Sunday 23 February 2020

Birds in the Air x 4

Project Quilting 11.4 challenge is to use the 'Birds in the Air' block.  It’s two sizes of triangles, combined for a square block you must either use or reinterpret this traditional block. I did indeed reinterpret the block and it meets the requirements of two sizes of triangles. I used four blocks in my table topper.

I was short on time and only started making the topper yesterday at 9:30 AM. I just finished binding it this morning. I don't think I have ever made anything this fast before. Not bad considering I wasn't sure what to make.

An inkling of an idea started when I took a look through my collection of HSTs they do come in handy, and this was one of those times.

An Hst with side triangles, love those batiks
I started with a 3 1/2'' HST added triangles from a 3 7/8'' cut in half diagonally on each side.

all lined up to cut off those dog ears

I do like to trim off the dog ears and just line up the 45 degree line along the seam line and trim those dog ears off. This works for any size hst and triangle, at the moment I'm at a loss as to what you call this piece. Any suggestions?

Add a triangle a 6 7/8'' square cut in half diagonally to above unit. I went a step further to add interest I added a square to the bottom of the larger triangle sewing diagonally across the square. Trim and press.

I used my creative license to adapt the Birds in the Air block

A couple layouts with and without my adaption.

option #1. Not feeling it. This was before I added the bottom triangle

option #2 has promise but still not quite there yet

auditioning thread on option #3

Now this was more to my liking. 
table topper finished size 19'' square
For the quilting I needed something fast and easy. I quilted feathers in the batik coral pieces and some curves in the print batik triangles. In the sashing and borders some vines with leaves and swirls.

a closeup of the quilting
I'm ready for spring with a new springy table topper. It was a quick project but I enjoyed it once I figured out what I was going to make.


  1. What a lovely table topper you created with your pattern modifications!! Nicely done.

  2. What a pretty little quilt! I love the colors.

  3. The colors are so spring-like and make your topper look fresh and happy! Love it!

  4. Beautiful finish and the quilting is just perfect.

  5. Love your table topper and your quilting is truly beautiful, love it.

  6. I love this happy little table topper! :)

  7. Your vines in the sashings and borders are beautiful!!!!

  8. I love that a simple modification resulted in such a big change. Your final layout and the quilting make a beautiful piece.

  9. What a cool (so you!) modification! It definitely is springy, and with all the birdsong I’m hearing of late, spring really is in the air with the birds. I love how you quilted it too, Cindy.


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