Friday, February 5, 2010

Playing with Piecing

Bird Feeders

It was one of those winter wonderland days when I took this picture of bird feeders in the backyard.

For the record, on the left is a seed feeder, on the right is a suet feeder, and in the middle is a squirrel baffle.

What if I try to make a pieced quilt from this photograph?
What if I divide the picture into three sections by placing vertical seam lines on either side of the squirrel baffle?

This allows me to place boxes around all three items and the pole they hang from.

Next I can work inside the boxes and decide how I want to piece the curves.

When I eliminate the picture and look at my seam lines, I see that there is nothing here that is at all difficult to sew.

When I addd some color to the main objects, I find that I am satisfied with the basic composition.

Some details, such as the curved cross-arms and the pegs on the suet feeder, I've decided to applique.

Some details, such as the wire hangers for the feeders, I can stitch.

The biggest trick will be to find a fabric for the background that will create the impression of a weeping birch covered in ice and snow.


  1. Love this! Very inspiring, now I need to look back through my photos a little closer!

  2. Kheli

    Thanks for your comment.

    I'm thinking the same thing. I need to look through my photos and see what else I can turn into a quilt. I have pictures I haven't looked at in 20 to 30 years or more. There must be something there I can use.

  3. Great idea, Wayne. As for the fabric, try and look in the "landscape" section. They have some wonderful tree fabric. Shipping is minimal.

  4. Elsie

    Thanks for the tip. I'll take a look.