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Birds of a Feather

Posted on: June 30th, 2017 by Lorna McMahon

This Birds of a Feather wall hanging was a satisfying finish this week. I have been wanting to make something from the pattern that I can take with me when I go to guilds to provide trunk shows. You see, I made the table runner version of this design, but it was a gift for my mom.

But I am not 100% happy with this piece. However, I learned a valuable lesson. Always use a fresh copy of the pattern. I used my working copy from back in May. And I have a poor memory, so I forgot about a few things that I learned back then.






So the tail and wing pieces do not line up so well, especially on the Red Winged Black Bird block. But I am happy with the overall look of this sweet wall hanging. And am looking forward to sharing it as part of my shows.


I added a hanging sleeve. One of the few times I actually do any hand sewing, I stitched the top of the sleeve into the binding, and then hand stitched the lower edge of the sleeve.

Just like when I made the Forest Friends 2.0 quilt, all of the fabrics used in this project are from the new Hopscotch collection by Jamie Fingal for RJR Fabrics. And I especially love the Crosshatch My Way print used for the Blue Jay. And how all the prints are “reads like a solid”. I’ve told you before – I do love to use solids – so even though these are prints, they make me feel like I’m cheating to say, “All the fabrics used in this piece are prints.”



The “Birds of a Feather” wall hanging finished at 21” x 34″
and was the 37th use of my 2nd edition of 100 labels
ordered from Ikaprint.

This is the Birds of a Feather table runner that I made for my mother for her birthday this year. Click here to see the post.

You can find the Birds of a Feather pdf pattern here in my shop.


Linking up to Finish it up Friday with

Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts


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8 Responses

  1. Nicole says:

    We are always our own worst critics. The hanging looks great from here!

  2. I love how you do your quilting. I \”borrowed\” your idea and tried it on a little table mat. I was pleased with the result.

  3. As always, such lovely quilts!

  4. Unknown says:

    I love this quilt but am especially comforted to hear someone else say they forgot about the stuff they learned when they made it previously. Quilting is what I love most but if I don't write copious notes about how I did something – I forget!

  5. Vicki in MN says:

    So very cute!!!

  6. This is wonderful Lorna. I have this pattern (remember I won it a few weeks ago?) and I cannot wait to get started on it as a Christmas gift.