I’d like to introduce my Birds in the Air quilt!
Many of the birds were created in different parts of the country by my bee mates from That Stash Bee in January of last year. They flew home to North Carolina and sat around my sewing studio for more than a year waiting for a bit of stitching attention.
A couple of months ago, I picked up the blocks and turned them into a top. I had fun deciding on a layout for the quilt. You can read more about that here. In the end, I decided to go with what I am calling an interrupted zigzag layout.
For the quilting, I went with a small paisley design in the background and a back and forth in the triangles. The paisleys give the quilt movement and is the most dense quilting I’ve ever done. Even with all the quilting, the quilt still has a lovely drape. That may be because I prewashed the batting. More on that here.
In my effort to use up my scraps, I went with a scrappy binding made from strips of different lengths. I love the look and think it fits well with the other fabrics in the quilt.
Some quilts bring more of a sense of relief when they are finished than others. This is certainly one of them. These birds have been a long time in the making!
If you are interested in making a quilt with the Birds in the Air block, check out the tutorial that I’ve written. If you do make a quilt or blocks from the tutorial, please feel free to post to the Mama Love Quilts Flickr group. I’d love to see what you stitch up!
If you are looking to practice quilting paisleys, check out this post on machine quilting paisleys.
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