A Quiet Charm

It’s time for a happy dance as last night I finally finished my hummingbird quilt…

Last time I showed it to you I was waiting, rather impatiently, for the border and binding fabric to arrive.Hummingbird quilt; www.thecraftycreek

As soon as the postman came with a squishy I set too to get it finished. I decided to make a 3″ border in green so it would hopefully follow on from all the squares being multiples of three inches. Once it was stitched I could press and sandwich the quilt.

The backing is a creamy patterned cotton, it’s in gentle stripes but luckily I don’t think they are so noticeable that I had to worry about them being straight along the edges. I pinned it to the lounge floor and spray basted the wadding and the quilt top.DSC_0017

I decided to keep the quilting fairly simple with diagonal squares which I hoped would work well with all the half square triangles. I did debate for quite a while where to start as the lines would be on every other square. In the end I decided to centre it on the star in the middle, so all the points of that star are quilted. I stopped just before each hummingbird, stitching a square into the block if it fitted. At the beginning I used a hera marker to draw the diagonal quilting lines, especially on the 6″ squares, but in the end I just eye-balled it! It quilted pretty nicely, though there are a couple of little tucks on the back.DSC_0013

I felt it still needed a bit round each bird as some of the blocks were just too big to leave without. I decided to use my free-motion foot to stitch in the ditch around each bird. It nicely gives them a bit of relief too. I thought the detailed pink bird would be pretty tricky, but actually it was fairly straight forward to go round all the feather tips, easier than the straight lines on others!Hummingbird quilt; www.thecraftycreek

For the border I stitched a sort of three leaf pattern on every other seamline with an arc inbetween, it worked well, not too difficult and looks effective.DSC_0002

Once the quilting was complete I trimmed the edges and stitched the binding round. I always hand-stitch the binding down on my quilts, it takes a while, like a couple of evenings, but I can sit and relax and let my mind wander! I think it gives a much nicer effect.DSC_0029

The last stitching to do was to embroider a label on the back with the quilts name and my initials. Every quilt needs a name, it took me ages to get into the hang of this but I quite like naming them now, it sort of comes to me as I’m stitching! This one is called A Quiet Charm. I learnt whilst making the quilt that the collective noun for hummingbirds is a charm. This was also my first attempt at a ‘low volume’ quilt, as in quiet, soft colours, nothing jumping out or contrasting too much, apart from the hummingbirds.DSC_0003

This quilt is for my niece, she moved house with her husband in the spring and now she’s expecting, so I’ve a baby quilt to make next! This quilt is for the guest room where there is hummingbird wallpaper.

I’m really pleased with this quilt as it’s the first one I’ve designed myself, obviously the hummingbird patterns were bought but otherwise I sort of made it up as I went a long. I like the effect of the low volume fabrics too. This was the nearest I could get to a whole quilt photo, I stood on a stool in the conservatory to get the natural light but the ceiling wasn’t high enough!!Hummingbird quilt; www.thecraftycreek

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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33 Responses to A Quiet Charm

  1. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    Your niece will feel the love, very charming.

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  2. Sam says:

    That’s beautiful Margaret, I love the blue hummingbird, top right. I’m sure your niece will treasure it

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  3. It really is a charming quilt. Love the “quiet background” and use of traditional blocks. I really like the way the viewer has to look hard at the background to see how you have used them. THe humming birds are beautiful.

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  4. Laura says:

    What a fabulous gift to give to your niece! She knows that you love her!

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  5. katechiconi says:

    A lovely finish! The gentle colours and the vivid flicker of the hummingbirds make a beautiful contrast. One of my favourites!

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  6. anne54 says:

    It is indeed a charming quilt. (Isn’t it delightful that the collective noun for hummingbirds is a charm?!) Your niece will feel very blessed to snuggle down under it.

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  7. claire93 says:

    this is a real masterpiece!

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  8. kathyreeves says:

    It turned out beautifully, I love the border color!

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  9. tialys says:

    It’s really lovely Margaret. If I were your niece I’d be looking for the occasional excuse to take a nap in the guest room 😙

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  10. theseniorclaycrafter says:

    Very beautiful!

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  11. KerryCan says:

    Just fantastic! I hope your niece appreciates all you did for her!!

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  12. mandycurrie says:

    Hello Margaret, your Hummingbird quilt is exquisite, I think you’re so clever to design it. Your niece will love it. Regards Mandy xx

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  13. Gorgeous quilt. I especially like the soft background – it lets the bird blocks really stand out.

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  14. Sarah says:

    A lovely finish. Those birds are gorgeous! Your niece will love it.

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  15. Kim says:

    Your Hummingbird quilt is a masterpiece! How perfect for it to live in a room where hummingbirds fly around on wallpaper. A most gorgeous finish!

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  16. daneesey says:

    Very sweet. The feathered wings of the hummingbirds are amazing!! 🙂


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