Monday, 28 October 2013

Garden for Birds Quilt - finished!

My garden for birds quilt is finally finished!  The baby shower was this weekend so it is gifted and safely in hands of the mother-to-be.

Garden for Birds Quilt 

The making of this quilt has been quite a process. I designed the quilt right after my friend found out she was having a baby girl.  I was really quite excited because all the other babies this year have been boys, and I was more than ready to make something girly.

Garden for Birds Quilt 

This is the design I came up with - I wanted to make something fresh and colourful and a little bit crazy.  I started the quilt at a retreat, and it was a great opportunity to get a decent start.  It was also helpful having the encouragement and assistance of the other attendees - my friend Helen even did the appliqué on the birds and the leaves.

Garden for Birds Quilt in progress 

As I progressed, the quilt diverged a bit more from the original design. I enjoy that part of the process - tweaking and changing things.

Garden for Birds quilt still in progress 

Now the quilt is finished I think it will be just right for my friend and her baby - it's light and bright and has a touch of nature about it.

Garden for Birds Quilt 

I'm rather pleased with the backing fabric I found - I wanted to use something with a white background to pick up on the white parts on the front, but I also wanted plenty of colour and pattern so that it's not totally impractical for a baby quilt.  It's an older Michael Miller print and so lovely with all the flower pots.

Garden for Birds Quilt

I'm linking this quilt up to the Blogger's Quilt Festival at Amy's Creative Side, in the baby quilt category.  Make sure you head over and check out all the other quilts that have been linked up - there's a wealth of inspiration there.

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Quilt Stats
Pattern: my Garden for Birds Quilt
Finished Size: 36" by 42"
Fabric: various 
Backing: Michael Miller Flower Shop print
Binding: blue flower print from Spotlight
Pieced and quilted by: me, appliqué by my friend Helen.

Linking up with finish it up friday at crazy mom quilts.  I'm also linking up to Sew Cute Tuesday which I'm delighted to see is being continued over at my friend Alyce's blog, Blossom Heart Quilts.

Sew Cute Tuesday

This quilt is the first of my fourth quarter finishes. I'll be linking up with Leanne at she can quilt as part of the 2013 Finish Along in due course.

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47 comments:

  1. It's gorgeous Adrianne! I love the backing fabric too - I have some of the same print ready to back a WIP.

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  2. Such a beautiful quilt! Totally loving it. :D

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  3. Love how you designed this quilt yourself and made it even more beautiful!!!

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  4. Love how it turned out! The birds are my favorite.

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  5. oh, this is gorgeous! everything about it is perfect: great colors, happy design. yay!

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  6. This is fantastic! I love it! :)

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  7. love everything about this quilt :-)

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  8. This is so charming... thanks for sharing your design process!

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  9. This is so great! So unique. Great job!

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  10. so much wonderful detail - it's really lovely!

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  11. Inspiring is an understatement. This is fabulous! I just love quilts with different size blocks all fit together. A wonderful quilt. Lucky baby girl

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  12. This is gorgeous! I love how it all turned out!

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  13. You must be very proud, it"s beautiful. I love how the you've done the Dresdens.

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  14. It's wonderful... what a lovely gift!

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  15. This came out beautifully! :)

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  16. Beautiful - your friend must have been delighted.

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  17. Hi! I love your quilt! Fantastic design and so beautifully made! x Teje

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  18. This is so unique and beautiful! Awesome work!

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  19. This quilt is beautiful. Original design is definitely not one of my strong suits but it is definitely one of yours! What a lucky baby.

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  20. This quilt is so amazing. I love the unique pattern. I love the scrappy feel. I love the bright fabrics you chose. Love.

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  21. This is so fun and sweet - just the right amount of whimsy!

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  22. Wow - it's incredible! so unique! I'm sure they will treasure it for a long long time :)

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  23. This quilt just says joy to me! It's so much fun. Thanks for sharing.

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  24. I've been dying to see this one finished an - WOW - I'm not disappointed - it's lovely!

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  25. This quilt is wonderful, I am so glad to see it all finished. I think that baby is a very lucky one to have such a nice quilt.

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  26. Looks great! I love the block arrangement.

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  27. Love how creative this quilt is! Super sweet baby quilt.:)

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  28. It is amazing! A great baby shower quilt I love the birds and the flowers underneath, where do they come from?

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  29. Wow, that's gorgeous. I'm trying to make simple and quick baby quilts...then I see yours full of such detail and hard work. Great job.

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  30. This is a masterpiece. I'm glad you enjoyed the process of tweaking your design; that's one of my favourite parts too.

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  31. Adrianne, this is such a stunning quilt! Bright, cheerful, whimsical, and unique. You must be thrilled with the result! (and your friend too).

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  32. So beautiful and fun! Not my style at all and yet I love it!

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  33. Wow, Adrianne, this is gorgeous.

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  34. wow this is a lovely quilt

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  35. Love it. Love how unexpected it is. Nice work!

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  36. Oh wow this is an awesome finish! Great quilt Adrianne!

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  37. Your birds turned out great and I love the dresdens!

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  38. What a beautiful original baby quilt this is. Great work!

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  39. This is beautiful! I'd want to hang it on the wall :)

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  40. So very sweet and perfect and brilliant!

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