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.
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…
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 Quilts
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.
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.