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Birdseed Quilt

May 5, 2002

It’s Cinco de Mayo, and I’m celebrating because I finished a project, a baby quilt with a birds and nature theme. Having just been born, the baby hasn’t developed any interests of her own yet to base a quilt on, but her parents are birders. They’ve taken vacations to see birds in far-flung locations and have many feeders in their yard so they can watch feathered friends closer to home, so when I saw a fabric with a birdseed print, I knew I’d found my focus fabric. I was fortunate that it fit into the neutral color scheme I’d planned. I wanted it to be neutral to coordinate with the quilt I’d made for the baby’s sister a couple years ago (it’s the “baby quilt with cranes” in my quilt gallery); that one was neutral to match the parents’ taste and d├ęcor.

I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. My favorite part is all the different creatures there are for the baby to find when she studies it: ducks, sparrows, cardinals, owls, woodpeckers, dragonflies, dogs, roosters, a moose, some deer, a raccoon, and lots of others, along with many squirrels, since we have a lot of those around here. There are also bird eggs and feathers and nests to see. I was disappointed that I wasn’t able to work in the web/techie fabric I wanted to sneak in the design, since the father and I work together doing web/techie things, but it just didn’t fit with the rest of the fabrics. Maybe I’ll make a wall quilt for my office with that at some point after I finish the other six quilts on the list for this year.

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