Dear Oda May: Kiss Kiss Birdie Quilt


Dear Readers,

We often get questions about which pattern to use for a special quilt or advice on enlarging or shrinking a pattern.  Sometimes readers get stuck or miscut fabric and need advice to finish their project. Oda May is here to answer your quilting dilemmas!

Today’s dilemma is from reader Joyce who has a lovely stack of applique birds that she would like to combine with precuts to create a finished quilt. Let’s see how Oda May solves her dilemma!


{from Joyce} I have a daunting project that includes (19) 16″ square heritage bird blocks from my daughter in law’s late grandmother. Your Kiss Kiss line seems to have the perfectly coordinating bird and I have Love Bird Cloud yardage, a jelly roll, a charm pack, and a layer cake. Need your suggestion for a pattern. Thanks.


I suggest {Jelly Roll Baskets} by Chef Shannon Mower. The block size works well with the vintage applique blocks and the baskets show off the colors and patterns in the fabric line. I created a rendering with a few more baskets that uses 12 of the bird blocks. This will leave several for a second quilt to combine with the layer cake that Joyce also has.


If you would like to create your own version of this quilt, download the bird applique {here} and pick out your favorite Jelly Roll!

P.S. The bird in the file can be scaled to your desired size. Simply print out larger or smaller than 100% scale.

Happy Sewing,


11 comments on “Dear Oda May: Kiss Kiss Birdie Quilt

  1. Marsha says:

    Hmm…the link for the bird applique doesn’t work 🙁

  2. Pat Lloyd says:

    I would like to do the bird appliqué but the link does not work…help.

  3. Meg says:

    Would love to download the link for the bird applique, but it doesn’t work. Help!

  4. Bonnie says:

    Where’s the link for the bird? It says “(here)” but there is no link. Would love to make it but can’t.

  5. Rosemaryflower says:

    This is a cute quilt and those red birds are superb!

  6. Karen Miller says:

    Oda May you rocked the house with this solution. Love it!! Thanks for sharing.

  7. Sally says:

    Love this…going to do it with blue birds…when the link works….lol
    Thank you for sharing!

  8. Lisa Calle says:

    Updated to add link to template and a note about scaling the applique.

  9. Heather V says:

    Another thought if Joyce (or anyone) wants to use all 19 of her bird applique’s in one quilt, would be to simply flip the placement of the baskets & the birds; she’ll have more jelly roll left over, from doing fewer baskets, but will have used all of the birds that way.

    Or alternately, make a simple strip of the remaining bird appliques bordered with the layer cake fabrics as part of the backing for this quilt, for a somewhat reversible quilt.

  10. Thank you so much! This is so much better than I could have ever envisioned!

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