Saturday, March 26, 2022

The Birds and the Bees (Part 2)

Work has progressed since the previous Birds and Bees post and now all four quilts are (nearly) finished. A hanging sleeve on number 4 is all that's left to do. Here they all are, together on the design wall.

Again, this project was all about rescuing some beautiful upholstery fabric samples from a potential date with the landfill...birds and bees, embroidered in silk thread on 100% silk fabric, which I cut out and fused to various cotton backgrounds. The edges were secured with a decorative machine stitch, but both the cotton backgrounds and the silk panels were stippled in free motion, mostly in matching threads so as not to distract the eye from the stars of the show--the birds and bees! Check out the previous post (about the brown quilt, number 1) for more detail regarding the process.

Here are better photos of quilts 2, 3 and 4:

21 in. wide x 17.5 in. high

23 in. wide x 18 in. high

24 in. wide x 17.5 in. high

Here are some "texture shots":

And here are some bird (and bee) panel closeups:

All four quilts are in my Etsy shop now ( and are looking for a good home. 

Thanks for checking theses tweeties out! Please consider checking with your local upholstery shop for possible availability of discontinued sample books for your own quilting or craft projects. This was a fun and rewarding recycle project.

And speaking of birds, which are in mating season just now, happy spring (or autumn if you're in the southern hemisphere)!