Friday, January 15, 2016

Chit Chat Chatter

Whenever you get a bunch of birds together, they talk.

In the photo above, you can see the blocks are arranged in such a way I can get the birds close together to look like they're "talking" but I can't sew them together this way. These are just stacked with some blocks overlapping others. It would be WAY TOO COMPLICATED to sew them together like this. 

 
So at first I arranged them in vertical rows. BO-ring!!! See how all the legs make your eye connect them into big vertical lines? Nope. Ain't gonna happen. That is NOT what I want to catch your eye. 

Perhaps I should arrange them as if they WERE talking to each other?
After an hour of playing I had this. I have arranged it with groups of birds talking, or getting really friendly, or ignoring each other. Having already given the birds stories made it easier, although I didn't really hold true to many of them. I've got three married couples in there, and one dating couple. Some coworker drama is going on too. There are at least three kids in there with their parents and one pair that absolutely won't talk to each other. There's another pair that is displaying perhaps too much affection in public. (Can you figure out which pair that is?)

Remember I had to arrange the blocks so I could work out how to sew them together into larger pieces (or what I call "panels") to sew them together without making myself crazy. When I got to this point I sat down and really looked at it. Did I have to many birds lined up facing the same way? Were they too much in a straight line? Had I evenly distributed the birds by color? Did I have too many dark ones grouped together?

I'd get up and move two birds, then sit back down and look some more. I moved another pair, and sat down and looked some more. I moved a few birds up and down.

Another half an hour later, I thought it looked good.  This could be it, and I will continue to look at it for a few more days to see if it needs anything more, then I'll start sewing it up. I think it's going to be a lot of fun.

Now it needs a title. Suggestions most welcome!




15 comments:

Heidi said...

it's gorgeous so far !
what about one little nest with eggs ?
or one small twig with leaves ?

suzanne, dutchess county NY said...

Tweet talkers?
Feathered friends?
It is looking so nice.

Mary said...

The moment is saw this I was reminded of the song from the Music Man, Pick a Little, Talk a Little.

Quiltdivajulie said...

Good one, Mary! My thought was Fine Feathered Friends.

Jean said...

I love the birds! Whatever layout you decide on will be beautiful! Now I want to make some!

Alice Turcotte said...

Birds of a feather flock together. I'm reminder of Norman Rockwell's of all the people talking. It may be called Gossip.

journeyhouse said...

It will be a hoot to watch u put this together. Forget tweeting on Twitter when you can do this instead. laura

Elaine M said...

So much fun and 2 birds rolling on the floor laughing.

Millie said...

Alice, I like Gossip!

Sandi said...

That couple reminds me of photos where the bores are reflected in the water, do you have a similar pair that would work.

What about Around the Water Cooler or Coffee Break, that's where folks of folks gather around to gossip and chat.

Jackie said...

I liked to think I was one of the birds hanging upside down.

Ellen in Oregon said...

When I 1st saw a few of your birds, they reminded me of a couple couple of species of shorebirds we have in the US. The 1st waterbird is called a Coot and is often described as "a small headed bird with scrawny legs". They are sometimes referred to as a "Coven of Coots". The 2nd waterbird that your birds resemble is the Plover. A "short billed, gregarious wading bird typically found by water, but sometimes grasslands, tundra and mountains" and often in the company of ducks. I don't know if hanging out with ducks is intended to be a plus or a minus (LOL). A flock of plovers may be called a "Congregation of Plovers".

I also thought of "Everybody's Talkin at Me" from the old Glenn Campbell song mostly because of the line in the lyrics that goes " Everybody's talkin at me can't hear a word there sayin". Then I thought about "Presidential Debate 2016" just because all those birds looked a lot like all those candidates at the debates and how there is a lot of talking, but very little of substance being said - Just sayin. Whatever you decide to name your quilt, I know it will suite your quilt & what you want it to communicate perfectly. The last arrangement of blocks looks great & adds a wonderful sense of whimsey, movement & it lets each person see different relationships & personalities among all those unique birds.

Mary Ellen said...

Twitterverse

Ann said...

Great arrangement of these darling birds. I've enjoyed your process and the many comments that follow each. Have fun putting your top together!

Monty Q. Kat said...

MomBean says either Office Chatter or Twitterpated.