Friday, November 19, 2010

star birdies

 I've used my 15 minutes up  making these little abstract birdies for my "STARBIRD" 
I've nearly run out of scraps, and I have 2 more to make... rats.
 It's  fun to try to use every last bit... I hope I can scrounge enough for two more...
The thing that is cool about that, is you will get a quilt you never would have planned to make...
It's a great discipline too, if you can't go out and buy more fabric to match!
Wish I would always stick to that rule!
(I did run down the block to see if they still had the polka dot, but they didn't...)
 But I am seeing that, if I start putting parts of this together and trimming, I should have enough to finish my teeny birdies... But then to find something else to put around them to fill the corners...

It definitely makes you push your creative limits.  
You have to try to think of new ways to make it work...

Now I am off to play with Terri, from Terri's notebook!  She's in town and we have some fabric shops to explore....  ;-)

FABRIC NOTE:

I rcvd this from Dorothy about Chris's FABRIC WOE'S.
I thought it was worthy information indeed! read on...
The acids in the box may not have helped, but this problem is common with black fabric (and thread) which has not been washed, but left to sit around for 5 or more years. To get a black dye, manufacturers must use large amounts of very concentrated colour and this weakens the cotton. Once washed, the problem diminishes. Obviously you can't wash a reel of thread, but once it is sewn and then washed it's not so bad.

Thanks,

Dorothy in Oz 


12 comments:

mary.keasler@gmail.com said...

I adore the little birdies! What fun

Chris said...

Many thanks to 23rdSpiral, Dorothy, V, and all for their input about my crazy black fabric fiasco. A learning experience indeed! I handwashed all my blocks, and will salvage all but 4 of the letters. I could tell which blocks were made with the old black, as they left a ring in the sink! Happy Thanksgiving to all - I'm thankful for my blog friends!

Lee Ann said...

Wow! That is amazing. I love it.

Alexis said...

The birds are fab! I know you'll com up with an awesome solution for the fabric situation. And thanks for the PSA about black fabric- yikes!

Nifty Quilts said...

This quilt is looking fab. Love those little birds!! I think it's great to run out of fabric. You're right--it pushes your creativity to have to "make do." I think this is what gives our foremothers quilts their unique personality.

Em said...

The quilt is a true piece of art, you had the foresight to choose some random colors and make them harmonize.....I cannot imagine how you came up with this besides the fact... you are V! Safe travels friend!

Sandy said...

Oh, how cute is that! They really look like little birds in the corners. I like it.

Margaret said...

Simply fabulous ... your design & color decisions!!!

CharlotteP said...

That's going to be a really special quilt! I so admire the way you turn every 'problem' into an opportunity!!

Lisa said...

Love the birdies! And I love the way this quilt is growing. Your design sense is amazing and so inspiring. A delight to watch.

beth said...

oooh! i love those little birds!

Rene' said...

Oh, wow, this one is brilliant!!! Love that wide bird border fabric and the little birdies on the outer borders. That polka dot fabric is great with the brown triangles too! Enjoy your visit with Terri! Tell her I said hello.