Autumn is for the Birds

I was thrilled when my friend Jamie Fingal ask me to create something using her new fabric line, Autumn is for the Birds, from Hoffman Fabrics.


I decided to use my favorite method of creating: free form piecing.  When I create a quilt with this method I rarely plan anything out, other than perhaps a general size and a few elements.  The problem with this method is that I often have to rearrange as I go.  And sometimes I need to unpick - a LOT.  I took a few photos as I went to help me get an idea of where things were going and then based upon those photos I added or changed.  I put the photos together in a short power point so that you could see a little bit of my process.  I apologize for the dark photos as my design wall is in a dark hallway but I think it still gives you a good idea of how things went.


The final quilt is approximately 30"x 37".
I love the focus fabrics!  There are a lot of textures in all of the fabrics.  Honestly, I could have quilted the Bluebird fabric, given it a border or two and been very happy with it!  But I always like to mix things up a bit.

And because I love to make more than I need too, 
I made a set of wings for my teenage daughter to put on a backpack.
She saw a Kawaii style backpack with wings and asked if I could make her a pair.  She helped me to design the wings and now we just need to find the perfect backpack to put them on!

What do you think you would make if you were given some Autumn is for the Birds fabric?  Leave a comment here on my blog or any of the other blogs in the hop, for your chance to win a fat quarter stack generously donated by Hoffman Fabrics. (Sorry US Residents only)

Here are the links for the rest of the blog hop:
Feb 17 - Lisa Chin
Feb 18 - Cheryl Sleboda
Feb 19 - Stacy Hurt
Feb 20 - Candy Glendening 
Feb 21 - Sue Bleiweiss
Feb 22 - Jamie Fingal

Comments

Brenda said…
What a fun, fun collection! I think that I would take your approach -- improvise and see what happens. Love the wings you and your daughter designed.
Betteem said…
I love the colorful fabric and your free form art piece. Thanks for sharing.
Lissa Goldsmith said…
I love all the colors in your creation. Lissag123@verizon.net
Lynda said…
Lisa, Those wings are so cute! You amaze me with your quilt. Beautiful! What do you use for batting? Great giveaway! I'd love to play with Jaime's fabrics.
Gail Moss said…
Lisa, I love your wall hanging and I love, love, love those wings! I'd also love to have those beautiful fabrics of Jamie's.
B. Garner said…
Hi Lisa... Terrific new quilt - you always inspire me to get the rotary cutter and start MAKING! Love the free form cutting and the great corner house blocks! You have honored Jamie's line with a super design.

Thanks for sharing the process!
Bethany
Lisa Filion said…
Very cute! I love free piecing and I'm like you. No plan. If I won some of the fabrics, I'd hoard them for awhile before free piecing some sort of hanging. I LOVE the wings!!!!!
Sylvia said…
I like this arrangement! Great job getting it finished in time! Thanks for the chance to win!
QuiltingBE said…
I love the wings! I like the quilt too but the wings are marvelous! And the idea of putting them on a backpack is very cool!
Carolyn Moore said…
I love Jamie's fabric collections...they practically beg to be cut and sliced and diced into whatever the imagination can conjure. I never feel more free and have more fun than when I am playing with Jamie's fabrics. I am amazed by the variety of approaches and beautiful results that emerge from the same fabric. Love the wings!!

Gill said…
Great quilt - I would definitely make a quilt too!
Christine said…
This is absolutely beautiful! The quilt, the fabrics and the wings, I love them all.

I think it would make a stunning wall hanging. I've been looking for ideas for a springtime hanging.

I love your work!
Helen said…
Fun! I have to give this a whirl, maybe I would get something done? I think I would let my kids come up with an idea! I may add some to a certain flower quilt I am making that requires a lot of green!
Monica Weidmann said…
I love the freedom expressed in your art quilt.
anna brown said…
i think a tote for myself and my daughter diane,,,,love the wings idea.....happyness04431@yahoo.com
Jennifer said…
Great fabric and love the wings!
PK Sews said…
Those wings are such fun! I would use this fun fabric to make a wall quilt with lots of colorful bids, and I use the scraps to make pillows. I love this fabric! Thanks for the chance to win.
Lee said…
I would love to make a wonky log cabin quilt!
Peggy said…
I would use these to makes tote bags for charity.
Thanks,
Peggy
Peggy_verdongibbs@att.net
Peggy said…
I would use these to makes tote bags for charity.
Thanks,
Peggy
Peggy_verdongibbs@att.net
That quilt! Those wings! Love them.
Love this even though green isn't my favourite colour. I'll never tried free style cutting and piecing but I think I might just have a go now.
janice said…
I would probably make something practical like a table runner in a free style form. Then I would have to go buy enough bird fabric to make some place mats and then a stripe for some napkins. Would make for a dynamite table
Gene Black said…
I would love to make some improv wonky blocks (in a Gee's Bend style)
But I also see using these as elements for a pictorial quilt....
The line is delightfully inspiring.
I love the wings especially! great ideas. Thanks!
Denise Spillane said…
Such cool fabrics and hop. Loving this.
Carol said…
What a fun piece and brilliant fabric!
LynneP said…
Fun fun fun!!! I also like to piece improvisational. I think I might make a wall hanging for a friend who is crazy for birds! Thanks for the chance to win.
Denny1600 said…
I would try some improvisational piecing! You inspire me.
Andrea York said…
Gorgeous quilt and those wings are just awesome! I'd love to make a lap quilt with these fabrics~
I would make an Autumn quilt.
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Lynn said…
I have no idea what I would use the fabric for but would need to "pet it" and study it first to be sure but since I love making purses and bags I am thinking they would work well in a project like that.
Vivian Helena said…
love the back pack idea, flying through school work... so many items can be made with this fabric.
That is a great wall hanging! Jamie's fabrics spur one to take risks, don't they. I love the wings for the backpack -- I think I need some just for everyday wearing to work.
Lisa Marie said…
I would love to use these beautiful fabrics to make a lap quilt!
Allison CB said…
I CAN SEE A REALLY NEAT WALL QUILT !!!!
Great fabric!
Lizzie said…
Fun, fun, fun this fabric is inspiring with the complimentary fabrics. I would love to make a quilt for myself with this range.
annmarie said…
Sew many possibilities with the birdie fabrics. I like your idea of just free form fussy cutting! Love your wings too.
quiltzyx said…
I'd love to make a "couch" quilt with these fabrics. They'd go great with my blue & white leafy couch - or my bright red chair for that matter!!
jinsnapp said…
Just loving this fabric line! Your free form quilt is beautiful and I love those wings, so nice to have your daughter involved.
GranChris said…
Love the fabric, such fun you had.
Love the fabric and what you have created with it.
Jessica said…
I have to say, those wings are pretty cool! I love the colors in this bundle. My son is in need of a quilt for his "big boy" bed. I would love to use these as a start.
Emily C said…
I would love these for some pillowcases.
love the wings! and the quilt!
Terry said…
Your free-piecing is such fun and love those wings!!!
I'd make a couple of totes with these fabrics to give as gifts (and perhaps one for me as well) ;)
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Linda said…
HI,neat collection!
I'd make a new tote for my Granddaughter! Thanks for sharing!
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Vicki H said…
I'd love a table runner with those bright colors.
Those wings are so pretty! Gosh, those are gorgeous fabrics...I think I'd like to make some covers for some old pillows on my couch, or some curtains. Lovely! God bless! ILuvTheEucharist @ aol.com
Thread Born said…
Hi Lisa- So impressed by this quilt and how it came together!
crazylegs said…
Wings on a backpack! Fun! I think I would make a quilt to donate to the local domestic violence shelter. They need pretty quilts to comfort and heal the residents.
Andrea Burnap said…
I think these fabrics would make a great tote bag!
Betteem said…
Thanks for posting your projects. They are clever uses for this beautiful fabric.
Ellee said…
These fabrics are screaming to be transformed into a quilt for my family room! -- soparkaveataoldotcom
Sandra said…
great job. You definitely captured the tree feel. And glad to see you are drawing your daughter into the fabric world.

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