Baby’s Birds, a finished quilt

On October 3rd my sister had a baby (yay!) Since there was a conveniently timed holiday long weekend just a few days later we popped over to meet the new one. (There is no name yet, hence “baby,” “new one,” etc.)

I was slow to start a quilt for this one, more info about that here, but last Friday I got down to it. I had a lovely inspiration starting point:


This is a gouache painting given to my sister by one of her oldest friends, the VERY talented Jenny Ritter. I liked the blue and white equilateral triangles so that was my starting point. I knew I had a couple metres of birds on blue and loads of white, so easy enough.

What size triangles to use? This is mid-morning, before I ran out for an appt.img_1307

6″ triangles seem perfect. Everything is cut out. Lunch time now.


Pretty good for first time doing equilateral triangles!


Everything was sewn into rows by end of school day, 3ish. Ran to the fabric store with the kids to buy batting and backing. And the toy store for a present for the new big sister. And gas up the car for the road trip. Home again, but dinner time now. I started again after W was in bed at 7:30 and dishes were washed. Rows sewn together quickly and pressed.

Funny story: B and husband decided to watch “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” practically beside me and since *I* was being so thoughtless to be sewing while they were watching a movie I could only sew fast during the loud bits. Honestly! Don’t they know I’m trying to do an Eleanor Burns here?

Basting! Why yes I do always co-ordinate my duct tape to match my quilts.


I quilted orange lines along all the seams, trying to keep the machine quiet. Thank goodness for battle scenes!

The proud papa is Dutch so I had to throw in some more orange. I used the fabulous flanged binding tutorial from Sew Fresh Quilts which I’ve never used before but I am a total convert and will absolutely use again. I managed to trim the quilt so that the flange didn’t obscure any of those amazing points I got and still had a full binding. It was now around 11pm and I was done.


From start to finish, about 7 hours. 


The quilt on the left is the quilt I made for the now-big sister in 2014. Birds, blue/orange, pointy bits are the similarities. Funny how tastes change.


A peak at the back.


Quilt Stats:

Title: Baby’s Birds

Lifetime quilt no.58

Started: October 7, 2016

Finished: October 7, 2016 (fastest quilt I’ve ever made!!)

Size: 31″x32″

Number of pieces: 66

Quilting: straight-line quilting done with walking foot, gutterman thread because I had lots of orange

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts on her 5th anniversary of “Finish It Up Friday!”

6 thoughts on “Baby’s Birds, a finished quilt

  1. Hi , I tried to just a leave a comment on the blog post but it kept saying I had an invalid email address.

    Anyway, lovely quilt that looks superb with the sweet artwork!! I am sure it will be treasured.

    Melody Anderson Iowa, USA theredhenshop

    On Fri, Oct 14, 2016 at 12:56 PM, handwroughtquilts wrote:

    > handwroughtquilts posted: “On October 3rd my sister had a baby (yay!) > Since there was a conveniently timed holiday long weekend just a few days > later we popped over to meet the new one. (There is no name yet, hence > “baby,” “new one,” etc.) I was slow to start a quilt for this one,” >


  2. How so very sweet of your sister to time her baby-making to fit your long weekend. If my sisters had been so sweet their babies might have received quilts, also. (or not) Seriously, this little quilt is pretty impressive, especially those points! It must have been interesting working around the movie scenes to be able to sew. Years ago, any time my machine ran while the TV was on, it caused horrible static, both noise and picture. (We’re talking a different century here.) Anyway, I could sew only during commercials and cartoons. It really ate into m tinyy bits of sewing time! lol I’d forgotten about that…thanks for the memories!


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