Blue Bird Sews List of FAL Q: 3

Hello! I haven't done a FAL in quite a while, but with what I have on my plate I need a bit of accountability and encouragement! Last year I made a challenge to myself to not start any new projects but finish up all the WIPs I had laying around. At that point I had 10 or so. Way to many for my brain to handle, so I whittled it down and I am proud to say I have only 1 quilt top from that original list to finish.
It is a big quilt top and I am taking it to a long-arm machine and finishing it myself. That is why it has taken me so long to finish it - I have a hard time allowing myself the time to go and get it done. But not this quarter! This is on the top of the pile now! I even have backing done and a batting for it!

Next up is a vintage top my grandma found and gave to me. It's a hand pieced pinwheel kinda thing and I love it even though it has seen better days. I am hoping a lot of quilting will bring it back to its original glory. I have a backing and batting ready to quilt this at home.

My guild, PMQG has lots of charity quilts going on and I took one home to finish up. The blocks are part of the 2013 BOM we did, and it made an X plus quilt top.  I made a backing for it and cut the batting to the right size. It's not that big, 46" square and I am ready to quilt it on my home machine in a free motion design.

Then there is the matter of these two mini quilts. I really want to get them both quilted up and done before they get lost in time! I just love how they turned out after playing with Patchwork Please paper pieced flower block and some fun colors.

Notice a theme here; lots of quilting! That's why I need some motivation to finish all these, it might get a bit tedious to just quilt for the next 3 months! I do have a few other piecing things to work on but just a few. We will see how it goes! Good luck everyone!

Finish Along 2014



Summertime Photo Bomb!

Hello Blog! It's been a while! Sorry for the gathering dust around here. I have been busy gardening, sewing lots for PMQG and doing lots as the secretary for Portland Modern Quilt Guild this year too! Add in working on a queen sized mother-in-law quilt and taking care of a certain 4 year-old plus a husband who works 10-12 hours a day in the summer time. Once I lay it all out like that I can understand where all my time goes to! And it's all worth it because in between all that this has been happening:

Hexagon quilt made by my great aunties that hangs
at my Grandmothers house. 

He got a bike for his birthday and has
been loving the rides!

I got to cut into this Lotta Jansdotter fabric Mormor for a special project.

A big part of summer in my garden is the raspberries,
so many raspberries! Steve made me a trellis this year.

I discovered sewing outside while my little one plays in the pool.
A perfect summer day in my book. 

PMQG is got a fabric challenge with Monaluna Organic Fabrics!
We are making Ohio Star blocks, yum!

I got inspired by some flowers and made
this fabric bundle which I am playing
with for a special little mini-quilt!

I love my garden!

Another PMQG goodie! We are making a medallion quilt and I am
loving the bright quilt this is becoming. Each month the officers have
designed a border to add. 

Could he get any cuter? Love this kid!

Here's me and the hubby enjoying some family fun!

Quilt burrito! 
I hope you are enjoying your summer to the fullest! I have got some good ideas now for future blog posts from these photos. We need a bit more in-depth about these projects now don't we!

What has your summer been like? Any plans for fun?



Mini Quilt Finishes for PMQG

Hello there! I admit it, I have been on Instagram sharing away the sewing, gardening and even my adorable little guy and hardly even checking in over here. I succumbed to the IG bandwagon, and it's really fun! So no apologies, just come on over and find me there, it's bluebirdsews

So I've got a couple of mini quilt finishes for you today. Both were made for challenges run through my awesome guild, Portland Modern Quilt Guild

The first was sponsored by Michael Miller, they provided us with a new line: Glitz. I wasn't in love with the fabrics to start with but that's what a challenge is all about; using something that is a bit out of your comfort zone.

I knew I wanted to make a paper pieced block for my mini and so I hopped on over to quilterscache and chose Wild Zinnias. It has an art deco feel to it with the gold metallic and the sharp edges. I finished it with simple straight line quilting echoing the design. It measures 13" square. 

The second challenge is sponsored by Robert Kaufman they sent PNW guilds another metallic fabric but this has a much more natural look to it. I had a plan for it but was diverted when I got an idea in my head for a circle block using a wedge template. The moon idea popped into my head one night just before bed and when the deadline was extended a few days I jumped in a whipped this up in a just a couple days. It measures 25" round.

The best part about this quilt is the binding. I made it match the design of the quilt having black at the edge too. I really like that little bit. Quilting is simple straight line in the ditch between each wedge. 

I enjoyed the challenge of the two quite different fabrics. Our guild has a couple more challenges coming up and am looking forward to tackling those too. I think I've got a plan for the MQG fabrics, now just waiting for a chance to stitch them up between everything else going on. 
What are you working on?


Bloggers Quilt Festival: Rainbow Scrappy Log Cabin

Hello there! My name is Kelly and I like to quilt, sew pretty much everything, garden and share with you here at my blog and more recently lots of pictures on Intagram. The Blogger's Quilt Festival at Amy's Creative Side is such a cool way to see other quilts and meet other quilters. So thanks for stopping by and let me tell you about my quilt!

I'm entering my ROYGBIV: Rainbow Scrappy Log Cabin Quilt. 
Measurements: 76" x 82"
Quilting: Free Motion on my Husqvarna 830 sapphire 
Thread: Aurifil cotton white 
Fabric: Lots of scraps spanning lots of years
Design: My own log cabin improv

So a couple years ago I went through a big rainbow thing. Everything I was making had to be rainbow colors and that's how this quilt started. One block that was rather large and I fell in love with. I pondered making a pillow with it, so I made another block for the back. And then I couldn't stop making rainbow log cabin blocks from my scraps.

I had made six and sewn them together with white sashing in between to separate the blocks. I showed it to my husband and he commented it needed to be bigger. And I had to agree with him. There's nothing worse than toes sticking out of a quilt - am I right?!

So I stitched up a few more blocks and eyeballed the whole thing together. This is what is so magical to me about this quilt is that I did no measuring at all. I just cut and sewed, cut more, sewed more. It was so low pressure with such beautiful results.

Once it was all patch-worked together I free motion quilted it on my home machine using aurifil thread and a lot of patience. You can work a quilt this big at home, it just takes some tenacity. I used this quilt to test out quilting designs so it's a big 'ol sampler of stitches in every way possible.

The last parts of the quilt are backing and binding and both are vintage. The rainbow vintage sheet I found at a thrift store was perfectly meant to be and then the black polka dot binding was from my grandma's vintage stash - and polka dot binding is my personal favorite.

Some quilts you make for others, for work, for charity but this quilt was made just for me. It is one of my most favorite things I have ever made and I hope you liked it too! Thanks again for stopping in to Blue Bird Sews. Let me know what you thought of the quilt and tell me about your favorite thing you've ever made.


Sewing Clothes: Lakeside PJ's

I returned to some selfish sewing over the past weekend and completed a set of Lakeside PJ's. These pj's are a perfect fit right off the pattern from Grainline Studio and I love them!
The construction uses lots of bias binding, but that means no hemming! Kind cool.

Here is a view of the back. I really like how it opens up back here, allows for lots of movement when sleeping. This is my first pair of sleeping shorts and I am leaving pants forever. No bunching up in the covers. Genius!

 I didn't take a photo but trust me when I say the inside seams are gorgeously finished with my serger; so quick and lovely.
I'm already dreaming up the next pair in a super soft vintage cotton with pretty little yellow flowers. So perfect. Maybe I'll get back to selfish sewing this weekend.


linking to crazy mom quilts finish it up friday. 

PMQG Medallion Quilt: X Row Accomplished

I don't know about you but I like sewing, quilting, heck even paper piecing! But when faced with 24 little x blocks for this round of Portland Modern Quilt Guild medallion along quilt I was determined to finish it even though it tested my patience a wee little bit.

That said, the results are well worth the many (dare I say hundreds) of little pieces required! But my bitching aside, this quilt is shaping up to be a top 5 favorite of quilts I've made so far.

So although this isn't a finish in the literal sense; I also can't go any farther until next month's instructions come out, so it is finished for now. Pattern for the X's was done by Cath at Wombat Quilts and she has posted for your use for free.

linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts Finish It Up Friday.


WIP: Planning my next moves

With my Quilt with Me QAL quilt all finished up and posted I started to wonder what I was going to blog about next. Well logically next up is a Work In Progress kinda day. So here's what I've been sewing and the next big things to come...

Making plans and paper piecing my PMQG Medallion quilt. With 24 blocks 
to make I started cutting out scraps and getting assembly ready.

Pieced and quilted my first red and aqua quilt! More on this later!

Spring is coming! This week we had high of 70 degrees and lots of going to the park!

Friends are cool and all, but when you have quilty friends that 
understand you love of DS Quilts fabrics, well that's awesome! Thanks Cath

 It's getting Glitzy for the PMQG Michael Miller fabric challenge!
I used Wild Zinnias a paper pieced pattern from Quilter's Cache.

 Another PMQG challenge, this one sponsored by Robert Kaufman, 
Modern Metallic Exhibit for Quilt, Knit, Stitch. I'm using really cool paper pieced
blocks I found on Pinterest! Really excited to see what this one brings

And last, but not least my next big quilt adventure. A commission quilt
for my mom in law, a bed sized (90"x95") solids that will be amazing! It is my goal
to get this started on April 1! I've got a week for fun then it's work time :)

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

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