Wednesday, May 8, 2013

It's for the Birds

This is a very fun hop.  The postings so far have been terrific and I have no doubt that the ones to follow will be just as wonderful and creative.
When this Hop was first posted I knew exactly what I was going to make.  I had made my sister and my niece quilts with birds on them several years back and I swore that when I got some time I would make one for me.  A perfect opportunity.  We all know about the best laid plans.
In the mean time I participated in the “It’s All About Me” hop in late February.  I was one of the extremely lucky winners of the Amy Bradley patterns and fabrics.  Well one of the patterns is “Meet The Tweets”.  Definitely love at first sight.  Here are a couple of the little guys.



If you have never used an Amy Bradley pattern, you must.  I have done fusible appliqué before but her step by baby step walk through and tips and wonderful pattern pieces made the whole process speedy and seamless. I managed to whip up this top in under a week and I work full time.




Wed night I pulled fabric from the stash and I traced all the pieces onto fusible and ironed them onto their fabric.  Thur night I cut them all out and stacked them on their background squares ready to be put together.  Friday night and on and off Saturday I ironed the pieces to the background and did the detail stitching.  Sunday I put the blocks together and viola, the top was done.  Good thing because on Wednesday I left on a trip and I needed Monday and Tuesday night to pack.


The only place I deviated from the instructions was the eyes.  The eyes  were supposed to be tiny little buttons.  Since my quilt will be going to a 5 month old I thought that was a bad idea.  My dilemma was how I was going to get that beady eyed look.   I ended up using  little paper lifesavers, you know the kind you used as a kid in a loose leaf book so the pages didn’t pull out.   I stuck them to the face, really mashing them into the fabric the best I could and then filled in the hole with a black pigma pen. I gave it a few minutes to dry and then removed the life saver.  My fear was that, that much ink would run, but as you can see, it didn’t.





I have done just very basic quilting in the ditch so far. I plan on going back and doing some echo quilting  around the boys in the very near future, as soon as I have some free time and can decide if I can do it by machine vs. by hand.

Isn't this just the perfect backing for the guys.

Now I want to thank Madame Samm and Mary for the great jobs they have done in setting up and running this wonderful hop.  I also want to thank Amy Bradley for the wonderful pattern.

You now need to fly off and visit all of the other contributors for today.  For your continued convienence I have them listed below
 
 
Wednesday, May 8
 













82 comments:

  1. How cute!! I agree with the button eyes for a wee one - great idea.

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  2. This is sew wonderful! Yellow with white, blue and/or green are my personal favorite colors. Thanks so much for sharing ... :) Pat

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  3. Oh you made Amy's pattern. I adore it! Just so darling! Super job! Super cute!

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  4. Love you Amy Bradley bird quilt, baby perfect! Thank you for sharing how to do the eyes.

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  5. those boys are rockin! Sew darn cute!!

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  6. Oh these birdies are absolutely fun! Such a great and happy quilt! Cute!!!

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  7. This quilt put a HUGE smile on my face... my puppy woke up from his nap to see what the laugh was all about! They are incredibly gorgeous and funny... they will look great in the boy's room!

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  8. So cute. Lovely, Thanks for sharing.
    Frederika

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  9. I love those cute birds! And you're right, perfect back for that quilt. Your eye-dea is spot on!

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  10. Perfect little birds, great quilt colors....

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  11. Very cute. Love the little birds.

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  12. How cute! I love your idea for the eyes, I also rarely use buttons on anything because I'm always hoping that there will be babies in my house! :)

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  13. Your quilt is adorable! Thank you for sharing :)

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  14. Selina those birds have such personality! How cute they are. I'm sure whether you hand or machine quilt them it will be great.

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  15. How cute and funny are those birds ! Perfect backing too !

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  16. :) Love their Big Expressive Eyes!

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  17. Sweet quilt! I agree on the buttons. And that backing is perfect for boys!

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  18. I knew someone would make these...are they not just soooo perfect, simple and yet outstanding...I would fly with you anywhere on your adventures in quilting

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  19. Love that pattern and what a great idea for the eyes. I wouldn't use buttons for a small childs quilt either, unless you have buttons the size of dinner plates=)

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  20. Ummm...yes...love this and your backing choice is perfect!!

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  21. I just love this pattern and your fabric choices! Their faces are so expressive! Thanks for sharing!

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  22. This is such a cute quilt and will make some baby really happy. Great work. I'm impressed at your speed! I like that it is nice and bright for baby also.

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  23. Love it. Amy Bradley sure does know how to make us smile. Your little guys are too darn cute!

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  24. Your sweet little quilt will certainly be loved by the lucky baby who will get it! Great job!

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  25. Loved that adorable quilt, the little birds are so fun!!

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  26. I love that quilt! I have the same pattern started, but not quite finished. Yours is so cute...you've inspired me to get mine finished. :O)

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  27. Those little birds are amazing! Your eyes worked out very well too. Great job.

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  28. What a cute birdie quilt and what a great idea for how to do the eyes!

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  29. What a cutie quilt to go to a baby.

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  30. Amy Bradley's patterns are the best, aren't they? I love your bluebird quilt. Nice save too with the eyes. No little buttons for a little one as you know that will go straight to the mouth! Just makes you smile looking at these birds!

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  31. i love that quilt. It makes me happy to look at it

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  32. I think you quilt is so darn cute. That baby will love it too.

    Thanks for sharing.

    senstrings (at) yahoo dot com

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  33. Oh so cute and just perfect for a baby! Thanks for being on the hop!

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  34. That is very cute and the yellow "eggs" are perfect for the backing.

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  35. I like your birds. Very cute quilt. For ANYONE.

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  36. You did a wonderful job on your birds. They are just too cute. Thank you for being part of the hop.

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  37. Oh so adorable that baby will just love it forever. Thanks for sharing.

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  38. Selena, love that little birdy quilt!

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  39. That quilt is awesome Selina. I love the birds they are cute and fun.
    Thanks for being part of this hop and sharing your creativity

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  40. What an adorable quilt! The birds are fantastic and I love the colors and fabrics you chose!

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  41. I love the Dr. Seuss fabric for the backing. Great minds think alike - I used it for backing for a baby quilt. When I went to the quilt shop, one of the gals went immediately to the fabric. I put the remainder in my polka dot stash. The birds are adorable. I have not tried an Amy Bradley pattern and now know I must. I call those notebook ring reinforcers - "sticky holes!" It's funny and my friends all know what I mean. I had never heard them called life savers and that's a great description. I love the creativity of using them to get the eyes as you want. I enjoy seeing the creativity of each participant. I just wonder how much more is used that is never shared in a blog. I hope this wonderful idea is stored in my memory bank. Thanks for participating in the hop and sharing all the info and especially the wonderful quilt. I hope to see you soon in more hops.

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  42. Those birds look like they would be trouble! What a fun quilt and you did a wonderful job, thanks for sharing.

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  43. those tweets are so cute. What a fun quilt.

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  44. Super cutiest birdiebirds! A great fun quilt, thanks for sharing.

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  45. Fabulous quilt! I love the blue/yellow combination.

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  46. Oh my I LOVE those birds!!!!! They are the cutest ever!!!!
    Great job!

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  47. That is the cutest quilt. Amy;s patterns are sew much fun. I love the way you did the eyes. They came out great.

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  48. This is np my favorite today, I am smiling ear or ear. So cute!

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  49. super cute birdie baby quilt! you've made it sound easy peasy and fast to make. thanx for sharing.

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  50. That is just too adorable! I love it!

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  51. Very cute. I need to find this pattern.

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  52. The quilt is too cute! So much fun.

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  53. I am liking this quilt just too much. The birds are adorable and the colors blow my mind. Here's a blue ribbon for your blue birds!

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  54. Totally adorable quilt. Amy Butler's designs are marvelous and I love these birds! I agree, buttons are not for babies; excellent decision.

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  55. These are just too adorable.

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  56. Amy's birds are adorable. Great job on the quilt!

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  57. Those birds are funny with their bulging eyes, love them!

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  58. What an adorable quilt - I love it!!
    Thank you for sharing!

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  59. How cute is that, I love your quilt!
    Thanks for sharing ☺
    Bente

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  60. Very cute and I know they will love it..

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  61. Hi!!! Love your birds!!!! Too sweet!!! Wonderful for a baby!!!

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  62. such a super cute quilt. thanks for sharing your fun birds.
    thanks for coming by my blog too and leaving a very nice comment.

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  63. You've done a great job on this quilt! The backing fabric is a perfect choice.

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  64. Ohh I just love it! Thanks for sharing.

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  65. What a super cute quilt. Lucky baby!

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  66. I wasn't even all the way through your post before I was googling and pinning the pattern - those birds are adorable and hysterical all at the same time. And you did a great job on the eyes - they look awesome.

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  67. The birds are hysterically cute. That tip about the eyes is a great idea and one that I will be adopting. Thank you for the guys with us and yes the back fabric is prefect!!

    Sincerely,
    Tricia

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  68. Your birdies are adorable Selina. Thanks for sharing. janita

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  69. Your birds are so fun! Love your quilt. Thanks for sharing!

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