The Hummingbirds are taking flight!

My humming bird quilt is starting to take shape, I’m quite excited about it! My new design wall has been wonderful, definitely a good buy!

This quilt is for my niece, it’s going to go in her guest room which is newly decorated with very pretty humming bird wallpaper, so I decided to make a humming bird quilt. I’m sort of making it up as I go along so the design wall has been pretty vital! I bought four different paper pieced patterns of hummingbirds from Craftsy and I’ve made seven birds in total of varying size and complexity. The idea is to have them set on a ‘low volume’ background, so I bought lots of batiks in muted shades at the Festival of Quilts.

Luckily all the hummingbirds were of a size that is divisible by three, 12″, 6″ etc, so I made lots of blocks using 3″ as a basic size. I made lots of half square triangles to make pinwheels, I found out by accident that if you sew one pair the wrong way round it makes a nice diamond block! I cut 6″ squares and some plain 3″ squares. All I had to do was arrange them!

To start with I arranged the birds in a circle shape and then tried to place the blocks round them, filling in the gaps and working outwards. It looked OKish, but somehow it looked a bit messy and just didn’t gel. I moved things round, swopped blocks, it just wasn’t quite right.DSC_0603 (2)

After pondering on it as I tried to get to sleep I decided I needed a different approach…

Having taken a photo as back up of my memory, I took down all the birds and the blocks, sorted them into shapes and colours and then started to work along row by row, placing the blocks in 12″ groups. I aimed that each 12″ square would have a plain 6″ block, a pinwheel, a diamond and a set of four squares. There’s also five big 12″ stars scattered around the quilt. I varied the position of the blocks but it just gave a flow to the quilt, the hint of a pattern gave it the continuity I needed.DSC_0604

Once I had a few rows arranged I started to position the birds back on the quilt again. I used the same positioning as before, just removed the backgound blocks and slotted in the birds. I had to do a bit of swopping around and filling in to around the birds but it worked pretty well.DSC_0605 (2)

I just need to cut a few more 3″ squares then I can arrange the last few rows at the bottom of the quilt before I start stitching all the blocks together.

I haven’t quite worked out the order of stitching the blocks together yet as most are stitched in twos, some are already stitched in fours and of course the bird blocks are varying sizes. Most areas work out pretty well into bigger blocks, it’s just round the humming birds it is going to need a bit of forward planning.DSC_0607 (2)

I feel I’m finally getting somewhere with this quilt, it still needs some tweaking, especially in the top right corner but it’s going in the right direction! Hopefully I’ll get it pieced over the weekend, then it just needs sandwiching and quilting.

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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15 Responses to The Hummingbirds are taking flight!

  1. katechiconi says:

    I love the new layout, but my eye is saying the only block that seems to jump out is the pink 6″ block right in the centre at the top. Could it go next to the big star block at far left instead and swap places with the plain block that’s already there? Of course, it may be just the photo, and in real life it’s fine, and in any case, it’s your quilt!

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  2. This is very pretty! It will be perfect for her guest room. I like the muted background as it brings out the birds more. Your method was very clever too!

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  3. Kate says:

    Your hummingbirds are so pretty! This is going to be a lovely quilt!

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  4. tialys says:

    Looking good.
    So, it will ‘just’ need sandwiching and piecing – šŸ¤£

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  5. claire93 says:

    this is looking quite magical!

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  6. Those hummingbirds are amazing! I liked the muted back ground and blocks as it sets the hummingbirds apart and lets them stand out.

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  7. kathyreeves says:

    It’s really coming along! I would swap the top center pink with the very muted one just off the right hand corner of the top star block. It’s the same block, just muted. That way the pink will balance with the hummingbird and not seem as stark? Or not! šŸ˜Š

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  8. Jane M says:

    This is looking fabulous. And your new craft wall really works well.


  9. KerryCan says:

    My brain hurts, looking at this and thinking of sewing it all together! It’s going to be fabulous!


  10. mandycurrie says:

    Your quilt is looking stunning, congratulations xx


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