Monday, March 27, 2017

March Paper Piecing Challenge

One of the fun things about being an Ambassador for Island Batik is that we all have a challenge each month.  Every month is something different, and this month it was a challenge to make a small quilt with either paper piecing or English paper piecing.

Since I love to paper piece, I decided to work with that instead of English paper piecing.  I also thought it might be fun to do something besides just repeating blocks which I have done a lot of in the past.
After a lot of thought and effort - this is my finished quilt called Nighttime at the Nest.
Size is:  20" x 15"


This quilt was a true challenge for me.  I decided to use the fabric Rivers Edge.  Island Batik sent me this lovely 2 1/2 strip pack that includes strips of the different fabrics in the line.  I find that 2 1/2" strips work really well when doing paper piecing.


When I got to really looking at the fabrics I noticed that the fabrics all tended to fall into dark/black, medium brown and lighter brown.  Not a lot of variance in the colors.  I didn't know what to do for a long time.  What could I make with basically three colors?

I decided it would probably be a night scene, and the browns looked like they could work for animals or birds.  I found the free bird foundation pattern on Pinterest
I changed a line or two on the pattern and reduced it to the size I wanted.  I also reversed one pattern so that I could have two birds facing each other.


I was happy with how the birds turned out.  I used three different fabrics for each bird- hoping this would give the subtle look of a male and female.  Do you see the printed fish swimming on the black background at the top?  I did NOT want fish in the quilt, so I deliberately cut the black fabrics so they were not recognizable.

I decided to make the birds perched on the edge of a nest. One bird is angled slightly.  I wasn't quite sure how to proceed with making the nest.  I wanted to put two eggs in the nest.  I picked out a blue Island Batik basic called Shark for the eggs because the blue matched the blue in the black/blue fabrics I later used for the borders.  I needle turned the eggs and put two layers of light batting inside to give them a curved look, then added scraps of leftover fabrics, bits of thread and cord for the nest.  I partially sewed some strips, lightly glued some and left some to fluff out.  I did this before basting and finishing the quilt.


Notice how the piecing above the birds heads doesn't have any fish now!  There are actually three different black fabrics in the background.  They are very similar.

I wanted to make it look like the birds had made a nest in the rafters, so I created a paper pieced pattern to give that effect.  It is actually one pattern and one reversed pattern. There were a couple fabrics that had black backgrounds with blue designs, so these were used in the rafter blocks.  Eyes were added with small beads.

Here is the quilt again - Nighttime at the Nest


This was part of the March Mini Madness Challenge for the Island Batik Ambassadors.

You might want to check out the other Ambassador blogs to see what they've been doing for the March Challenge

Nan from Purrfect Spots Designs
Turid from Den Syende Himmel
Stephanie from Quilt’n Party
Pamela from Pamela Quilts
Anna from Ark Angel Creations
Kathy from Kathy’s Kwilts and More
Jessica from Desert Bloom Quilting
Connie from Freemotion by the River
Kate from Seams Like a Dream
Sharon from Yellow Cat Quilt Designs
Tina from Quilting Affection Designs
Jennifer from The Inquiring Quilter
Barb from Bejeweled Quilts
Sally from Sally’s Quilting Corner
Jeanette from Inch Worm Fabrics
Connie from Kauffman Designs
Joan from Moosestash Quilting
Bernadine from Needle and Foot
Bea from Beaquilter
Cheryl from Cheryl Lynch Quilts
Maryellen from Mary Mack’s Blog
Joyce from Hearts Creations
Marlene from Kissed Quilts
Karen from The Quilt Rambler
Marian from Seams to be Sew
Laura from Slice of Pi Quilts
Linda from Inspired Layers
Vicki from Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting
Nancy from Masterpiece Quilting
Carol from FunThreads Designs
Terri from Meanderings Along Lizard Creek
Alison from Little Bunny Quilts
Suzy from Adventurous Applique and Quilting
Jean-Sophie from Sophie Junction
Janet from Whispers of Yore



18 comments:

  1. Those birds look like they could really fly right off the quilt, and oh so perfect for spring!

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  2. This is absolutely gorgeous and creative! :)

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  3. love it, and that nest is awesome!

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    1. Thanks Bea. The nest was a challenge to think about, but went together pretty easy..

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  4. Beautiful work Connie and the batiks are perfect for it!

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    1. Thanks Connie. Still love these batiks!

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  5. I love this. It's stunningly beautiful and so well done. I love the colors for the birds and the nest details. Wonderful job!

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  6. Beautiful. Thanks for sharing how you made this.

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  7. Oh my gosh...this is just incredible!!!!!

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  8. Absolutely beautiful, I love how design of the paper piecing gives the straw a dimensional look, it really does look like the nest straw is standing out in a 3d fashion. Great choice with the fabrics also.

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  9. That a great quilt. Thank you very much for taking us through your thought process.

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