It was absolute play -- no pins, no rules, only minimal measuring, and the brighter the colors the better!
|My first bird -- love his wing and chartreuse beak.|
Lynne's method is such a fun and liberating way to quilt and it makes you look at your fabric in a totally different way -- you start to look for patterns and prints that would provide interest and motion on a wing and you seek out body and beak colors that both complement and contrast.
|Second bird - love the blue, but his beak seems a bit small for his body.|
I quickly realized that the fabric I brought with me wasn't nearly bright enough for the splashy birds I wanted to make, so during lunch I treated myself to a few new fat quarters to try out.
|Post-lunch and fabric run bird. Getting there!|
The best part of making the birds is watching each of their unique personalities emerge as you make fabric, color, and cutting choices. Lynne challenged us to make a bird that represented someone we love. I chose my daughter Grayson because I find her brilliant, confident, colorful, and beautiful. Here's my Grayson bird:
I made five birds during the class and when I got home, I had to force myself to pay attention to my family instead of running to my work room to make more. Apparently improvisational piecing can be slightly addictive -- the class description should have included a warning!
If you'd like more info about Lynne's birds, methods or quilts, check our her blog: The Patchery Menagerie. She's got a few tutorials on her site, including a brief bird how-to. And as for me, I can't wait to find the time to add to my flock!! Happy quilting indeed!