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Love Birds

Posted on: May 19th, 2017 by Lorna McMahon
Meet the Parrots!

These love birds love hanging out together – some kissing – and some back to back.


I know that I have been using prints a lot more lately. I am trying to challenge myself to go out of my solids comfort zone. But for this one…. I could not resist digging back into my stash of solids to make this graphic lineup of love birds.

It is also quite unusual for me to leave a lot of negative space in my piecing. But for this quilt, I thought the effect of one row of birds was what this quilt needed. And the row of birds could also be used to make a table runner instead of a quilt!


Of course, the quilting is my usual organic wavy lines using my walking foot. I really got in the groove with this one and love how the waves turned out! I used plain white Gutermann thread both on top and in the bobbin. I chose to bind this little quilt in black – to match the eyes and to provide a strong frame.



The backing is Makin’ Waves in Ink from the True Colors collection by Tula Pink for Free Spirit Fabrics, which you can view here. The boldness of this print is a great contrast to the front.


The “Love Birds” baby quilt finished at 40” x 48″
and was the 32nd use of my 2nd edition of 100 labels
ordered from Ikaprint.


This new pattern is called Love Birds and you can find it listed here in my shop.
The pattern provides instructions for making BOTH…..
a Baby Quilt size 40″ x 48″ and a Table Runner size 14″ x 38″




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20 Responses

  1. Nancy J says:

    Wow!!! The quilting, like rippling waves, or patterns on sand dunes, and birds in a row, perfect balance with plain fabric.

  2. Loving the love birds. And all that negative space and the wavy quilting is perfect

  3. Joy says:

    I love the solid fabrics too. With the type of quilting you do, pictorial, too much print distracts from the effect. It's all about the piecing.

  4. This is adorable, Lorna! What a wonderful new design! Love it!

  5. They are absolutely adorable! Leaving a lot of sky for them was the right thing as well as the beautiful wavy quilting.

  6. Dana Gaffney says:

    OM Goodness, they are really cute, I love the two together in a heart. Maybe you should just stay in your comfort zone 🙂

  7. Tish Stemple says:

    This is one of the sweetest quilts I've seen in a while 🙂 I love how when the backs of two birds touches it makes a little heart!

  8. Lorna, this is such a sweet and lovely design! You have such a talent. Congratulations on the new design and finish. 🙂

  9. As usual, a masterful design that happens to be a quilt!

  10. Needled Mom says:

    I really like how the wings for the heart and the quilting is fabulous.

  11. I finally got my labels, and love them. I showed them off at guild last night, and they were a hit. Thanks for the links to them.

  12. sam says:

    I love this. the birds are so sweet and the solids are perfect.

  13. Girl! You rock my world with your cute patterns and amazing quilting! Perfection!

  14. Ioleen says:

    Stunning!!! Lovely quilt and the wavy lines are amazing.

  15. Judy says:

    They are adorable! Love the parrots. You are a talented designer.

  16. Cheryl says:

    I love the sweet birds and how they combine into a heart 🙂

  17. Nicole says:

    Gah…these are so cute! Love the colours in the first one especially.

  18. Pat says:

    Just adorable.

  19. Linda says:

    Love your line of love birds. They remind me of lorikeets I have seen in Australia.

  20. SandraC says:

    Another beauty! It will be difficult to pick just a couple of your patterns when I see your trunk show in June.