Bird Love



Hey Everyone! I am Crystal Hendrix from Hendrixville. I am so happy to bring to you all another amazing Moda Bake Shop Quilt! 

I was inspired by my wonderful Mother-in-Law who loves birds! I designed and made this for her! I hope that you all will fall in love with it as much as I have! 

 



1 layer cake Spirit by Lila Tueller
2 charm packs Spirit by Lila Tueller
3 7/8 y 11434-13 (background- blue)
2 7/8 y 11435-13 (thick border-dark blue)
2 1/4 y 11436-16 (thin border-white)
5/8 y 11435-15 (roof-brown)
7 y 11436-18 (backing)
3/4 y 11430-13 (binding)






I am not a big fan of applique ... mostly because I am afraid of it, so I try to patchwork as much as I can. If you have any questions about the instructions, PLEASE let me know and I will help out.

Making the Bird Block: (Total needed: 9)

 
I have labeled each piece so that it may be easier to understand. In the parentheses is how many you will need to make the total 9 blocks.

*Please watch for your pattern lines. If you want them to all match up right please cut your pieces accordingly! I had to redo quite a few because of this reason!*





 A1: 4 (36) pieces of background fabric 1¾”x1¾” square 







A2: 3 (27) pieces of main bird fabric 1¾”x1¾” square  



A3: 4 (36) piece of wing bird fabric 1¾”x1¾” square 




B: 2 (18) pieces of background fabric 4 ¼”x1 ¾” rectangle



 C: 1 (9) piece of background fabric 5 ½”x4 ¼” rectangle




  D: 1 (9) piece background fabric 3”x3” square




E1: 10 (90) pieces of main bird fabric 2 1/8”x2 1/8” square cut into half





 E2: 8 (72) pieces of background fabric 2 1/8”x2 1/8” square cut into half




E3: 1 (9) piece of bird beak fabric 2 1/8”x2 1/8” square cut into half




E4: 3 (27) pieces of bird wing fabric 2 1/8”x2 1/8” square cut into half




 F1: 2 (18) pieces of bird leg fabric 1¾”x1 3/8” rectangle




  F2: 1 (9) piece of background fabric 1 ¾”x1 3/8” rectangle


G: 1 (9) piece of background fabric 3”x1 ¾” rectangle








 H: 1 (9) piece of background fabric 8”x 1 ¾” rectangle






 I: 2 (18) pieces of main bird fabric 6 ¾”x1 ¾” rectangle

 
  










After you cut out all of your fabric, you can now combine your “E” pieces.

 
Combine 3 of your main bird fabrics with 3 of your bird wing fabric. Then combine all of your background pieces with the remaining pieces. 

*Instead of cutting your squares into triangles, you can leave the squares intact and sew ¼” from the middle (after marking a line). I did mine this way so that I could have my patterns line up*

To make assembly easier, I layout all of my pieces to make the bird.

  
 
To make sure you can put your bird together easily and line up so you don’t have to do any tricky stitching, I sew my pieces together in a particular order.

 
As you can tell from the picture, I layout all of my 9 block pieces so I can do all the blocks at one time. This makes it go by faster. 

 
*I found that I had to constantly check my pattern to make sure all my pieces lined up correctly. I did more seam ripping in this quilt than any other that I have made*



Making the House Block:  (Total needed: 9)


 
This block is easier than the bird block. I have labeled each piece as well. In the parentheses is how many you will need to make the total 9 blocks.

 



A1: 1 (9) piece background fabric 6”x5” cut in half rectangle 
  





 



 A2: 1 (9) piece house roof fabric 6”x5” cut in half rectangle










 B1: 1 (9) piece background fabric 6”x5” cut in half rectangle 




B2: 1 (9) piece house roof fabric 6”x5” cut in half rectangle

*Make sure to cut carefully if you want your fabric patterns to line up!*

 

C: 2 (18) pieces of background fabric 6 3/8”x1¾” rectangle
 
D: 2 (18) pieces of background fabric 3 3/8”x1 3/8” rectangle 
 



 

E: 1 (9) piece of brown fabric 2 1/8”x1 3/8” rectangle 






 



F: 2 (18) pieces main house fabric 5½”x3 3/8” rectangle 
 



G: 2 (18) pieces main house fabric 2 1/8”x2 1/8” square
 

  
 

H: 1 (9) piece of brown fabric 2 1/8”x2 1/8” square  





 




 I: 4 (36) pieces of main house fabric 1 ¼”x1 ¼” square 


* This piece is so tiny, you can’t see the fabric pattern well, so don’t worry about the fabric pattern*





I find it easier to piece it in a particular order.




To assemble the rest of the quilt: (Cut and sew the following)

  1.Cut out (18) 10” squares for the background fabric. (Once you have trimmed up your house and bird blocks you will need to trim these down to match).

2)   2.Cut (2) 60”x2½” strips of white fabric.

3)   3.Cut (2) 65”x2½” strips of white fabric.

4)   4.Cut (2) 75”x2½” strips of white fabric.

5)   5.Cut (2) 79”x2½” strips of white fabric.

6)   6.Cut (2) 79”x 7” strips of Dark blue outer border fabric.

7)   7.Cut (2) 93”x7” strips of Dark blue outer border fabric.

8)   8.Sew together (2) 13 – 5” squares (charm).

9)   9.Sew together (2) 15 -5” squares (charm).

*You will need to cut down some of your extra layer cake pieces*


Assemble bird, house and plain blocks together: 



Sew the 60”x2½” strips of white fabric to the top and bottom of the quilt, followed by the 65”x2½” strips of white fabric to the sides:



Sew the (2) 13 – 5” squares (charm) to the top and bottom of the quilt followed by the (2) 15 -5” squares (charm) to the sides of the quilt:



Sew the 2 – 75”x2½” strips of white fabric to the top and bottom of the quilt followed by the 2 – 79”x2½” strips of white fabric to the sides of the quilt:



Finish off the quilt top by sewing the 2 – 79”x 7” strips of Dark blue outer border fabric to the top and bottom of the quilt and the 2 – 93”x7” strips of Dark blue outer border fabric to the sides of the quilt top:

 
Baste, pin, quilt and bind as desired.







Once finished, you will have an approximate 93”x93” quilt. Perfect for a queen size bed!



If you have enjoyed this quilt and tutorial feel free to see what else I am up to with my family at my blog! 


Crystal Hendrix



24 comments:

Q said...

Those are very cute birdies and birdie houses! I'm not sure I am ready for piecing pieces that tiny... I will end up with monster birdies!

Your birdies look lovely :)

Lynne (Lily's Quilts) said...

What a fabulous quilt - I love those birds and the houses and love the border too.

NĂºria said...

So sweet!!!! What a lovely birds! What a lovely quilt, in fact.

Quilt Azubi said...

what a cute quilt !!
gorgeous !!

greetings
Kat

Dolores said...

too cute! TFS

Lettyb said...

Super quilt and great instructions. It will be a challenge - but I'll piece a sample bird and a sample birdhouse and see how it goes! :) Thank you!

Monica said...

Well written tutorial! Since my daughter's room is all birds, I would love to make a pillow with just one of the bird blocks. Thanks so much!

KatieQ said...

I love the look of this quilt, but it is definitely beyond my skill set. Thank you for the very clear tutorial. I may try to make one of the bird house blocks.

Vicki @ DottyJane said...

I love those birds! Very cute quilt:)

missavene said...

totally breath taking, so sweet of you to share your design!

MN2NM said...

Gorgeous! Great job!

Joy said...

I really like this. Very modern. Bookmarked for later.

beecee said...

That is really special. What a great bird block you designed.

Quiltjane said...

Thank you for the fantastic tutorial. The quilt is so original and looks great in that fabric collection.

Connie said...

Thanks for a wonderful project. I just love those chubby birds.

Katie B. said...

Very nice, Crystal!

Sara Birch said...

Crystal! You are amazing! I would have just done it applique because piecing that tiny intimidates me. Super cute quilt.

Vickie said...

What a darling quilt...although I know I would simplify those birdies! The are adorable! What a cute idea!! Your mom is a lucky lady!! How sweet of you to think of her!

Sherry said...

What a fun quilt. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe.

Modern Male Homemaker said...

While I love appliqueing (freehand, not that iron on stuff) I'm thinking that the challenge of piecing those small pieces together would be worthy of a shot. Absolutely love all the detail and work you put into this tutorial and am totally going to try a few sample blocks of those cute birds and birdhouses!

Molly said...

So cute! I love this one! :)

webmailaddress2 said...

Your quilt is so cute! I love birds and quilting together. I feel the same way about applique. The puzzle piecing aspect of quilting is gone when you just sew one piece on top of the other.

Kim said...

Sweet......love the colors you choose and how you used them...very nice design.

Happy sewing and continued success.

flo said...

Crystal:
Your instructions are EXCELLENT! In fact, the best I've seen. I started quilting after a medical career...your step by step detailed procedure makes it easy to follow and understand. I'd like to have more of your designs & instructions. Hope a book follows! Keep it up.... flo