I made this quilt in memory of Bonnie Leman, the founder of Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine. The original quilt was in Bonnie’s private collection and the pattern was published in Quiltmaker Magazine.
I hand pieced the quilt using mostly reproduction fabrics. It is hand quilted in one of my favourite quilting designs – Baptist Fans. I mark the design freehand as I go and work around the outside of the quilt into the centre.
The quilting works up fairly quickly. Once the quilting is finished it’s into the wash. The cotton batting used turns nice and scrunchy, giving the timeless look of old quilts.
There are many appliqué designs featuring birds in quilts but not so many pieced birds. However, there are lots of pieced blocks with bird or birds names- Doves at the Window, Bluebirds, and Swallow’s Nest, Swallows Flight and many more. All of these would make beautiful quilts.
Thank you for visiting from Janette – A Plain Needlewoman
Wanda Stamper said:
I want the pattern for ‘Four Little Birds’ It was in the Quiltmakers ’06 Spring issue. Help!
If you contact Quiltmaker Magazine, they should be able to help you with the pattern. That is what I did. You have to pay for it and then you can download it. Hope this is helpful. I love this quilt and I enjoyed making it very much. Good Luck, Janette