The Scandi Bird quilt is finally finished! It has only been 5 years in the making but the final result is worth it.
Each of the birds was first appliquéd onto squares of plain off-white fabric. They weren’t difficult to do, just very time-consuming. Whilst I’ll never say never, I can’t see me rushing to make another appliqué quilt. They are not my zone of genius. Still, it was good to step outside my comfort zone and give it a go.
Initially I was planning to have 41 birds in the final quilt separated by blocks of four fabrics. Given that it was taking me so long to complete the birds I then changed tack to have fewer birds and more co-ordinating fabrics. This meant I had to raid my fabric stash for some additional fabrics since I only had a limited amount of the initial fabrics and what I had would not stretch that far.
On the left are the fabrics initially selected for the quilt and on the right are the extra fabrics I pulled to add to the quilt.
Smaller squares in coordinating colours were added as a frame around each appliqué bird to form a block before sewing the blocks together.
The coloured squares have been placed in a scrappy arrangement. Many people think that scrappy quilts are easy to do when in fact they take a lot of careful planning. I’ll share some tips on how to create a good scrappy quilt in a later post.
At 64 inches square, the quilt brightens up the bedroom and is easily big enough to cover the top of the bed.
It is perfect as a throw when reading,
Or daydreaming in a sunbeam.
Quilts don’t have to live solely inside. They also make fab picnic blankets.
The quilt back features sassy 1950s ladies, carefully pattern-matched as always for a seamless look (I think the recipient secretly likes these ladies better than the quilt front). For the binding I used a bright blue floral that also features on the front of the quilt.
Wavy lines were quilted horizontally across the quilt which gives it a lovely, cozy texture. I’m quite proud of the quilting on this quilt as it was done on my domestic sewing machine – the largest quilt I’ve quilted so far.
This quilt went to its forever home in December last year where it is cherished and well-loved.