Getting back to the previous block on the Be My Neighbor quilt along, I said last month that I wanted to make these little houses into birdhouses. After that post, I was gifted a lovely piece of fabric by Mary who blogs at Needled Mom, (thanks again!!) The sizes of the birds was perfect for this block, and I used my square-up ruler to mark the fabric so I could fussy cut the exact size I needed with the birds in the center.
There were more than six motifs, so I had a hard time choosing which ones to use. I went for the ones with nests first, then had to adjust to get six full motifs. I couldn’t get the robin and nest because it was too close to the others where I needed the extra space to get the full square.
So, here are the final cuts, along with the other elements of the block.
There were only a few squares to mark for the roof sections this time.
Being careful to get the correct sections on the top and bottom of the bird squares, chain piecing made construction quick.
Little roofs went on the birdhouses quickly too.
Laying out the units, I made sure the colors of the birds were distributed nicely, and sewed the rows. At this point I was cautiously optimistic that this block would go together smoothly.
Rows pressed, and assembled, and YES!!! I made a block without ripping out a single seam, whoopee!!
Here’s a look at each of the bird blocks, starting with the cardinals.
Cedar Waxwings are seldom seen here, but once I did see an entire flock of them in a tree at our house. There must have been four or five dozen, a huge flock. This little square brings back that memory.
This one is a red breasted grosbeak, I haven’t ever seen one of these in real life.
We have bluebirds here, but I don’t see them often. I bought mealworms for them and DH put them in the feeder, then didn’t see any bluebirds for months!
This one is a yellow warbler. I would have loved to get the goldfinches on the fabric, but I couldn’t have them and the cardinals too.
I think this is supposed to be a purple finch.
One last look at the finished block.
Laying out the row, I had Block 12 from last time, so the row blocks were ready to assemble.
Getting closer to the end of this, just four more blocks to go and then sashing.
I know I have shared this before, but I was at it again with this block. I use the ends of my longarm bobbins to wind bobbins for the DSM. And I use the ends of bobbins from my DSM as the top thread for scrappy blocks. It helps to use up those bits and ends, and free up bobbins to reload with different colors.
If you are just finding this, all the patterns are available on Bear Creek Quilting’s free pattern area for Moda Be My Neighbor blocks, click HERE for the pattern downloads. Three rows finished, and I like the lighter colors. I wish now that I had done all the sky fabrics the same, but oh well, not going to rip it out!!
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