Rebirth – Birds of a Feather…Fini, by Beverly Hicks Burch

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. 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

One 5.25 in. square (cut with the rotary cutter)


Cut the 5.25 block diagonally

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

One 9.75 in. square – cut 2


Cut each block in half once...

Cut each square in half once…


...and in half yet again...making 4 triangles per square

…and in half yet again…making 4 triangles per square


Strips cut 1.5 in. wide for the blue inner border

Strips for the 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

Strips for the filet

Brown strips for the filet


Completed filet pieces

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

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

Assembling the three “rows” of the quilt


press-seams-toward-dark-fabric

Press Seams Toward Darker Fabric


Attaching inner borders

Attaching inner borders


the top with all borders applied

The top with all borders attached

Rebirth - Birds of a Feather...Quilted & Bound

The finished product: Rebirth – Birds of a Feather with quilting & binding

Rebirth - Birds of a Feather quilting detail

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.

© Beverly Hicks Burch All Rights Reserved.


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