Monday, March 3, 2014

Birds in the Air

Last January, when it was my turn to be queen bee of the That Stash Bee, I asked my bee mates for Birds in the Air blocks in blues and greens.

The blocks came in. I added a few more. And then they sat ever so patiently for more than a year.

Birds in the Air_Blocks
I picked them up last month and started to turn them into a quilt top.

I took forever to decide on the layout, mainly because there are so many different ways to play around with the blocks.

Here's one layout that Sarah from Sew What Sherlock shared of a quilt she made using the Birds in the Air blocks. Would you believe it was her first quilt? What an impressive quilt!

Big star quilt (my first quilt EVAR.)
Courtesy of Sarah Bailey
Deb from A Simple Life auditioned a number of different layouts. I can't wait to see which one she decides on!
As you can see, there are many layout options with the Birds in the Air blocks. That's what makes working with these blocks so much fun.

I'm happy to report that I decided on a layout - more on that soon - and finished the quilt top this past weekend.

Birds in the Air_top

If you are interested in making a quilt with these blocks, check out my tutorial here. At the end of the tutorial, I share a few different layouts. If you do make the blocks, feel free to share in the Mama Love Quilts Flickr group. I'd love to see what you stitch up!


  1. Hey! I wanted to see your layout! Haha just kidding - I remember these blocks from last year and I can't wait to see what you're doing with them :-)

  2. ok, you have us all curious now! ;-)

  3. love the colors . . . now I'm curious to see the quilt.

  4. Ooooh! I looking forward to seeing what layout you've decided on!

  5. I love these blocks. So many possibilities!

  6. What a cool block! I love your beautiful cool palette Nicole - always so spot on.

  7. What great blocks and love that you shared the various can't wait to see what you chose!

  8. Love to see traditional blocks being used and in such a fresh, spring-like combination of colours - they really work well. xCathy

  9. I've been wondering about this quilt! Can't wait to see it :)

  10. Now you've got me wanting to dig those blocks out! I'll be sure and post finish pics to Flickr when I get to them this spring. And I can't wait to see what you do with yours.

  11. Those blocks just had to age properly like a fine wine :0), thanks for a well done tutorial I really had no idea this block could be so versatile :0).

    Happy Sewing

  12. Love the colours in your blocks, Nicole! You're such a tease - cant wait to see what layout you chose.

  13. Ooh I love the layout in the chevron zigzag pattern. Great colours too.


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