The first prompt for Season 15 of Project quilting was shared on Sunday, January 7th: Bird House. Sunday was a 20 hour travel day for me, so I remembered to look up the prompt sometime mid-day on Monday. Since my first Season 14 project last year was to make a whole cloth quilted placemat, my first thought when I read the prompt was to come up with another FMQing motif that I could use to make another whole cloth quilted placemat. I doodled out nests with and without eggs inside them, but I wasn’t loving where that was going. I did love the idea of a nest, though, so on Tuesday I started thinking about piecing a bird on a nest. I found a quilt pattern called Birds of a Feather by Jody Groenendyk of Gingerberry Quilts, and I loved the way she used curves to make birds!
Since I was inspired by her quilt, I purchased the Birds of a Feather pattern from Jody’s Etsy shop.
I used templates from Jen Carlton-Bailly to make 4″ finished curve shapes to make one of the birds in Jody’s pattern. Then I created a nest for the bird to sit on. I decided to trim the nest down and add a bit more negative space around the top and sides of the bird so that after quilting I would be able to trim the quilted placemat to 12½” x 16½”.
I chose to use a leafy meander for the quilting. I plan to use this quilting motif for the Scala baby quilt later this month, so getting a bit of practice in on this placemat seemed like a good idea, plus it felt like a compliment to the fact that many birds build their nests in trees.
The back of the quilted placemat is a solid green Carolyn Friedlander print (and the binding and prints on the front of the quilted placemat are also Carolyn Friedlander prints). As I was quilting the placemat and trimming it to size, my brain had a “what if…” moment:
If I were to remake this quilted placemat, I would not trim the nest down. Instead, I would opt to trim the bottom of the bird so that it looks like it is sitting IN the nest instead of ON the nest. Live and learn!
Linking up with Project Quilting 15.1 – Bird House.