Madrona Road Challenge Quilt is Finished!

Just in time for the Portland Modern Quilt Guild meeting this week, I finished my Madrona Road challenge quilt!

I did the quilting and binding last night. The quilt is about 34-inches by 34-inches. I’m calling it “Bird in a Window” because of the cute little birdie sitting in the center square.

Here’s a look at the completed quilt:

Bird in a Window Quilt Top

Bird in a Window Quilt Top

For the quilt back, I added some interest by piecing together a few more squares and hand-embroidering the quilt details onto the label:

Bird in a Window Back

Bird in a Window Back

Two close-ups:

Bird Block Close-Up

Bird Block Close-Up

Label Close-Up

Label Close-Up

This has been a fun challenge for me, and I hope to participate in future challenges!

I plan on taking this quilt with me to the guild meeting this week. I think there may be a group photo taken at the meeting so I’ll try to post about it.

Enjoy!
~Jennifer~

A Little Spring Birdie Quilt

For Christmas gifts this year, I focused on giving handmade items such as holiday soaps or quilted wall-hangings.

I wanted to make a fun bird themed wall-hanging for my sister in bright, cheerful colors. Why? Because she lives in snow country, and I thought that a little taste of early spring would be a welcome addition to her craft room.

I found a cute little paper-pieced birdie pattern by bcheri on Etsy. I made (1) 6-inch birdie block, but the seller does give you instructions for reducing or enlarging the block.

Once I had finished the bird block, I added an inner white (Kona cotton) border and then an outer border from a green leaf print. I added some hand embroidery details on the wing, the legs, the eyelashes, and added the word “Bird” to the lower right corner of the “grass” area.

I did simple quilting on my Bernina and then added a small black button for the eye. I used solid black (Kona cotton) for the binding.

Here’s a look at the finished Birdie wall-hanging:

Bird Wall-Hanging

Bird Wall-Hanging

Here’s a close-up look at the bird block:

Bird Block Close-Up

Bird Block Close-Up

I found some great decorative wire hangers for little quilts online at Pumpkinvine Corner. I highly recommend this retailer because they shipped the hangers fast and adjusted the shipping costs after the sale to reflect the actual shipping cost! I will definitely order more hangers from this store for future projects.

I hope you enjoyed your holiday!

Happy crafting,
~Jennifer~