New Orleans House Project

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Bloggers' Quilt Festival: Four-Patch Parrots

I may be new to blogging, but I'm well-acquainted with happenings in the quilting blogosphere!  This weekend is the Houston Quilt Market, which leads up to the Houston International Quilt Festival.  In honor of the Festival, Amy at Amy's Creative Side began hosting an online quilt festival for bloggers.  It's an opportunity for blogging quilters to share their quilts and inspire others to creativity.

For my first-ever Bloggers' Quilt Festival entry, I offer some Four-Patch Parrots.  This is a happy quilt for me, not only because of the bright colors, but because it was all my creation!


The quilt began as simply an experiment with making stack & whack style 4-patch blocks.  There are a number of patterns and tutorials on creating this type of block, so I did some Google studying then raided my stash for some likely fabric.  I came up with some tropical parrot fabric and had a blast cutting and positioning the parrots in kaleidoscopic fashion.  





Before long, I had a stack of 4-patch blocks in search of a quilt.  Back to the stash for some coordinating candy-colored solids. Then more studying to figure out the cutting dimensions for the square-in-a-square blocks and the HST border.  This is the final result as it hung on my design wall.



My quilting collaborator, Annie, came up with a swirly quilting pattern and used a multi-colored thread on the top.  The quilting really complimented all the crazy birds!



The quilt backing and binding came from the stash, too.  (How all those tropical birds got in the stash in the first place is a story for another day!)  I love snuggling with this quilt on winter days - all that color and those mixed-up birds brighten any dreary day!

Thanks for stopping by to see my quilt and I hope you are inspired by all of the fantastic quilts in the festival!


10 comments:

  1. What a fun and happy quilt! Thanks for sharing. :)

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  2. Great how you did your blocks! Very bright and happy quilt:)

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  3. I like your happy parrots! I see you're a new blogger, too. Welcome!

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  4. I love the color combination that you used:)

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  5. That's sure a colorful quilt, Angie! I like it, and the quilt in your blog border too. I am sure you'll love blogging, just as I do. It's a great way to make new friends all around the world.

    BTW, I found you through your comment to me. I wanted to reply to you, but you're a "no-reply" blogger. You might want to consider changing that in your profile. Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting on my quilt. Linda, in Iowa (http://www.FlourishingPalms.blogspot.com)

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  6. Wonderfully colorful and happy! A Jimmy Buffet fan - Parrothead - would LOVE it too! I like that you made it for you!

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  7. I've done a six and an eight (although cut and sewed by hand) but never tried a four. This is a great design and you can be so proud of the finish!

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  8. I just love this quilt...a kaleidoscope of parrots - lol. I haven't done a stack and whack yet, but you've convinced me to give it a whirl (no pun intended...) :)

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  9. What a great quilt for the Festival!! Love the technique and the colors. How fun.

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  10. Such a bright, fun quilt! Love how you've put it all together. Thanks for sharing and have a great day

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