|A Temple owl perhaps?|
This month I purchased this sweet quilt top from Bridget who owns the Etsy shop, Bridget Bright Arrow. "Sweet" was how Bridget described it. I felt the same way when I saw it. So much in fact, I moved it from the bottom of the pile of tops for machine quilting to right under the needle.
There are 24 hand embroidered bird blocks representing birds of North America, both domesticated and wild, from warm and cold climates for our feathered friends. The finished size is 43 1/2 inches x 63 inches.
It is quite exciting to take a vintage quilt top and breathe some new life into it.
I knew I wanted to quilt a fiddlehead fern in the green alternating blocks. When I did a google search for a picture of a fern so I could get an idea of how to quilt it unfurling its greenery...I came across this web site with free motion quilting for the fern. Leah, the free motion quilting blogger, is amazing and there are videos attached on how she quilts. (Time out for a confession - okay, so I spent a few hours fascinated with her blog. Sometimes these things happen. For me, it is machine quilting.) While my fiddlehead fern looks nothing like Leah's...it is because free motion quilting can be as different and individualized as handwriting.
The embroidery designs are outlined and where I felt the thread was a bit loose, my machine quilting acted as couching.
January is slowly winding down and soon the countdown to spring will begin. Until then, I'm going to keep locked away in my sewing room and get through some projects I've allocated to the back burner for too long, because more time spent quilting means less time thinking about how cold it is outside!