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!