Monday, 9 May 2016

Garden for Birds - Rainbow version

Hello!  After a bit of a hiatus, I'm back!  I'm hoping to start posting with more regularity again, but, we'll see...

Anyway, this quilt has been finished for a while, but I haven't previously found the motivation to post about it.  It's the third quilt I've made from this pattern (my own).  This is the original Garden for Birds Quilt and this is the Garden for Birds Quilt 2.

I made this one over the course of last year as I taught this quilt pattern for the second time.  It was nice to sew along with my students (although all my stitching was done outside class time, of course).

Garden for Birds 3 

This time I went back to something slightly more along the line of my original quilt, with rainbow colours and a low volume background.  A little black sneaked in as well, since I was going high contrast with this quilt.

Simple quilting seemed to be the way to go, so I quilted a large scale meander design over the whole quilt, choosing Aurifil in my favourite colour, 2021.  To make the quilting stand out a little more, I went with a 40 weight thread instead of my usual 50 weight thread - its still subtle but just that bit heavier.

Garden for Birds 3

My stash is pretty out of control, so I have been trying to make quilt backs from fabrics in my stash rather than buying yardage for quilt backs.  Sticking with the rainbow theme, I used a selection of cheerful prints for the back of this quilt, which I rather like.

I'm about to start teaching this class again for the third time.  Every year, my students come up with fabulous and different interpretations of the pattern - I'm excited to see this year's batch of quilts!

9 comments:

Eleanor said...

Your quilt is beautiful! I love your use of colours in it - it's sweet!

Patchwork and Play said...

How lovely that you made a second one of these- it looks fabulous! I love how the cat looks like its playing with a big red ball, as part of the Dresden Plate centre- very clever! Will you be making a third one, along with your students Adrianne?

Tawa said...

Congrats on winning the RB box yesterday. I was hoping against all logic that Palmy would be the chosen city. Hopefully you got some nice fabrics to add to your stash.

gibbygoo56 said...

Dreamy quilt. I love the use of fabrics, the applique and piecing used to make this fabulous quilt. Beautiful job! Loving the kitty cat!

Gemini Jen NZ said...

It is super cool! Great work!

chromatobalomata said...

Your quilt is beautiful!

Monika Karwowska said...

ƚliczniutki patchwork :)

leanne said...

oh my goodness - love this quilt ! what a fabulous quilt to learn in class - any chance you'll be publishing it ?

Phyllis Brandon said...

Hi, I just discovered you and love your rainbow for the birds quilt!!!! I've bookmarked your beautiful blog so I can visit frequently.