Humming a Little Tune

My hummingbird quilt is starting to take shape, well maybe taking shape is too strong a word but I’m making good progress! So far I’ve shown you three different hummingbird designs, all paper pieced, one fairly simple and one more complex which is still my favourite…Hummingbird Quilt

Over the weekend I’ve made another big one, this block is 12″ square. It’s designed by Quilt Art Designs and is like the others, available on Craftsy. Although it went together OK I didn’t find the pattern as easy to follow as the more complex one, mainly because the different colours aren’t identified on the pattern, so my stitch ripper did come out a few times. My other gripe is that when I bought the patterns I was particularly pleased that two faced left and two faced right. This one is pictured on Craftsy facing right, but that is the pattern image, the finished bird faces left. He’s a cute bird though…paper pieced hummingbird

I made another one in the simple design. The first one I tried looked a bit bright and ‘blocky’, with this one I tried more patterned fabrics, slightly lighter, I think it works much better.DSC_0552 (2)

I also made a 6″ version of the dainty hummingbird…DSC_0553 (2)

So that’s six birds so far…

I had an idea the other night that rather than just dotting them around it might work to place them in a vague circle, maybe with slightly more colour than the rest of the ‘low volume’ background. I made lots of half square triangles today, I remembered how to make 8 squares easily from 2 bigger squares sewn across the diagonals. I’d not tried it before but it worked brilliantly. I’m thinking of doing a mixture of 6″ pinwheels, 3″ squares, 6″ squares and maybe some flying geese. The bird blocks are all multiples of 3″ so hopefully it will fit together OK. I had a bit of a play on the floor today to see if the general idea will work and I think it will, the middle bit is just plonked by the way! I think I need to make one more bird as seven will look better than six.DSC_0549 (2)

I’ve also finally ordered a design wall, I’ve wanted one since I moved into this sewing room, I’ve ordered the Fons & Porter one so I can just hang it up against my big wall. I’m going to need it to arrange this quilt!

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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16 Responses to Humming a Little Tune

  1. tialys says:

    More lovely birds. An odd number of things is supposed to be more pleasing to the eye – I guess that applies to hummingbirds too.
    I quite fancy a design wall – I usually hang a flanelette sheet up on my bookcase but it’s not big enough and things keep falling off. I might have a look at the one you ordered although I’m not sure I have enough space left in my sewing room now.

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  2. katechiconi says:

    If you ever want to reverse a paper piecing block, print it out again, and trace through all the lines onto the reverse of the paper, but use a different colour, say blue or red, for the tracing line. That way, you’ll know which is the correct side to sew on. I’ve done it a few times and it works a treat if you want a mirror image. You can scale patterns up and down on the printer as well, so long as you remember to adjust the seam allowances afterwards.

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  3. kathyreeves says:

    The idea of a vague circle is a great idea. I do love those birds!

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  4. I like the idea of lots of negative space to make the birds the focus, but possibly not in the center of the quilt. Also I really love the fractured look that the HSTs etc provide in the background. This is going to be a show stopper.

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  5. KerryCan says:

    It’s such fun to see the progress on this and the new birds!

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  6. wybrow1966 says:

    This is going to look lovely when it is finished.

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  7. Pat Oster says:

    I love those hummingbirds. Can’t wait to see no. 7!

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  8. Arabianjem says:

    It’s very pretty.

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