Birds in the Window

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I am heading out tomorrow to see my Mom who has moved to an assisted living facility. I wanted to bring her something to brighten up her new place. I had this Beautiful Birds panel from Elizabeth Studios. I had seen a window quilt created with it so I decided to go ahead and try to make it for my Mom. I watched Jenny Doan’s Attic Window video. I did change some things since my blocks were smaller than hers.

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  • Rough cut each of the 12 rectangles
  • Square the rectangles to 5 by 6  inches.
  • Cut 2-2 inch strips width of fabric (WOF) of the light gray and 3-2 inch strips WOF dark gray.
  • Subcut the light gray strips into 12-5 inch strips and 12-2 1/4 inch squares.
  • Subcut the dark gray strips into 12-7 1/2 inch strips
  • Cut 7-1/2 inch strips WOF of black fabric
  • Subcut 3 of the black strips into 15-7 1/2 inch strips

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  • Chain piece the light gray strips to the bottom of each of the rectangles.
  • Chain piece the light gray squares to the dark gray strips using the snowball method, sewing diagonally to form the corner of the window.
  • Press seams as desired (I pressed to the dark and away from the birds.)

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  • Sew the snowballed strip to the left side of the rectangles, carefully matching the seam for the gray strip at the bottom of the rectangle. I use a pin and my measuring gauge and I sew very close to the pin before removing it.

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  • Sew the black strips to the right side of the rectangles and one strip on the left of each of the first blocks in each of the 3 rows.
  • Press seams.
  • That completes the 12 blocks.
  • Sew the blocks together in rows.
  • Sew the long black strips to the top of each of the rows and an additional one on the bottom of the bottom row.
  • Sew the rows together.
  • Cut 4-3 1/2 inch strips of border fabric (I used Benartex Fossil Fern Indigo).
  • Sew on the borders making sure everything is squared up.
  • Prepare quilt sandwich with backing fabric and batting.

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  • Quilt by stitching in the ditch around the black sashing only.
  • Square up the quilt top.
  • Prepare hanging tabs following instructions at Modify Tradition. (I decided on tabs because I am thinking I might have to hang this with Command Strips and the strips can be attached to a wood strip that is passed through the tabs.)
  • Attach binding. (I machine stitch it to the front and then glue baste it to the back. Finishing on the machine stitching in the ditch on the front.

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Here’s what the tabs look like finished into the binding.

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I love the way it came out. I hope my Mom likes it!

Until next time!

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