Saturday, May 9, 2015

For the Birds

Finally, a finish.  My first one in months. That's what a deadline will do for you.  
The Seacoast Modern Quilt Guild will participating in  A Quilters Gathering quilt show in November with an exhibit of mini quilts.  These quilts represent a modern interpretation of a traditional block.  The traditional block I chose is called Pigeon Toes.  Not a very attractive block, but I wanted to finally use a ruler that I had purchased a couple of years ago.  It's the Split Rec ruler by Deb Tucker. My pigeon toes turned out lovely.
The traditional block is a 5x5 grid with a combination of squares and half rectangles (pigeon toes). I kept with the 5x5 grid but rearranged the blocks and used some extra half rectangles.  We were only allowed to use solids for this project and had to finish at either 18" sq. or 22" sq.  This one is 22".

The diamonds and the elongated flying geese - which I call flying pigeons - are all made from half rectangles.  The binding and backing is the same Kona Ash as the background.  I did a bit of echo quilting within each section.
I even found a little clip-art pigeon to add the the label.
I'm calling this "Pigeons in the Park".  Sounds much nicer than "Pigeon Toes".

I really liked the way the flying pigeons turned out and would definitely make another quilt with them.  But first, we have two new babies coming into the family in the next few months so Auntie Jane needs to get busy with those baby quilts.

Joyful stitching,