Sunday, December 29, 2013

Playing with Blocks: Birds in the Air

I was right! Last week I guessed that Bonnie Hunter might use Birds in the Air as the next unit for us to make in the Celtic Solstice Mystery Quilt, and when I opened up Clue #5 last Friday, there it was!

Unfortunately, this step uses those 100 extra Half Square Triangle units that we had to sew in clue #5... and which I never got around to sewing. So, a little extra cutting, and we get...

500 little pieces to make 100 Birds in the Air

So I sewed for a while (have you seen my tutorial on sewing Birds in the Air?), and while I don't have all 100 Birds finished yet, I do have enough sewn to start playing with blocks. Want to play along?

If a bird in hand is worth two in the bush, how much are sixteen birds worth?

Birds in the Air, like Log Cabin, is one of those really versatile blocks that can arranged in a variety of settings with some very different looks. Check our some of these:

Oops! I have one unit turned wrong in the Barn Raising setting. Can you spot it?

Now let's switch things up by mixing in some of the units we've been making for Celtic Solstice...

"You will stop taking photographs and start petting me and feeding me instead!"

With their vision more heavily weighted towards black & white, I wonder how cats really view our quilts?

And then there's...

Variations on the Railroad block
And finally, a little something with those chevron units...

Lagoon Rose and Aunt Sukey's Choice? Almost!

Do you ever play with your blocks? You're never too old, and it's never too late to start!

And, if you want to see other quilters playing with their blocks, check out the link up that Bonnie's provided for Celtic Solstice!

Happy sewing!


  1. Love the colors you have selected for Celtic Solstice. Your play is so much fun. Great blocks. You should make some extras for the back.

  2. Your play blocks are very interesting!

  3. Your colors are so vibrant! I like seeing all the block possibilities.