Monday, July 4, 2016

Four Birds on the Fourth

One of the reasons why I prefer free-piecing over traditional patchwork piecing is that I get bored easily. The idea of making any number of identical blocks is enough to make me run screaming from the room. OK, maybe not.

Variety equals interest, creates energy, and makes my heart sing.

 This is a "standard" bird.

This is another bird using the same fabrics, but there is one subtle difference (aside from the beak). In this bird, the breast is ever so slightly wider.

In this version, the breast is very narrow. It's a completely different bird.

This is one of my favorite variations. The bird has a very wide breast, a tiny, pointy beak, and very long legs.

Four birds using the same fabrics in the same places, and yet these are four DIFFERENT birds. I think they are much more interesting than four identical birds.

For those of you who keep asking, NO, there will NOT be a pattern for the birds quilt, Flight of Fancy. Never, ever.

HOWEVER... I am working on an extended step-by-step tutorial on making the Birds and it will include all variations (beaks, breasts, bellies, legs) and lots of photographs. It should be ready about the middle of this month, and will be for sale in my Etsy shop (see the sidebar). I'll let you know when it's ready.


Pat said...

"The idea of making any number of identical blocks is enough to make me run screaming from the room. " I've defintely done that (identical blocks, not screaming) but am totally on board with your feelings. Happy Fourth to you and Millie.

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Allison said...

These birds are so much fun - they're addictive. I've now completed 20+ and am still having a blast. This last post really encouraged me to venture out and explore more and it also pushed me to address some problems in beak construction in about half the current batch. Thanks for this! See news report below:

From the SillySide Times:
"The famed Mackenzie Clinic reports on the satisfactory completion of ten rare beak-replacement surgeries today. All patients have recovered and are resting well with family. One patient expressed disappointment in an increase in homogeneity of beaks post-surgery, but most others express delight to no longer look as if they had met a plate glass window head on. The surgeon, Dr. T. Allison, is widely believed to be spending too much time alone."

Millie said...

Allison!!! Oh that's fabulous! Thank you SO MUCH for this wonderful update! Thank you for making me laugh!


Allison said...

My pleasure. I'm certainly getting a lot of laughs out of making these birds!

And to think I sniffed the first time I read your description of making up little stories about the birds! Those little folks are wiley that way.


lindaroo said...

I'm late to this post, but I just have to say "hooray!" to your plan for a tutorial. A pattern to try to duplicate your birds would just be wrong, but a tutorial to push and pull me through using your techniques and reasons would be fabulously welcome!