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Old 07-28-2012, 07:44 AM
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Default Seeking ideas - lovely bird blocks

I won this collection of American birds on ebay.
They are approx 8X11, there are 24 in total, 3 sets of 8 birds.
They are of good quilting quality cotton.

Any ideas? The easiest is to do a sashing all over, any other ideas?
There is a lot of white in there. So the design must take into consideration that

They are too lovely to be left sitting there! Thanks!

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Old 07-28-2012, 07:51 AM
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They are gorgeous!! Just to sash them would be pretty, but there are many ideas that could add lots to the quilt. I usually start looking at other quilts and collect ideas that I like and could incorporate with the block I have. These bird blocks are seriously lovely to me!! Let us see what you make!
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Old 07-28-2012, 08:06 AM
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Very lovely. An option would be to alternate the bird blocks with pieced blocks. I found a few:

http://www.how-to-quilt.com/patterns...estPattern.pdf

http://quilterscache.com/B/BirdsInTheAirBlock.html

Good luck with whatever you choose and please be sure to post your finished project!

Jane

http://www.how-to-quilt.com/patterns/birdsintheair.pdf
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Old 07-28-2012, 08:17 AM
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I think they would be nice in an attic windows quilt.
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Old 07-28-2012, 08:51 AM
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Well, I was just in my sewing area trying to decide what to do with a bird panel.
I have had the panel for years and have been collecting ideas on how I would use it.

I was thinking that I'd do a Warm Wishes pattern, using strips of some of the colors in the bird blocks for the alternate blocks.

http://myquiltparade.blogspot.ca/201...uilt-2007.html

Here's a link to another quilt I like.

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_8fPpS39oWtM/TA..._ph%5B3%5D.jpg

I also like a quilt shown on this board, shown by Sylvia77.
I think it is gorgeous but looks a bit too difficult for me to try.

http://www.quiltingboard.com/picture...er-t35278.html

All these patterns would be nice for my blocks because my panel has square blocks.
Your blocks are rectangular, so you may have to get creative with them.

To give you my opinion,....... if I had your beautiful blocks, I wouldn't do anything complicated...probably just sash them.

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Old 07-28-2012, 08:58 AM
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Thanks everyone, you guys are great!
Yes, I am gravitating towards something simple, as anything bold and complicated will distract from the fine details in the bird blocks. Perhaps a sashing, or attic windows, or an attic window variation with arch tops.
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They are indeed and I'd be like you, wanting to make sure I did the "right" things with them. I see three projects, one for each set!!

Two ideas came to mind as soon as I saw those.

First was a sashing in a woodsy-branchy sort of green print to coordinate with the greens and browns in the blocks/ Each bird block framed either with a flange insert or a boxed outline in a coordinating colour to the bird.

The second, and the one I prefer ... is lots of white fabric to showcase some fancy quilting as a centre panel. And then the birds spaced around the outside, with atleast twice as much white between them as the size they each are. Maybe more white than that. Again lots of pretty quilting. And probably not all of them in one quilt .....

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What a beautiful collection of birds. Have fun!
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Another idea .... box each with some white fabric, as you need a little more distance from the bird, then a flange of colour, then a larger blox of white. And then join all together. It'll have a nice crisp and fresh look ... and just what the birds deserve!
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Originally Posted by Grandma Bonnie View Post
I think they would be nice in an attic windows quilt.
That sounds like a nice idea. The blocks are super gorgeous. I am holding my breath to see your finished quilt.
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