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Wednesday, June 19, 2024

For The Birds

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Several months ago when I put my hand up for the For the Birds bloghop hosted by Joan of moosestashquilting, I had time stretching ahead of me and I thought it pretty much guaranteed that I would have May and June for sewing all sorts of things, and plenty of time to prepare for the bloghop.
Fast forward to last weekend when I was blowing the dust off my machine and rummaging around looking for the project box which held my intended project!!

This is a project I've long wanted to finish. It started when I test sewed some cute wee bird on a wire blocks for Juliet, of Tartankiwi designs several years ago. I had an inspiration for a layout but at the time I didn't get a chance to do any more.
I sewed these blocks back in 2018 so they've been waiting for attention for a long time!

Luckily I had sketched my idea down and luckily it was in the box with the blocks!
As these are 6" blocks, I started by re-sketching with a 6" grid. That got me off to a good start and I started merrily sewing away.
I had a wee brainwave at some stage and thought it would be fun to put some pieced blocks in the background. But tone-on-tone so you would see them up close, but they wouldn't overshadow the wee birds.
This Seminole strip didn't work where I thought it might, but I adapted it for the bottom.
Of course I had very little of the grey to finish the fence post but I hoped I might get away with using my grey scraps to crown the top of the post — 
Finally after a bit of fudging and unpicking here and there, I have my completed top!
(The rocks and grass along the bottom are the second strip of Seminole I did.)
It still needs a good press and tidyup. This is not a large item - approx 30 x 24 and now that I've got this far, I'm excited to get it properly finished! Watch this space :-)
I'm so pleased that, in spite of a bit of last minute panic a few days ago, I committed to the bloghop. Thank you so much Joan, of Moosestashquilting, for hosting this and encouraging me to take a deep look at this UFO!

This is Day Three of the bloghop. The other participants for today are —


And there is a full list of ALL the participants on Joan's blog *here*.

Thank you so much for visiting and reading along.
'til next time,
happy stitches,

Raewyn

38 comments:

  1. It's lovely Raewyn! So glad you dug it out. xx

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  2. Those birdies are so cute. Love the neutral but pretty blocks too.

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  3. Excellent paper piecing! The bird are adorable. It is always good to finish blocks made a while ago.

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    1. Thank you Danice - you're so right, it's a good feeling alright!

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  4. Your paper pieced birds are fabulous! I personally don't enjoy paper piecing, but I love to see others create that way.

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  5. I'm so impressed with your piecing! I love the birds and what you did with them.

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  6. Love those Birds!! Great layout!!

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  7. Thsi is so cute! I can't wait to see it finished, happy stitching!

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  8. I am so glad you joined us and WOW what a wonderful project you finished. I love the birds and your layout idea is fabulous. Piecing tone on tone blocks for the background would have never crossed my mind, but wow did they pack a punch. Now I want to play around with background blocks. Thanks so much for the inspiration! Congrats on a great UFO finish!

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  9. Oh my goodness, those birds are beautiful! I'm so happy you joined in so you'd get those blocks sewn into a quilt project. I love how you incorporated them into the quilt design and the added two-tone blocks was perfect. Thanks for sharing!

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  10. That turned out so cute! I remember those darling birds. I’m so glad you finished it and did it so beautifully. Your design I’d perfect and I love the discreet pieced blocks you added.

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  11. Adorable project, love the birds!

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  12. Oh my--what a pretty quilt--and I know that paper piecing is not a real easy job--especially on little spaces!!! Cute Cute-can you tell I also love birds??
    hugs, diane

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  13. Verdaderamente es un proyecto muy bonito. BESICOS.

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  14. What a great layout for your pretty pieced blocks.

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  15. that looks gorgeous, I love your added pieced blocks too, they add lovely texture

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  16. You've accomplished so much with this project and ticked off several boxes! Your sweet birds look like they are enjoying a beautiful day hanging out together. Great work!

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  17. Looks fantastic and a lot of fiddler work with the foundation piecing.
    M

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  18. These birds look lovely. And I like the layout you have used.
    I am pleased you found them and brought them into a quilt.

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  19. Your little birds are just darling--you've done a beautiful job on them...the colors are super that you've used. Nice work hugs, Julierose

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  20. Wow! Great use of piecing to really set of this pretty set of bird blocks. Thanks for sharing!

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  21. I love how you pulled these blocks together for this quilt! Great job. Thanks for sharing.

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  22. This is gorgeous! So glad you got it finished, so you can enjoy this beauty!

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  23. These turned out cute! Love the layout.

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  24. I love your birds and am impressed that you were able to find them after all this time. I have problems finding things from 6 months ago. You have made great progress. It will be a wonderful finished piece. These hops are very, very helpful in motivating us to finish and start projects.

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    1. Thank you - to be honest, it did take me a bit of searching to find them!!!

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  25. I love what you have created with the wee birds. I see many such sights on my walks around the farm (but the birds are different). The tone-on-tone blocks scattered about are a great addition. Excellent job, Raewyn!

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  26. Great quilt. I love how you made the background scrappy!

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  27. Beautiful quilt top Raewyn, love your little birds.

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  28. Oh my goodness, Raewyn, I LOVE THIS QUILT SEW SEW MUCH! I think your sketched plan is adorable as well with your cute little drawn birdies on a wire. Makes me want to make one.
    Putting the subtle quilt blocks in looks great too!

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  29. Loving your cute little birds, glad you have it done at last, and small is sometimes good.

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