Hummingbird Quilt

I’ve just started a new quilt… I know, I’ve got a Splendid Sampler quilt on the go, another BOM about to start, another being hand quilted…but hopefully this one one take to long, if my idea works out…

…yes, I’m sort of making it up as I go along!

I offered to make a quilt for my niece and her husband when they moved into their new house in spring. I suddenly realised I’d made quilts for my other god-daughter, friends, family, in-laws, but not for my own niece, a house move seemed a good excuse!

Having asked about colour schemes and themes I was sent a photo of the wallpaper in their guest bedroom, very pretty neutral colours with pops of colour from hummingbirds. I decided to make a hummingbird quilt.Image result for hummingbird wallpaper uk

My idea is to make a ‘low volume’ quilt, at least I think that’s what it’s called, all soft, light shades, but then have pops of colour with paper pieced hummingbirds. I’ve found four hummingbird patterns on Craftsy, some 6″ square, a 9″ one and a 9 x 6″. I’m planning to make them into 12″ blocks, some will be just squares, some half triangles, maybe some pinwheels. I’ll hopefully make about 7 or 8 hummingbirds so they can be scattered across the quilt.

I bought some fabric at the Festival of Quilts and also raided my scrap box, so this is my colour scheme…DSC_0534 (2)

Yesterday I printed off some of the foundation paper pieced patterns, I’ve made up two so far. This is my first one, very delicate, it’s 9″ square but it can also be made 6″ square. I like this one. It’s designed by Kristina of Centre Street QuiltsDSC_0530 (2)

The second one is a lot simpler, it’s smaller too, at 6″. I’m not so sure it isn’t a bit too ‘blocky’ I might try it in lighter shades, maybe have a few dark pastel ones. My mum thought maybe using a striped fabric for the tail would help and actually that is how the pattern is illustrated! This one is designed by Made by Marney.DSC_0531 (2)

I’ll try all four patterns and hopefully do a mixture of them. I want it to have a fairly random feel about it, though as you know I do struggle with ‘random’ so we’ll see how it turns out.


About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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14 Responses to Hummingbird Quilt

  1. Margaret Avril Baxter says:

    I adore the first square, and agree thee other one might be better with some lighter fabric.

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  2. tialys says:

    I love the first one – I’m itching to give it a go myself now as I’m a big fan of FPP. I think the second one is also nice but probably the tail and, even more so, the wing could be lightened up or the use of subtle stripe could work as your Mum suggested.

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  3. Pauline says:

    They both look lovely. Look forward to seeing the finished quilt.

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  4. katechiconi says:

    Pretty idea! I’m with you on the difficulty of random. In desperation, I’ve been known to shut my eyes and throw things at the quilt layout, and then adjust a little afterwards to make sure there’s no clumping…. But I think your ideas and thoughts about this will evolve. The wallpaper probably has a repeat; why don’t you use the same spacing and repeat layout?

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  5. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    The first bird looks so elegant. It is my favorite but I bet the other is easier. Either way they are both good representations of a hummingbird.

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  6. Catherine says:

    The colours you’ve chosen are really lovely. I look forward to seeing this develop

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  7. Laura says:

    This is going to be a beautiful quilt and a wonderful gift!

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  8. wybrow1966 says:

    Love the first square – look forward to watching your progress!

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  9. This is going to be wonderful. She will love it.

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  10. JJ Crafts says:

    Oh wow. This is going to look gorgeous!

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  11. Oh wow again because it’s a gorgeous and your work is so perfect. This is going to be fantastic!

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  12. kathyreeves says:

    That wall paper is something, and your colors match it so well. :O) The first humming bird is my favorite; I like the suggestion of stripes for the second one.

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  13. KerryCan says:

    What a great plan! Looking forward to the progression!

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