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Book of Birds I

Book of Birds I
Book of Birds I

This is my first entry in the series of quilts I call “Book of Birds.”  There are two sets of birds in flight in this piece: green birds with “wings up,” and red birds with “wings down.” I think the difference creates subtle movement.

The red and green fabrics are primarily Christmas fabric (because it’s what I have on hand). I used 6-7 fabrics of each color.

The gray background also contains shapes that interlock with the birds. I’ll show you next time.

Otherwise, this piece is ready for quilting.

“The Book of Birds”

After a long hiatus, I resumed cataloging patterns.

All of my patterns are based on a single cell:

The Workhorse
The Workhorse

Different arrangements of the cell produce different patterns, unique to each arrangement. There are thousands of these patterns. Even I haven’t looked at all of them.

So, I’ve been drawing patterns, just to see what they look like. And a fair number of them look like birds.

I mentioned collecting these patterns in book. Now, I’m thinking about creating quilts of these birds to use as illustrations. I’ll try to make them all (until I’m tired of ’em).

I will make two changes, though . . .

First, the quilts will be paper-pieced miniatures, using a 3-inch patch. I will probably leave the paper in place and back the piece with fleece. There are a lot of these patterns to work through. I want to tear through a lot of them. “Smaller is faster” is what I’m thinking.

Second, the quilts will be matted, suitable for framing. I hate binding quilts, and what better way to do away with it?? The pieces will be about 24 inches square.

They’re art!!  Hang ’em on the wall!!

What do YOU think about the idea?? Would you care to join in?? Leave me a comment, lemme know.

My tessellations are for the birds!!

Recently, I’ve noticed bird shapes in my tessellations.

I’m sure they’ve been there all the time . . . I just started REALLY noticing them.

I decided to work through the patterns in my library to see how often they turn up.

1-1-1-4

1-1-1-4a
1-1-1-4a

Here’s a flock of birds in flight.

1-1-1-1M

1-1-1-1Ma
1-1-1-1Ma

I came across these guys while working on “Prayer Shawls, All.” There’s another set of birds hiding in the background. They show up when I change the background color.

1-1-1-1Mb
1-1-1-1Mb

1-1-1-3M

1-1-1-3Ma
1-1-1-3Ma

This is similar to the first flock, except the wings are raised higher.

1-1-2-2

1-1-2-2a
1-1-2-2a

These are packed pretty tight.  Let’s say I “loosen ’em up” a little with alternate colors and a background change.

1-1-2-2b
1-1-2-2b

1-4-1-4

If you turn the previous pattern on its side, you get another set of birds.

1-4-1-4a
1-4-1-4a

Again, there’s a second set of birds hidden in the background.  Change the background, and they appear.

1-4-1-4b
1-4-1-4b

1-1-2-4

1-1-2-4a
1-1-2-4a

This is the same bird shape as in 1-1-2-2, with added space.

1-1-2-1M

1-1-2-1Ma
1-1-2-1Ma

This is the same bird shape as before, but the background is different.

1-4-2M-4

When you turn the previous pattern on its side, you get this:

1-4-2M-4a
1-4-2M-4a

1-1-2-3M

1-1-2-3Ma
1-1-2-3Ma

1-4-4M-4

1-4-4M-4a
1-4-4M-4a

This pattern is similar to 1-4-1-4, without the second set of birds lurking in the background.

1M-2-4-2

1M-2-4-2a
1M-2-4-2a
1M-2-4-2b
1M-2-4-2b

I do believe this bears looking into.  I’m sure there are lots more to come.

I propose to collect these bird tessellations in a “Book of Birds.”  What do you think of the idea??