The Birds of a Feather wall hanging I’m working on for my parents’ 40th anniversary is coming along. (Thank Gods! The anniversary is in early April. Yikes!) Here’s what the Birds of a Feather quilt looks like in the book:
The Birds of a Feather Quilt by Barb Adams of Blackbird Designs
That quilt, full sized, is a queen sized quilt. I don’t have time to make all of that. Plus, my parents don’t have the space to hang another quilt that big. (I’ve reserved the only large enough space for my Home Sweet Home quilt. When I move out, they’ll just have to deal with the big blank space where my quilt used to be.)
So I’m taking the parts of the Birds of a Feather quilt I really love and I’m mixing them up into a 24″ x 36″ (or thereabouts) wall hanging based on that quilt using the same pattern pieces.
Here’s the sketch on onion paper of my overall (re)design. Click on the picture to see the full size:
- Sharpie Sketch of the Wall Hanging
It’ll be mostly in rich greens and browns with a small touch of blue here and there (for the birds) and red (for the berries). The border will be a wide 4″ black border print with hints of brown and gold. Here’s a close approximation of what the interior appliqued part will look like. Click to see the full size:
The Rough Sketch on Onion Paper
I’m changing the stars in the top right corner. They’re not big enough and I don’t like the placement. I’m also changing the pears in the lower left corner. They need to be darker. Also, the petunia blossoms will be brown. All in all, I’m happy with it.
I don’t think I’ll ever make another quilt as large as the Home Sweet Home quilt. That was a lot of work. (I write “was” like I’m finished with it. I wish. The top was a lot of work. The quilting will be more work. And I don’t look forward to it.)
But with this wall hanging, I can see the end of it near. I like that a lot. It’s gratifying to be able to finish more pieces than to labor away at one piece you never can make yourself complete because you’re just so sick of it. But then, I think that the end of the Home Sweet Home quilt will be all the sweeter because of all that labor and time and back-breaking work. And I won’t mention the tender fingers. At any rate… We’ll see.
In the meanwhile, I’ve got an idea for another wall hanging after I finish the Birds of a Feather wall hanging and the Home Sweet Home quilt. This time, I think I’ll try my hand at using my own design…