Somehow I ended up at a free pattern download for Tula Pink's Chipper quilt. I didn't need to download it because I recognized it as a large Birds in the Air block and I know how to make those. But what I did like was the layout and mix of solids. I have a collection of large print pansy fabrics and decided this should be the block for them. I immediately made a few 12 inch blocks to see if I liked them. I do. They will be set on point.
A long time ago I made these six inch blocks from pansy fabrics but I just couldn't bring myself to cut into some of those larger prints.
I wasn't even sure I liked them all that much either so this quilt kind of stalled.
Maybe I'll make a reversible quilt and this will be the reverse. I do love pansies.
Ok...back to the tale of Birds... I felt guilty starting a new Birds in the Air quilt when I have a couple of other ones that are UFOs. Back in 2016 I won about 50 six inch blocks from Block Lotto in blues and purples plus white tone on tones. I was going to make a quilt with Birds in the Air bordered by Flying Geese similar to one I saw online.
So my guilt forced me to make a few more Birds in the Air blocks for this quilt. I thought I only needed sixty blocks for the body plus four for the quilt corners so I made 9 blocks plus blocks for the four corners. Then I realized I need 100 blocks for the center not 60 so I have forty more to go. Darn! I don't think I may have to add some gray or gold birds to the mix because I have very few purple fabrics or blue tot or small prints. I'm not even sure I have enough white fabric.
And I have even more birds in a box that need to get some air. I evidently started this in 2014 because I think I started it right after I saw it in the magazine. I had won some hand dyed scraps from Vicki Welsh and thought they would look wonderful in this quilt against the navy.
I'm not sure why these stalled. I even have the 2.5 inch strips of scrap fabrics cut and threw some other hand dyes in the box to add to the mix.
So I made four more half blocks. The construction of this quilt requires you to make the half blocks and then some get used as corners of a square in square, some get used as corners of a flying geese type block and some get made into actual Birds in the air.
And now that I see the two Bird halves together I really like the look. Maybe they would look good in those civil war repro scraps with muslin? or shirtings? Hmmmm. Maybe the Tale of Birds in the Air has no ending. But maybe the moral of the story is that a bird in the hand (quilted quilt) is worth two in the bush. Say what?