Bird Nest Quilt

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This quilt was made for our daughter, Sierra-Ruth to go in her gorgeous cardinal crib, her Papa made for her. Sadly, it took me well into the year and a half mark to complete it, so we were never able to use it they way it was made to function.

It is a sleep sack for a newborn. Generally, new babies are swaddled into little burritos and laid on their backs to go to sleep… gosh how I miss those fleeting moments, she grew into a toddler so quickly. Because our little bird was due in February, I thought that I would have this little sleep sack all prepared for her arrival so that she could be nestled in during that winter month.

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The egg quilt is pieced to resemble the color and texture of a cardinal egg. For all of you who don’t know, they lay very light blue eggs that have a variation of speckled flecks. The piecing was done in the style of the log cabin, patterned and quilted as a brick. The bottom quilt is a more abstract take on the colors of a cardinal nest creating the shape and texture with the outlining of the quilt and also the texture of the quilting, itself.

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It was assembled as two separate quilts and attached with pearl-topped snaps. For my readers who are parents, you know all about the function of snaps 😉 They are easy to put together and take a part and are also very sturdy and reliable as to keep the little burrito snug. There is also a snap in the very center of the egg to snap the top down so that the baby’s face would not be covered.

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Last but not least, the nest’s quilting…

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I really enjoy free motion quilting and have a tendency to incorporate wording into almost all of my work. That being said, my thoughts were to choose a timeless and incredibly meaningful quote that my little bird(s) would be able to relate to for the years to come:

“Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young – a place near your altar, O Lord Almighty, my King and my God.” Psalm 84:3

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Because the quilt is not currently in use, I have sewn some small loops onto the back and made it into a wall hanging… for now.

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Materials:

All of the fabrics used in this quilt are cotton, although they differ in their weave.

The quilt batting was all bamboo for easy breathe-ability.

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here it is folks… the crib

My husband has finished the crib, and Sierra-Ruth has slept in her bed two nights in a row now. Walter crafted the crib out of leopard wood (aka lace wood) and the piano hinges are made of solid brass with the closure being cast iron. We are still waiting for a few more pieces of hardware for the doors, but they are on back order until May. Walter and our good friend Rob moved the beautiful bed into her room Saturday. Please take a look and feel free to ask any questions/leave comments! We love the feedback!

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the theme is “birds”

I needed to introduce baby girl (in the prior post), because she is definitely the source of our inspiration for the projects that I will be writing about for a while.

Walter and I decided that we should make a phenomenal nursery for our little one. All of our ideas and creations are revolving around birds. The crib will soon be up on the blog, but for now, these are the wall decorations I have made. They are non-functional quilts in the shape of birds – blue jay, female cardinal, and the great kiskadee. Once the nursery is completely put together, you will see them on the walls. 🙂

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Sierra-Ruth Harper

On February 21, 2011, 12:38 pm, this beautiful little piece of heaven was sent to us. She was born at 7 lbs 1.5 oz and 21 inches long with blond hair and deep blue eyes. We can’t be more proud to call her our own.

We love you, Sierra-Ruth.

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my husband smokes a pipe… and makes them.

My husband, Walter, is an incredible maker of all things. Some of those things are pipes. He has now made one for each of his brothers (as wedding gifts) and two for himself. The buffalo pipe inlaid with the buffalo nickels is his and the locomotive was given to his brother, Martin. The numbers engraved “12211” is the date Martin married his Elizabeth. On the bottom is a little note to Martin as a new husband. Enjoy!

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