With Valentine's Day coming up soon, I thought I would share a sweet pillow project with you all. I am calling it "Love Birds" and it uses a free quilt block!
I originally made a bird quilt a couple years ago as part of a group quilting project (see photo at the end of this post). And I fell in love with these quirky little birds. I have plans for a holiday bird quilt, but I thought it would be sweet for Valentine's Day, too.
You'll need to get the measurements for the block from the Block Lotto website here.
For this 12" x 24" rectangular pillow, you will need four birds. Two right-facing and two left-facing. Follow the directions for making the 6.5" x 9.5" bird blocks at the Block Lotto website.
I did take a few photos of my block parts as I was sewing up my pillow.
The bird body is pretty easy and there is a bit of improv so that makes them each slightly unique!
You'll add the 3.5" x 6.5" background rectangles to the top of the right-facing birds and the bottom of the left-facing birds so that they will be staggered a bit on the front of the pillow.
Add a 2" x 24.5" background to the top and bottom of the four joined blocks to make the pillow front. Quilt and finish with a zipper or envelope backing as desired.
If you're interested in a kit for this project, we have some available in the fabrics shown (from Country Rose by Lella Boutique). We used four pink F16, 1 brown F16, a half yard for background, and a half yard for the backing.
Kits are available here while supplies last.
As promised, here is the bird quilt that started my obsession with these little feathered friends.
Hope you get a chance to make a few birds ... I bet you can't make just one!