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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About maggieandwalter

We are newly weds that have had quite the adventure. In a nutshell we have gotten engaged, married, and had our first baby all within this past year. Other than being a married couple and parents, we are also makers. The point of this blog is to show the world what we've been up to and how we're continuing to grow - as a couple and as artists.
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One Response to Bird Nest Quilt

  1. Sylvia says:

    Outstanding and remarkable! You are soooo creative, Maggie. Kudos!!

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