February 12, 2012

Valentine Bluebirds...

I'm nearly finished with the February mini quilt for the Sandy's Quilt Shop QAL. You know how I adore the French General fabrics from Moda, so I decided to use that line for my interpretation of the design.

When I was at the shop on Saturday, they asked where my piece was. I replied, "It's not even February yet!" There was a lot of chortling and cajoling, to say nothing of the immediate correction I received. Sad, but I was serious! Seems I've been so busy with other things that, even though I've been writing "February" on everything, it hadn't really registered that it was time to make this month's piece. (Nothing like having a "senior moment" in front of God and everybody!)

When Tammy and I got back from the art show (photos later in the week), I immediately set to making my piece. All the fabrics were chosen, templates cut, fabric fused and attached to the background fabric before I went to bed Saturday night. I did the stitching, assembly and machine quilting Sunday before heading to a concert in the afternoon. I didn't want to waste any time finishing it!
This is the original piece as executed by the gal who designed it. (My sincere apologies that I don't know her name so that I can share it with you!)

When we receive our design sheets, we get to see the original - which I always photograph - along with shapes to make templates for the applique' pieces. (One 8 x 10" sheet of paper that's mostly white with a few elements drawn in.) We're left with quite a bit of leeway for decisions about color, placement - even the number of leaves to use in this one. I stuck pretty close to what the designer wanted, but chose to make my statement with the fabrics. I still have birds' eyes and flower centers to do and then I'll show you the entire piece, along with photos of finished minis from some of my other shop pals.

Tomorrow is Valentine's Day and another Tuesdays with Tag. We're working on a little something special for his post. In the meantime, if you'd like a little gift inspiration, perhaps you'll go over to Button Floozies blog where I left an idea. Of course it uses buttons, so don't be surprised!
Tomorrow is the last day to enter my 1000th Post Giveaway.  If you haven't entered yet, be sure to click here to drop your name in the hat. Drawing will close at 10:30 pm. I'll announce the winners on Wednesday. Good Luck!



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Charlie and Wendy said...

The little glimpse of your block looks gorgeous, lovely fabric choices!

nancy huggins said...

Love the fabric choices and the Bird does make one think spring. Nice work (as usual) Donna

Carol at Serendipity said...

Beautiful as always my friend.

Hope you have a wonderful week.

xxoo
Carol

Shirley said...

Donna, I wouldn't mind having your little bluebirds. It makes me think of Spring, but we don't have that today. We have snow on the ground and schools are closed. I need to get my boots on and go clean off my car and go to work. I am not to anxious. I really would much sooner stay home today. Have a great day and enjoy your sewing. Hugs from Your Missouri Friend.

Carol said...

I am so with you...February...really...and it's almost half over...YIKES!

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Of course I love those BIRDIES!!
Ah, Feb is a short month. Don't sweat it!!

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

I really like your fabric choices! Very pretty, indeed!

Susan At Glen Oaks Primitives said...

These fabrics and colors together are so beautiful. Lovely job, Donna.
Hugs,
Susan

Createology said...

Oh how I have done the same thing about thinking a month behind. It appears you have gotten a great QAL piece working now and will be all caught up. Your framed button heart on Button Floozies is beautiful. Fabulous February Dear...

Michelle May said...

Beautiful girlfriend! Beautiful!

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