Sunday, December 14, 2008

Love Birds

This is how I have spent my week...
Hunched over a quilting frame, needle in hand. I really need to figure out the whole free motion quilting thing. A New Years Resolution perhaps?

This quilt was for my brother Kevin and his wife Jamie who were married on December 6th. My brother is a bird watcher - he's always pointing out and naming the different species of our winged friends (such a geek :)). I really wanted to incorporate birds in the quilt, but I was having a hard time finding bird fabric that wasn't girly or pastel. I finally found the new Tranquility line of fabric by Sandy Gervais. There was a problem - it wasn't available until the week of Thanksgiving. I waited and waited, checking online everyday. Finally it was available and ordered. My new goal: to have it done by the time they returned from their honeymoon (today!!). Man did I ever turbo-quilt this bad boy, and I have the sore shoulders, fingers and blood shot eyes to prove it. Here is the quilt top all spread out measuring 71" x 80" (before quilting)...
And all finished...
I'll admit the two love birds in the middle are a little wacky, but I just couldn't resist. It's a wedding quilt after all. They look super cool all quilted on the back...

Some funky pinwheels made from 2 packs of charms squares and muslin. The small square border was another charm square pack cut into quarters...

The super soft & warm backing (queen sized mircofleece sheet), and binding. I always love the binding on a quilt.


A personal touch. Embroidered initials and a little a LSF action... Love Sick Fools. They are self proclaimed Love Sick Fools, and I have to say I concur with their accurate self diagnosis. It's fun to see such twitterpation in action.
I love seeing a quilt all folded up. There are a few different versions of this...





And I found it irresistible shoved in the too small gift bag, all the colors swirled together...
So very GLAD it's done!!! I'm looking forward to hitting the sack before 1 a.m. It's definitely an original - I hope they like it!

5 comments:

beth at aunties said...

It turned out so wonderful and so much love in each stitch. I really liked all the sybolism associated with the Love Birds:-)
You are an amazing sister, you know.

XO

Deck The Halls-A Happy Valentines! said...

What a beautiful quilt! I love it!
I found you through Beth, whom I adore! I love your blog, we share a lot of the same "joys" in life!
The picture of the drawer with fabric on your header carries the same fabric that I have in my drawers! I love Moda, and I love the Moda simplicity. I made a few quilts out of those fabrics, I will post it on my craft blog!
You inspire me! You're an awesome quilter! I hope you don't mind me stopping by to visit!
Thanks for your inspiration! I love birds also!

heidivee said...

I am glad I jumped over here on a whim. I wanted to see the bird quilt. It is awesome, awesome, awesome! So is the one you did for Jules. You rock, sista.

Jaime Escalante said...

We LOVE our quilt. It is absolutely wonderful and we so appreciate the MANY MANY hours that went into making it. Such a sacrifice! You're an awesome sister-in-law.

Shawn said...

Jamie sent me to your blog so I could see her fabulous quilt you made. It is so beautiful! Great job! (this is her mom, in case you didn't remember my name)