If you have been counting, you probably think I'm nuts. 'Course many of you who really know me, might think I'm nuts anyway, but we won't go into that. LOL I told you I'd be busy for the doll swap, and I wasn't kidding. (As you have probably noticed if you've been visiting for awhile.) We're up to 8 at last count and that is before today's new one. In justification though, I am keeping one for myself and I have already given one away which brings the total down to 6 and I figure we're going to need at least 8 for angel quilts. (Maybe more.) Last time, for DQS8 we sent out 7 or 8 and that was for a group of 160 players. This time we have 200 participants, so who knows? This is a warning....there will be more so if you're sick of these little quilts, come back after September 1st when the swap will be over. LOL I LOVE making these little things!!!
Today's quilt came about because I wanted something so I could continue my "swirl" free motion quilting practice. (Can you believe?) I hated to duplicate the stuff I've already done, but I had to have something with a white background. Birds seems to always be the "go to" in the swap. Seems everybody likes birds, so I thought I'd start with them figuring that I'd cut out some flowers and plop them on and be done with the thing. BUT, then I spied the new fabric I bought last week with big circles and thought, "Hum, what about using them as the flowers?" It might look a bit folk artish. So that's what happened. First, I drew the birds and cut out the circles:
I actually took a picture of the circles on the fabric so I'd have reference as to how I liked them so I could fuse the fabric for the birds first. After that was done, I replaced them, fused them down too and drew lines for the stems of the flowers.
Of course, now came the fun part to sew everything down and stitch the stem lines, etc. plus do the free motion quilting. (My favorite part, other than the initial drawing.) And wa-la! May I present, "Two Birds Hiding".