I saw the bird fabric and loved it immediately. Usually I’m drawn more to clear colors, brights, reds, less the muted ones, but over the years, I’ve stashed away a fair amount of greys, greens, and cream contemporary prints. I was feeling like a more quiet quilt, and a quick one, so with the bird print (Alexander Henry Fabrics) in hand, I decided to slice and dice less than usual, and pieced together this top in about 2 hours.
The big strips are 7-1/2″ wide. Cut the width of the fabric (minus selvedges) I pieced the strips end to end with Kona Cotton grey 2″ X 7″ bits, and then cut strips that were 60″ long. There are some fat quarter strips in there, plus some scraps from the stash that looked good. I mixed it up and sewed them together. Voila. A quilt top.
I quilted it with a loopy flower design called “button flower” that I thought suited the bird print I love on the quilt.
Birds have gotten to be a cliche in the mod crafty world. Owls (which I realize are also birds) are totally overdone, as were deer a few years ago. This video Portlandia: “Put a Bird on it” is worth a watch and a laugh. I like my quilt even so.