Saturday, November 28, 2009

Birds of a Feather Quilt Finished




Well, can I start by saying that I waited and waited and waited for my local sewing shop to get the thread for this quilt ordered into their store. Then, I decided to order from an online store here in Australia. They sent me the wrong thread and then said they would reimburse me if I sent it back and they would cover the shipping costs. I did that and they reimbursed me for my shipping it back but not what I paid to have them ship it to me! They spent 4$ to ship it to me, I spent 1$ shipping it back. Can I just tell you that I am not at all satisfied with the way Australian businesses handle customer service??? So, I ordered the thread from Joann's in America and had it sent to my mom who then forwarded to me---all faster than I could get it here in Australia. No wonder most people over here do their fabric and sundry buying from America! I can tell you, it's not for lack of trying to give the locals the opportunity!

So, anyway, I finished quilting my Birds of a Feather quilt and I absolutely love it! It's going to be a wall hanging so the heavy quilting is perfect to add texture and to make it lay flat. Now I just have to figure out a way to hang it on the wall. Make a sleeve to use to hang it? Does anyone know of any good instructions to do this? I'm going to hang it over Alexander's crib. I love this quilt so much I want to make another one... We shall see...

31 comments:

Anne at Film and Thread said...

Your quilt is beautiful! The background color is perfect and the quilting is amazing. I can't blame you if you want to make another one since this one is so great!

Mary said...

http://wwwbluemoonriver.blogspot.com/2007/07/how-to-make-quilt-sleeve.html here is a tutorial about how to add a quilt sleeve to you wall hanging. I forgot how big you quilt is, but if it's small enough on the next one you can add triangular pieces of fabric in the corners and a tab in the middle as I did on my turtles wallhanging. You can see it here http://edutach.blogspot.com/2009/03/turtles-wallhaning-is-up.html

sewkatiedid said...

This quilt is really sweet. Did you machine stitch the applique?

wishes, true and kind said...

Your quilt looks great!! A friend of mine (she does all my long arm quilting) buys clip rings for hanging window treatments. You can get them with the curtain rod so that they match. Anyway, the rings hand on the rod and the clips hold the quilt. It's quick and easy to then hang the quilt and remove it for washing/mending or to change quilts. She has several like that in her home, and changes the quilts with the seasons. I've not tried it yet, but plan to soon. She said she gets hers at Bed, Bath, and Beyond or Joann's. I tried to look Joann's website to find a link for you, but it's down right now due to high volume.

angela said...

Love it! Awesome quilting, and the fabrics you chose are wonderful. All Denise's great fabrics hangin out together :)

I would use the Command 3M picture hanging velcro. Easy, quilt is flant onthe wall, and comes down simply for washing.

Me? A Mom? said...

Beautiful! If it's not too heavy, you could always hang it using big safety pins pinned through the back and batting and then hang the circle part of the safety pin on a small nail tapped into the wall.

Jess said...

I love your quilt. Beautiful!

Floss said...

I love this quilt. The colours, the pattern, everything. I can see why you want to make anotherone.

Jenni @ Fairybread said...

Lovely quilt - I loved it when I saw the pattern too. As for the LQSs, I have to agree with you. I usually buy my fabric online from the US. It's so much cheaper, and generally very fast to arrive. Recently I went to my LQS wanting some fabric I have been seeing everywhere in the US - they had a layer cake but no yardage. They said it would be on the website as soon as it came in last week. Not there yet and I have already received it from the US at less than half the price. What can you do?

Zegi said...

I don't blame you for wanting to make another. It is super-adorable cute. Love it!

Quilts on Bastings said...

What a gorgeous quilt - I particularly love the quilting!

Corrie said...

oh wow hi I just found your blog through flickr! love love love your quilts!

I'm really getting into my quilting and yours are just gorgeous!

I'll be back again!

Corrie:)

Tracy said...

That is stunning! Well done.

Vanessa said...

What a great quilt, the quilting and applique are beautiful. I agree with your comments on customer service in Australia. There are one or two online stores I have been happy with but for the most part I order from the US and get things quicker and sometimes cheaper.I had one well known store here take 6 weeks to deliver - they said they lost my order - and then charged my credit card twice for it, and were very rude when I mentioned it. They refunded it but begrudgingly! They've lost a customer!

Ryanne said...

Is this a quilt pattern you designed yourself or did you find it somewhere else? I would love to know so I can make one for my daughter's room :)

Ryanne

McKenna said...

I love this quilt. I had to laugh about your experience with Australian suppliers. The first time I purchased something from Harvey Normans and went back to return it because IT DIDN'T WORK- and they told me I would have to send it out for repair - I just about hit the roof! Australia has a whole different mindset on customer service. I do quite alot of my quilt supply shopping in the states with my sister mailing me what I need.

Marit said...

Your quilt is gorgeous!! So colorful and fun! Love it!!!
Is it your own pattern?

Katie said...

I'm so in love with this quilt. How did you do it?

Nancy said...

I just found you through SewMamaSew... I too love the quilt...I love birds of any kind, but especially fabric birds..lol

Is it a pattern?

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elainey said...

I saw this over at SewMamaSew.com
and had to hop over to see this beauty!

LOVE the design, color and the birdies!

You are a master quilter and if I had done this I would have such a big head!!!

I love your blog!!!
Congrats on a lovely heirloom !

Blessings,
Elaine
www.ElaineBarnett.com
Writing To Encourage YOU!

jodieth said...

I would love to have this pattern. You have have done beautiful work!

sally said...

I just love this quilt. Were the birds added after the quilt was quilted? I'm new to this quilting thing.

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Oops-Lah said...

Your quilt is so adorable. I also love the colours you've used; just perfect for a little boy's room. Check out this blog for instruction on how to make a hanging sleeve: http://www.dontlooknow.typepad.com/, you'll find it in the side bar. Happy Easter!

Khris said...

Awesome quilt...wow I love all your quilts...well done. Khris

TaraLee said...

Hi I am American (Iowa farm girl) living in Australia too. I used to be on a cotton farm. Now we are near beach in QLD. Love your quilts, wish we lived closer! Happy sewing!

Suzanne said...

I cannot get over that quilting! You are one patient quilter.

Bonny said...

Your quilt is absolutely adorable - what is the dimensions? How big is each block?
Thank you Bonny

SWEET MARY said...

Hello - saw your beautiful bird quilt on Sew Mama Sew - any chance you can let me have the instructions?

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