A few weeks ago, Karen from Karen’s Quilts, Crows and Cardinals presented a quilt she created and made with fabric from Moda Bake Shop. It is a beautiful quilt in red, white, beige, gray and black. Quite sophisticated. She did a giveaway for a starting kit and, oh surprise!, I won.
So, last week I was able to start working on my own Redbird and Berries Mini Quilt. You may think I am making a mistake when naming the quilt in the title of this post, but no. I am giving mine a name different from Karen’s because, well, I decided to work with only what I received in the mail. Which makes mine a little smaller (even more mini) and without the white background. Different quilt, different name.
The first thing I did was admiring the gorgeous fabric. I had received squares in beige and gray (for the border), grey stems already cut and larger pieces of deep red, orange-red, light beige and black. Deep colors, sophisticated prints.
I love cardinals and I love red. Which is why the first thing I did was cut the pattern for the cardinal and prepare it with fusible fabric, to be stitched by hand. After, I separated the squares: the light beige squares on one side, the grey and the dark beige squares on the other side. I had decided to make the background with the light beige squares and I started to move them around until there was an harmonious assembly of those. I must say that I added seven squares from a beige cotton I already had. It was that or making do with a smaller background and leaving some of the beautiful fabric aside. Which I could not. Then, I placed the darker pieces of fabric all around to create a border, as in the original quilt.
I assembled everything with my sewing machine. The squares are 2” wide after sewing and the top is now made of 7 by 8 squares. After that, it was a matter of stitching all the appliqués by hand: the branches, the cardinal and 33 berries. The position of the branches and the berries differs from Karen’s quilt because mine is smaller and there was no way I could put them at the exact same place.
The next steps are the quilting and the binding. I am eager to do them and have this quilt ready to be displayed! France