impact, so some of them were set to only show their heads peeking out of their house. It was a great chance to balance out the layout of the quilt.
Kerry Reed did the quilting on this quilt, isn’t it amazing?
If you are interested in learning how to make my curvy snowdrifts, we will be introducing a video on curve piecing soon, along with the Winter Brrrd Houses pattern on See How We Sew -Hopefully in mid-December.
If you are local to Quilts and Other Notions, I hope you signed up for the class – If you are not local, be thinking warm thoughts for all of us. It is pretty chilly back there right now! I guess my snow drifts will feel right at home!
Have a great weekend!