Friday, April 30, 2010

bluebirds


43" square

I made this little quilt for my daughter, who turned 4 yesterday, using Anita's fabulous tutorial for the birds.

It was intended to be a lap quilt but it does double duty as a cute wall hanging for my dining room. It's perfect for the little birthday/tea party that I am hosting tomorrow. I thought it was only fitting to whip up some birds to hang from the chandelier to match.
Happy Weekend!

137 comments:

Philip, Melissa, & Summer said...

That is really cute. I love it with the little mobile.

Lara said...

Wishing your little girl a very happy 4th birthday! How exciting!

What a gorgeous quilt. Love the wee birds - they're so perfectly framed in red and aqua!! Hope you have a lovely party!!

tong said...

The quilt is lovely! It's so good to have you back!!

April said...

So cute! And I love it in your dining room with the impromptu birds. You did a great job!

D'Anne said...

That is so cute!! I just love the colors and the birds are adorable.

Judi said...

Wonderful and I love the last minute additions.

RosaMarĂ­a said...

that quilt is soooo pretty and perfect for a little beautiful girl!
that tutorial is amazing and other amazing thing is that you are back!

happy weekend and happy birthday for your little one!

Jeannette said...

Yikes Super Woman, how many hours of sleep do you get? Congratulations to you and her poppa and Happy Birthday to your growing up baby.

Jackie said...

Way too sweet! Love it! The birds in the chandelier are the icing on the cake!

Jeannine said...

so cute and my favorite color combination!

live a colorful life said...

Such a cute quilt. I also checked out the tutorial. I think I can even manage to do the sketchy stitching.

nicolette said...

Congratulations on your daughters 4th birthday! The quilt is the cutest!

Kimberly said...

What a great Momma! That is gorgeous!

Summer :) said...

That's adorable! :) And it's wonderful that the birds can be used again and again for other uses! :) Very creative.

beth said...

Very cute! red and aqua! And little birdies to match! wow!

Laura said...

I also love the aqua/red combo. Have a great celebration for a big birthday!

Ann said...

You know Amanda, great minds must think alike! Take a peek at what I posted today.... www.kiddosandcrafts.blogspot.com
Ann

Regi said...

Aww the quilt is very sweet and happy birthday to your little one.

badlandsquilts said...

Super cute! Have a fun day!

My youngest just turned 4 a few weeks ago, too!

Diana and Fam said...

You make the the most beautiful quilts! One day I will try to quilt and hope I have a smig of the talent that you do!

Lynne said...

Absolutely totally and utterly gorgeous.

lera said...

LOVE it! The birds are adorable.

Amy said...

WOW! You aim to please that is for sure! When you come back you cettainly did it well! Love this new quilt- a top favorite for sure!

Megan said...

Aw, my son turns four in a month. I may have to make some summery birds to hang from our light as well. So cute!

Kristine said...

WAY TOO CUTE! I'm so glad you're back! =D

nettie said...

super cute! especially the border.

LindaW said...

Such a cute quilt I am SO glad you are back!

Karen said...

So cute! Didn't know you had a 4 year old - life is full,isn't it? You use so much white in your quilts, what do you use? Have a fun party.

AnyoneCanQuilt said...

Yay! Our crazy mom is back! And wowza on this bird quilt. It is giving me heart palpitations it's so adorable! x

carol said...

Welcome back and Happy Birthday to your little honey! Love the new quilt!!

Roxanne said...

Love it! I wonder what she will like more - the quilt or the birds? I made a few birds like that for Sydney last Easter with a felted nest...they still sleep with her!

Clair said...

Fun quilt. I like the bright colors. My word verification is uncle.

bloominworkshop said...

Adorable! Happy Weekend and Happy Birthday kiddo!

Susan Guzman, SuzGuz Designs said...

Darling! Absolutely darling!

Dawn N. said...

That's adorable! I definitely want to try those cute birdies. :)

Annie of Blue Gables said...

you're back! I love your blog

Amber said...

I love the sketchy stitched birds! And I love how it all goes into the birthday party theme.

Leslie said...

this is adorable...i love the little birds

Katherine said...

Happy birthday to your sweet girl!

I adore bluebirds and this is so charming, Amanda Jean. Love it.

sweetypie said...

jolly glad your back, about time too!

Trisha said...

So cute!

The Paisley Abbey said...

So cute! I love it!!!

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Oh my new favorite colors, I just love it!!!

Brittany said...

adorable! i love anything with birds.

Dawn said...

How sweet is that quilt.... and for a lttle gal too... reminds me of the little blubird bracelet I received for my birthday when I was 4 yo....
Hugs Dawn x x

Dandelion Quilts said...

How sweet....and I love the birds. CUTE.

KarrieLyne said...

It's adorable!! Now I have "there's a bluebird on my shoulder..." playing in my head..hee hee ;)

Shawn said...

Perfect, have a nice tea party with the girls.

Lesley said...

This quilt is gorgeous! This is why we all missed your blog so much. It was my absolute favourite and I am sooooo excited you are back!!!

Anonymous said...

That is so beautiful... you are amazing... gosh it really is so nice to see you back Amandajean... I have really missed your blog!!!!!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

VERY cute! Love the colors.

Thimbleanna said...

And when she comes back, she returns with a big bang. And much fanfare! Can you hear the cheering all over blogland? Your quilt is adorable!

MichelleB said...

Absolutely adorable! A big bang indeed!

bedelia said...

I love bluebirds. They always remind me of the "bluebird of happiness" from the movie K-PAX so I associate them with happiness. And this is a happy quilt.

Cathy said...

I was just checking your blog to get an idea for a baby quilt and there it was ...April 30, 2010. I was pretty proud of myself for leaving you on my favorites!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

I love that all the birds are a little different! Happy 4th birthday to your daughter.

Danielle said...

Amanda Jean, so glad to see you are back! Love the little birds, perfect for a birthday girl!

Laurel H. said...

Aww; love the quilt, and the birdies. Wow; she's four?!!

Again, glad to have you back. :)

Robin said...

What a fun quilt! Thank you for the link to the sketchy applique tutorial-- I'm definitely going to have to try that technique soon.

Annalia said...

That is lovely. I'm sure your daughter loves it. My soon-to-be-four-year-old just told me he wants a blue train quilt for his birthday...one week from now.
Thanks for the notice.

Kerri said...

so glad to see you back!! :)

LOVE the red and aqua bird quilt!! that is A M A Z I N G!! The little birdies hanging are so cute too!! I might need to make some now!!

madebymum said...

the colours are perfect I love it.

Trudi said...

That is one beuatiful little quilt, I'm sure your daughter is going to LOVE it, as much as she loves her Momma!

Libby said...

So Sweet! Enjoy the party!

*karendianne. said...

Oh my gosh!! How adorable.

Linda said...

Amanda, so glad you are back. We don't need any explanations! I (we) are just happy to have you back in blogland. It's ok to take a break for however long it needs to be. You are an inspiration to alot of people including me...

The bird quilt is so cute! I love it and hope your little sweetie likes it too. I wish I could cut hair, cuz I love that fabric (Shang Ri La or however you spell it). It was one of my favorite fabrics and I'm still working on two quilts with it now...take care and welcome back! Hugs, Linda

Alia said...

This is adorable! I already have an idea on how I will use this! Thank you so much again and again!

Happy Birthday to the little one!

Erin said...

That's a really cute quilt! Also, I'm glad you're back- I missed your blog.

Cheryl Arkison said...

So sweet! Happy Birthday Abby!

Kara said...

I just started quilting a year & a half ago & ran across this blog after you had already taken a break. SO glad you came back!!! Your work is inspiring & gives me so many great ideas. Don't let this crazy blogosphere overwhelm you, take time if you need it. OH- & THANK YOU for sharing your work here for us. :)

mandbrid said...

I LOVE it!

jabeybaby said...

Love that quilt, and those birds...love them!

Yaya and Papa said...

Oh so cute--and I'm not a bird lover! Love your quilts!
Karen

heather said...

very fun! happy b-day abby! hope your tea party was fun!!!

Lynn said...

That is so cute - love it with the stuffed birds you hung.

Herding Grasshoppers said...

Oh my goodness. That is ADORABLE. I love the multiple black "outlines" of the bird. Just like a kid drew it with a pencil.

I don't even have any girls and I want to make one like it!

Julie

peaknits said...

How fitting for a tea party - I love it!

patchworkpalace said...

What a great quilt....I really love the colours. Hope the party goers like it!

Lori said...

Very Cute! Happy b-day to her!!
Welcome back!

HMG said...

Beautiful quilt! So glad to have you back :-).

quilterlee said...

So there was your wonderful blog, still in my favorites. I checked back periodically. Imagine my surprise and delight to see that you had begun posting again! Welcome back. You were so missed.

quitlerlee said...

By the way, Happy Birthday to your lucky girl! Beautiful quilt and mobile.

hester said...

Beautiful quilt. What a lucky little girl. I've just started making those birds too - so addictive aren't they?

sewjournal said...

Very cute!

Miranda said...

The quilt is adorable! Love the little birdies! Welcome back:)

Laura said...

It is so great to have you back - you could never understand how much you were missed!

Michelle said...

Love those birds! I really like the look of the sketchy stitchy quilting!

Happy Birthday to the Little one!!

Suzie said...

Welcome back! Happy belated birthday to your daughter! The quilt you made for her is absolutely adorable!

Guilitta said...

I am so happy, you are back here. i misses You very much. Have again a great time.

greeting
Guilitta from Germany

Neicee said...

Oh happy birthday to your little girl! I love the quilt. So happy you are back, we are blessed. Your the reason my mother and I bought Juki's! Have a great weekend!

Sweet Baby Jamie said...

This is just lovely, the colors, birde, just love it!

Sueozana said...

So beautiful n so creative...
Happy belated birthday 2 your daughter..

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SOOOOO cute! Happy birthday to you both!

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Barbara Brown said...

sweeet, love the birds. happy birthday!

Terriaw said...

Happy birthday to your daughter! Love the bird quilt you made for her. Those colors are so fun.

Bree said...

What a fabulous surprise to see you back to blogging!!! Love this quilt-so sweet and beautiful of course! God bless!

VeeV said...

Perfect!!!! as usual...
have missed your blog so-o-o much!!

xo
eva

Jittina said...

Great to have you back. I've really missed your blog.

Jittina, the Netherlands

Kristin said...

Welcome back. I always love your quilts. This one is stunning and folksy and fresh.

Ethne said...

Great to have you back - what a lovely quilt - no doubt your daughter will treasure this forever

Marla said...

OMG...you're back! I can't tell you how happy I am about this! You have been missed tremendously and I'm thrilled to pieces that you're blogging again. Love the new quilt for your daughter and I hope she has a wonderful birthday.

*~hj~* said...

Love it! You're evolving! missed you!
hjcards.blogspot.com

Kim said...

How sweet.....I hope she'll love it forever......don't forget to have some pictures of her in front of it so she can look back and see how long she has had it!

Looks like a super setting for your tea.......hope its delightful!

Happy sewing

AnnieO said...

Oh, I remember 4 year old little girls...Happy Birthday!

Darling quilt, love the colors and slightly wonky and whimsical setting.

Astyn said...

I think this is one of my favorites that I have seen of yours. It has such personality.
Welcome back to your blog. I am glad you have returned.

Angela said...

Welcome back. I love the birds. I have been reading your blog for some time and was disappointed when you decided to stop posting. Your quilt binding tutorial has helped me finish off quite a few of my own quilts.

Thank you for sharing.

edeenut said...

I have to admit I would ever so often check here to see if you had decided to come back. and what do you know, I'm so happy!

Crystal Hendrix said...

Very cute!! Happy Birthday to the little one!

chrishart80 said...

I love this. How did you make the border?

Adele said...

Welcome back!! I have your blog listed on my blog... can you imagine my excitement when I saw you had an update and had returned to us.
Good to hear from you again.
Love this quilt, it is pretty cute!
Take care

Sarah said...

So sweet!

ladybugquilting said...

So Cute,Think I will head off to the sewing room now for a play, and Welcome Back it's Awesome!!!!

Rebekah said...

adorable! The fussy cut birds are perfect!

Neese Family said...

I can't tell you how happy I am that you are back! You are so inspiring to me! Don't kill yourself! Take it easy, just one little step at a time! But thank you so much for all that you do and the amazing work that you share!

Jeannie said...

This quilt is adorable! It's so good to have you back blogging. Your work is inspiring for a beginner quilter like me!

Rachel said...

My sister told me on my way home from work that you were back blogging and we're both really excited to have you back! What a great quilt!

I looked at the tutorial - am I understanding right that you do the whole quilt top, make your quilt sandwich and then do the sketchy quilting?

Ania said...

I am so happy that you are back!!!!!
And this quit is great! I made bris mobile for my baby girl room.

Kate said...

What a gorgeous quilt. You left just as I was starting my quilty blog, and I was so disappointed, so I'm glad you're back.

Niesz Vintage Home said...

What an adorable quilt!!! I love the colors, the border, the birds...everything! :-)
So cute.

Kimberly

TaraB said...

I'm so glad you are back in the blogging world. You inspire me in my efforts to quilt!

Deb C. said...

It was a sad day in blogland when you announced you were leaving (and maybe just a little burned out). I am so very grateful you left your blog up as I have referred to it at LEAST once a week for inspiration and ideas. As you can tell by all the responses, I'm not the only one who's been checking in on your old blog. Welcome back!!!

ale balanzario said...

Its so good to see you back to blogland, welcome
this is a sweet quilt, lovely colors.

rondabeyer said...

Absolutely adorable, one of the cutest quilts for a child I have seen, love the colors.. Great Job, thanks for sharing

JG said...

What a cute quilt for your daughter!

Nice to find your post today!

Chara Michele said...

I love the little hanging birds to match the quilt :) So happy too to see that you are back to blogging :)

Annalia said...

ok. I think my favorite part of this quilt HAS to be the border.

Anonymous said...

OMG! I'm so glad you're back!

Shannon said...

I was just doodling around with my free motion stitching on a appliqued tree quilt I made for a baby shower, and now I think these birds need to make an appearance in my sewing room! Thanks for passing on a great idea mama!

Amanda said...

Lovr this!!!! So glad you're back!!

Denice said...

i had thoughts of deleting you from my blog roll, but i just couldnt ever do it. i would occasionally check back *just incase*. i tried other quilt blogs, but no one has your style!!! none inspired me like you. the good thing is, while you were gone, and i was uninspired to start anything new, i nearly finished my whole bin of WIP's. only 2 left and i dont even like them anymore. donation quilts? maybe. sooooo glad you are back!!!

i am loving the little birdie quilt. looks like it might become my mother/daughter summer project.

there you go, inspiring me again :)

sulu-design said...

Happy birthday to your sweet little girl (FOUR - when did that happen?!?). This is an adorable quilt, and the chandelier birdies are too cute with it.

Desi said...

A little late but I AM GLAD TO SEE YOU BACK. I had actually found you rblog not too long before you left and I was like OH NO I JUST GOT HERE. lol But I know how it is. And no worries we appreciate you at your best and at your worst! :)

OH and LOVE LOVE the quilt!!!!!!!

Livy said...

Amanda, I was really surprised when I enter your blog ( I was looking for one of your quilt) and I saw a new entry. Thank's for coming back and share all your work, you've been an inspiration for me. I made 2 of your quilts. I look forward to see your nice things again.Best wishes.

Dorrie said...

I love the quilt. Red and Aqua are my favorites right now! I just love those little birdies!

Gypsy said...

Oh my gosh, that is the cutest thing EVER! Welcome back Amanda Jean, I'm so thrilled to be reading your blog again and seeing your beautiful quilts. My heart skipped a beat when I saw your post pop up in my reader and I had to check it was really you!!!

debbi d-w said...

Love the quilt, and LOVE that you're back blogging! Hope you're refreshed.

Fabric Mom said...

Wow that is just stunning. Great job. I bet your baby girl loves it. Your quilts are beautiful So glad you are back at blogging.