Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Pickle Bird

Pickle Bird was my entry for this years QuiltCon fabric challenge. 

The design for Pickle Bird evolved in a improvisational process when playing around with half-rectangle triangles and drunkard path blocks with an initial intent of creating a version of a pickle block. When the final layout looked like a group of tropical birds sitting around chatting with each other somewhere on an island paradise (once you see it you can’t un-see it!), the name Pickle Bird was born.

The quilting is a combination of walking foot and big stitch quilting using a series of cardboard templates to mark the curve quilting lines.

I tried something new this year for capturing quilt photos and it worked really well. I hung a white table cloth from my quilting rack and then pined the quilt to the table cloth. Duck tape was used to get the table cloth reasonably taut and the setup meant I didn't need to worry about the background.

Creating a quilt with the fabric challenge fabrics is something I look forward to every year! Sadly, Pickle Bird won't be hanging at QuiltCon 2024 - 3 of my other quilts will though! - so I'm glad I snapped a photo of me in during my 'front yard' quilt show.

Have a wonderful day! Patty


  1. I love that the inspiration behind the quilt started with improvisational play and turned into something so precise and structured. And I could see the birds right away! Great photography setup. I'm glad I'll be able to see 3 of your other quilts at QuiltCon.

  2. Ack! So, so sorry "Pickle Bird" wasn't accepted! It's such a unique design, and lovely to look at. Your hand-quilting is so-o good! Thanks for the tip about how you photograph QC entries. When taking outdoor pics, I've always hung my quilts from the rod. Didn't think to give the quilt a white background. Good idea. Congratulations on having THREE quilts accepted! Wowsa! That's fabulous!

  3. This is a great quilt. I love how you managed to get photos. Great idea! I had a vision for a quilt, but sadly I didn't get a chance to get it done. But I am going to eventually make it.


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