Monday, May 13, 2013

It's For The Birds Blog Hop

My day has arrived to show you my birdie project.  I really enjoyed visiting all of my fellow birdie bloggers last week and I know this week will be just as inspiring.  I hope you've been hopping along too!  The list of bloggers that are joining me today are listed at the end of this post.  Please fly on over to each of them!
 
 
I must always mind my manners and start my blog hop posts with HUGE thank you's to our hostess, Mary, and to Madame Samm, the overall chief cook and bottle washer of all of these hops.  They both have put in endless hours to keep this blog hop moving along without a hitch. Thank you, thank you!
 
 
As usual, I didn't know what I was going to make and had to sleep on it for a few days.  I'm one of those people that finds inspiration while dreaming.  Sometimes I don't remember the dream, but I remember the solutions to my issues.  It's not a fail proof system, but it often works.
 
I came up with a kind of fantasy forest with birds and trees in fun, happy colors.  I knew that I was going to use some sort of inspirational quote and found one that I really liked.  This wall hanging measures 21" x 26"..... a fairly good sized hanging. 
 
 
 
Here's the quote I chose.  I think you'll be able to read it quite clearly on your monitor. 
 

 
 
A close up of one of my birdies....one that is holding up one end of the quote quilt.  I made their eyes and their tales out of beads.  The tails are strung on wire, shaped in the loops, then tacked in two spots.  I just wanted a little dimension to go along with the dimension of the quote quilt (say that quickly five times!).
 

 
 You know that I had to include a cat in my project somewhere.  I had some fabric that had cat faces in a diamondy shape that really looked like they were peering out of knot holes.  Even though the scale is goofy, I had to include them in my forest and hide them in the trees. 

 
 
I'm not sure who is the most concerned..... the cats watching the birds or the birds watching the cats!  In my fantasy forest, they all live in harmony!

 
 

 
 
I also wanted to show you another use for Wonder Clips.  I was wrestling with the quote quilt,  twisted ribbons, and the heart buttons......things were slipping and sliding and I couldn't get a handle on things until I used my Wonder Clips to hold everything together while I sewed all of the layers.  It worked seamlessly!

 
 
I hope you have enjoyed your stroll through my fantasy forest.  I've enjoyed your company and hope that you will come back soon!


 
 
 Now keep the momentum going and hop over to these other bloggers today.  Let them know how much you
appreciate their great projects!
 














64 comments:

  1. the birds are adorable. Thanks for the tip. I hate it when I feel like I need six more hands

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  2. The birds are wonderful! What a great detail adding little beaded tail feathers. Love them!

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  3. Love your quilt and those cat peeking out, 2 cute! Thank you for sharing.

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  4. Oh my goodness Gracie, this is adorable !

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  5. So beautiful! Love alle those little special additions which make the quilt so cute!

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  6. Oh how wonderful, i just love it...great job.

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  7. What a wonderful quilt! There are so many things that I like - the cats peeking out of the knotholes, the wire birds' tails, and of course the Emily Dickinson quote is perfect!

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  8. Gorgeous, so much work and done so beautifully, love all the little details! Thanks for sharing!

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  9. What a lovely wall hanging - so imaginative :)

    ukcitycrafter@live.co.uk

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  10. Your wallhanging is amazing. Thanks for sharing your creativity

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  11. I love your birds! The tails make the quilt for me and I do love the cats in the knot holes. Scale? Who cares, it works!

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  12. I love your little quilt! and those cats looking out the peep holes are the perfect finish for this! That was too clever and an idea I am stealing! lol

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  13. That is a fantastic piece! I just love all the little birds and things in your quilt

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  14. Very fun project. Thanks for sharing your great work.

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  15. Very fun piece - thanks for sharing!

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  16. What a great quilt! Love the cats hiding in the hollow of the trees. The birds are darling and the quote is perfect.

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  17. You did a very nice job on your wall hanging. It is just so cute. Thank you so much for being in this hop.

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  18. :D
    If your fantasy world of birds is but a tip of the iceberg of your dreams, you must wake each morning overflowing with joy and creativity. You should write & illustrate childrens books!!!

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  19. Your quilt is wonderful. I love the quote and the way you used it. The tiny cats are a great addition.

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  20. Your fantasy forest is a delightful place to be. I love the banner. What a fabulously fun work of art!

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  21. What a great forest. You did a great job with it. I like the birds, and the little cats peeking out. Wonderful.

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  22. and yes saw those kitties in the tree....lol you are one prolific quilter...love that about you

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  23. Very nice project. Love the kitty knot holes. They were a great idea.

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  24. It was fun to look around your fantasy forest at all the details you added...the cats in the trees, the buttons, the fancy tail on the birds...beautiful!

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  25. That is a wonderful example of an Art Quilt. Dreamscaping is a neat way to come up with ideas as it can be a "freeing" exiperence. The extra details with in the tails, cats in trees, etc. leave you looking for more. Thank You for sharing your dreams with us.

    Sincerely,
    Tricia

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  26. That is really lovely and so well constucted. Nice work.

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  27. Your fantasy forest is so adorable and also very creative, thanks for sharing.

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  28. Such a fun and imaginative wall hanging! Thank you for sharing your talents :)

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  29. This might be my favorite project for today. Who doesn't need a little reminder to keep hope alive?

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  30. Great project!
    Thank you for sharing!

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  31. So many things going on in your quilt. Love all the added details. Fabulous quilt.

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  32. How adorable!!! I absolutely love the little cats peering out of the knotholes, too! Wow! This is great!

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  33. Great little quilt to go with an awesome phrase. Love your interpretation.
    Thanks for showing your clip tip. I love learning new things.

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  34. Jeanie, this is wonderful! I don't think scale really matters in something with a folk art flair so I am glad you hid a few cats in those trees.

    Great tip about those wonder clips. The other day at guild a friend was suggesting using a regular glue stick to hold the 2nd side of binding so it could be machine finished. I wonder if that would have worked? Maybe you already tried that anyway, LOL. Hooray for those clips.

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  35. what a fabulous project. Very creative and love the fabrics.

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  36. I love the knothole kitties. I love kitties and I agree - I don't know which is more scared-er - the birdies or the kitties. The kitties are a great touch to the quilt. I love the beaded tails. Thanks to Emilly for a great quote, too! Thanks, thanks, thanks for a great project! Thank you very, very much for participating, being very creative, being entertaining, explaining some of your creative process, and being a great delight. I hope to see you soon in another hop.

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  37. I love the birds and kitties together. My cat loves to watch the birds at our feeders. She even lays on the porch under them and the birds don't mind her at all.

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  38. Love the hidden cats with your birds. I don't think the birds look worried at all. Glad to see another use of those binding clips. I have some now too and they are very useful.

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  39. Great quilt! Such beautiful stitching and the colors are outstanding.

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  40. Beautiful! Thank you for being on the hop!

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  41. Jeanie,
    this is sew very creative! And I love the kitties peeking out - sew cute!

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  42. Your project is absolutely beautiful!! so much detail :) I love it :)

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  43. What an original idea, the wood and the quote, all the little details, gorgeous, it will make you smile every time you look at it. Thanks for sharing.

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  44. Love it!!!!
    Those cats in the trees are the cutest!
    Great idea and fantastic job!

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  45. Love everything about your quilt from the wonderful quote to all your little friends. Thank you for sharing.

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  46. I love your Fantast Forest! Thanks so much for showing us all your wonderful, happy creativity. What fun to see what you did. Super cute birdies, honest to goodness!

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    1. Hi!!! Oh My!!!! I love it!!! Too cute and happy!!! Very fun!!!! Made me smile and giggle!!!

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  47. Wonderful and very creative! I love all the details. Well done.
    cheers
    maggie

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  48. I loved your birds and the cats, everyone looks quite content. Good job!

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  49. A very happy forest indeed. great job.

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  50. What a lovely forest you made. The birds are wonderful and the beaded 3D tails was so creative. Thanks for letting me visit. I'm glad the cats and birds are living together so peacefully. :)

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  51. I love this bit of whimsy. The tails are so cute. I love the birds and those silly cats watching them. Great job!

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  52. Very sweet. So bright and cheerful. Great piece..

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  53. So adorable. Love the cats in the trees. Very creative. :)

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  54. This is wonderful! I love the cats peeking out of the knotholes!

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  55. I love the little hiding kitties, so cute!

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  56. Oh my goodness what an adorable little quilt! I love the kitties peaking out of the trees! very nice!

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