My 10-year old granddaughter, Tessa, has a new cousin who had a number of surgeries at the beginning of her life.
There was a bird mobile that had captured her attention during her hospital stays. So Tessa and I made her a quilt this summer featuring birds.
To begin, Tessa drew a bird. The first one was more realistic. Her second drawing of a happy and perky one is the style we chose for Ellie's quilt.
We did a bit of sketching to determine how many birds should be on the quilt ...
... and should they be sitting on a wire? or on a hill?
Tessa selected fabric for each of the parts ... birds, ground, and sky ... from this drawer full.
Her pattern was traced onto a lining fabric which was placed right sides together with the bird fabric. The lining fabric was slashed open to turn the sewn bird's body right side out to make a nice finished edge to applique to the quilt.
Tessa is positioning the birds on the quilt. Earlier she had drawn the placement of their legs with chalk for me to couch chenille yarn. I had constructed and quilted the background while she had a little beach time.
She and I are very pleased with the bird's eyes. They're beetles that were fussy cut from fabric with lots of them all over it.
Tessa is most pleased with this delightful, happy little quilt.
We both enjoyed working together to make it for Ellie. I like to think these happy little birds will cheer and comfort her for many years to come.
Here's a photo of the other side with our label. Tessa had chosen all these fabrics, too.
note: My method for writing with machine sewing is described here.
Here's a recent photo of Ellie. This happy little girl has got a thing for birds!
An even more recent picture of these two girl cousins sharing a "belly laugh" ... I love this picture.