Birds, Stars, & Baskets

Bird Brain, Fall Harvest (scrappy baskets), Murrieta Stars – Flannel

A variety of work was done yesterday.  I thought it was about time to get the flannel back out and figure out what I needed to do to enlarge the quilt a little bit.  I added an almost 3 inch border strip to the sides to finish that area off.  I still need to add to the length which well take a bit of piecing with all the leftover pieces of yellow that I have – I might find that I will need to put in a couple pieces of patchwork too, to make it long enough.  This is now 102.5 inches wide.


Some of the fabric I am using for the bird blocks – The light colors off to the side probably won’t be used.  The blocks are going to be about 7 inches.


And another bundle of charms – again most of the light colors will not be used, I have two packages of these in different colors – Boundless Batiks from Craftsy.  The white yardage is Boundless solid in white.  You can usually get this fabric at about $4.00 when the supply sales start.  I think it is a little lighter weight than Kona solids – I don’t buy any solids now but Boundless from Craftsy unless I need a color they do not have.


My first bird.  I had thought I would need to paper piece these but you don’t – I did get the pattern, but I have a bit of trouble with patterns most of the time and I thought this was one of the more difficult to follow for instructions I am better at following pictures than reading patterns sometimes and some I find not as well written as others.  I am linking to My Quilt Infatuation today.


Part of this photo seems to be cut off for some reason – I’m not sure how that happened  but basically it is all here.  I have one more almost finished – they go really quickly.  If I don’t get too side tracked maybe I can get all 300 baskets done before the end of summer!






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14 comments… add one
  • Marianne May 25, 2017

    I’m making a pinwheel quilt right now using two Boundless charm packs I’ve had for a while, but I don’t really like the “hand.” It feels a little cheap to me, unfortunately. I did get a Boundless bundle of FQs and some solid black that feel a lot better, so I am feeling that the charms (30’s prints) are an anomaly. I don’t like the Kona solids either – too stiff and hard to hand quilt.

    I love that bird block you’re making with the batiks – it is adorable and will make a whimsical quilt.

  • Teri Dingler May 25, 2017

    Loving the bird! I can’t wait to see this one done!

  • Rebecca Grace May 25, 2017

    Your little birdie is adorable, and so precise! I’m amazed that you could do that block so well with traditional piecing. Thanks for the tip about the Boundless solids, too.
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  • Marie May 25, 2017

    Totally love the scrappy borders on your star quilt – they are perfect! And thanks for the Boundless tip. I bought a bolt of Kona Snow but I find it a tad on the heavy side – I’ll have to try Boundless and see if I like it better (still lots of Snow to go yet though!).
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  • Jayne May 25, 2017

    I just love those little birds! Every time I see them I want to make some for me!

  • Barbara May 25, 2017

    Great bird! Your mustard quilt is going to be a knockout!

  • Deb May 25, 2017

    WOW the flannel just looks gorgeous and that birdie is adorable 🙂
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  • Dottie bishaw May 25, 2017

    Your Murrieta Stars quilt is getting so large and beautiful. I can’t believe you’re starting another quilt, you’re just so fast! The little bird block is so cute, l’m going to love watching you make this quilt. I had another dental appointment this morning and so glad to be back home. Hope you have a nice day on your porch!

  • Karon Scott May 25, 2017

    I love the star quilt and the pieced/stripped borders that you have used. The yellow makes all other colors sing. Will be watching the bird project, they are very cute.
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  • Karen May 25, 2017

    Your flannel quilt is coming right along. I, too, make large functional quilts. Your bird block is super cute. And I can’t wait to see what the whole quilt will look like. Now that you’ve done one block, the rest should be easier and soon you’ll be sewing them in y our sleep.

  • Connie Robison May 25, 2017

    Ohhhhhh I love that bird. I have the pattern, but I haven’t started on mine yet. Too many UFO’s to finish up first.
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  • Quiltdivajulie May 25, 2017

    For those who don’t have the liberated (not paper pieced) bird tutorial (not a pattern), it can be found through Lynne Tyler’s blog – The Patchery Menagerie. It is available in her Etsy shop and is well worth the $10 for the excellent photos and process notes. Karen – your bird looks great!
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    • Karen May 26, 2017

      that is the pattern I have

  • maggie May 26, 2017

    i think the bird is adorable
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