Rebirth – Birds of a Feather…Fini…
By Beverly Hicks Burch
Well, I accomplished my goal…I finished my wall hanging before the end of the year. This is my first finished project in three years. Thus, the name Rebirth. The piece is base on a design by Mimi Dietrich, but of course I changed it some and added bits and pieces of Bev to it.
You’ve read a little about the history of why it’s my first piece in three years and seen the first pictures (of the blocks) in a previous blog. In this blog I’ll include some of the steps I took putting it together and a picture of the final product.
Waiting in the wings? Two projects…another appliqué quilt and a pieced quilt I’m going to use to teach Tall & Handsome a bit about quilting. Our first project together will combine our heritages. We will be using southwestern fabric to make the Tennessee Waltz pattern. The name we’ve picked is “South by Southwest”.
I’ll keep you up to date on the future projects. In the interim…Happy Holidays everyone!
Assembling the quilt:
I was very specific about the colors I wanted to use in my top. I chose green to sash the blocks together. The green represents the green of the leaves in the trees. Blue was opted for the narrow inner border to represent the sky above. I used a 3-D (dimensional) thin border next I call a “filet”. Done is brown, it represents the branches of the trees. The border is a multi-color dot and it represents the stars our feather friends sleep under at night.
I used the rotary cutter method in assembling the quilt. This is fast and easy. Basically it involves cutting strips and squares into triangles.
For this I needed:
(1) 6.5 in. x 6.5 in. green square for the center
The 6.5 in. green square for the center
(2) 5.25 in. x 5.25 in. green squares – cut once in half diagonally – this will make 4 triangles
One 5.25 in. square (cut with the rotary cutter)
Cut the 5.25 in. square in half once diagonally
(2) 9.75 in. x 9.75 in. green squares – cut twice in half diagonally – this will result in 8 triangles (2 will be left over after assembly)
One 9.75 in. square – cut 2
Cut each square in half once…
…and in half yet again…making 4 triangles per square
Strips cut 1.5 in. wide for the blue inner border
Blue strips for the inner border – cut with the rotary cutter
Strips cut 1.5 in. wide in brown then folded in half and pressed, wrong sides together
Brown strips for the filet
Completed filet pieces – these are sewn on the top directly on the right side on top of the inner blue border
Inset view of the inner border and the filet and how they were applied – you can actually lift the filet up and back giving it a dimensional affect
Assembling the three “rows” of the quilt
Press Seams Toward Darker Fabric
Attaching inner borders
The top with all borders attached
The finished product: Rebirth – Birds of a Feather with quilting & binding
Quilting detail for Rebirth – Birds of a Feather
Red bias strips cut 1.5 in. sew together then folded in half wrong sides together and pressed – this will make the bias binding.
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