Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Before the Tweets

"Before the Tweets" is the title of this little quilt. It is just 11.5" square. This is my entry into the annual "Wee" Quilt Challenge held at McDougall Cottage. The theme this year was Greetings from the Auld Sod. The title and postage stamp look speak to the fact that before social media (email, Facebook, Twitter)  took over over lives, greetings from afar generally came with a postage stamp attached.


I always like to challenge myself in some way.....doing a technique I've not done before, the use of prairie points were new to me and for this piece, I told myself to leave the flaws, there were to be no " do-overs" ....that second part proved much harder to deal with....and of course things did go wrong.....but I left them be and carried on.
The quilt began with me drawing this bird outline.....from it, I would create my pattern.

I cut scraps of fabric that had been prepared with wonder under. My fabric choices revolved around a single piece....a little scrap donated by a friend.....I saw a perfect eye.....actually, I built the bird around it.  Note the plaid at the under wing and legs.....The quilts for this challenge must be no larger than 24" square and MUST include a piece or 2 of plaid


The bird components were simply cut, placed on the background and fused. I stabilized it, did some quick thread painting, the text was added using transfer paper, the piece was machine quilted, the prairie points were added and the quilt was faced to finish it off.
This one was a quick and easy...no muss..no fuss project.


I liked the bird so much, I just had to create a doodle as well.....so, you see, in this case, the quilt was kind of sandwiched in the middle......between the outline drawing and the doodle.
Curious about the saying around the perimeter?.....I want to extend my thanks to Kay at Borderline Quilter as she helped me find a lovely old Scottish greeting.....Lang may yer Lum reek!!!!



20 comments:

Karin said...

WOW! now that is some fine detail in such a small space. I am very impressed and I really like the whole too.

Terri Stegmiller said...

I love your wee little quilty bird!!!

Kim said...

And how did you do the inking in the corner to make the thistle? Easy huh? It look fabulous and so life like.

Happy Sewing

Did you get a ribbon for this little lovely creation?

Joan said...

Fabulous Jill - Love it...such a gaud wee birdie... and also love the saying :) (not sure if I spelt the 'good' correctly...but its said in Scottish :)

Glenda said...

Love it! I think that your doodling ways, all the doodles of your life have become a part of your quilting resume; A transferable skill. No doubt you have trained entire pathways in your brain to think in doodle and it surely shows in your free motion quilting. Super work!

Robbie said...

WONDERFUL!!! How clever...love the bird and the stamp design! Very nicely down!

The Cozy Quilter said...

My Dad uses that saying. I love your little postage stamp quilt!

What Comes Next? said...

this is a great little mini - so much detail - love it!

Judy Cooper Textile Images said...

This is a fabulous mini piece!

Jackie said...

There really is nothing you can't do. And I don't even have my article in yet!

landscapelady said...

Love it! Your fabric choices for the bird is excellent, you must have quite the stash - I have to force myself to get what would normally be called ugly, although I hate to say that as your bird illistrates there is no ugly fabric. But the dull blacks ect. Are perfect for certain things such as birds and animals, rocks. It's just when I see them in the store, I don't say oh yes, I must have this. I'm getting better at seeing the beauty in the "ugly fabrics"

How did you do the writing? It adds so much to the piece.

Clare Wassermann said...

I like this a lot...I think it's his eye you know that does it!

Diane J. Evans said...

Gorgeous, Jill -- so it's a good thing if my lum reeks???

Diane

tich said...

'Lang may yer lum reek ' is usually said at New Year, when you are going to visit your friends. The first foot (the first person over the door after twelve midnight - preferably with dark hair for luck) should bring something to eat (shortbread), something to drink( whisky) and a piece of coal. This signifies you will have enough to eat and drink and you will keep warm throughout the following year.

comicbooklady said...

Love the prairie points as perforations, great idea! and of course that bird is so lovely!

comicbooklady said...

Love the prairie points as perforations, great idea! and of course that bird is so lovely!

Anna said...

What a gorgeous little quilt!

Michelle May-The Raspberry Rabbits said...

It's incredible. You are just so very talented.

Createology said...

Fabulous fun little quilt to commemorate life before social media. Your details really make this special. Happy Creative Hearts...

Quilter Kathy said...

Amazing...love it! The prairie points were the perfect addition!

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