Wednesday, February 20, 2019

2/20/19 - My STOP!!! - Show Your Wings Blog Hop

Welcome to my stop on the Show Your Wings Blog Hop!!  It is being hosted by Carol at Just Let Me Quilt.  When I signed up, I had an idea about what I'd like to make.  It's a new version on an original design from a number of years ago.

In lieu of jumping right to a NEW project, I have decided to share a couple of older projects that seemed to fit the theme.

Some of you may have seen these before, but I know that MOST of you have not.  (They are THAT old!!)


This is my original design, made for a Mug Rug Swap on Ravelry:

DS1's response upon seeing this one was "You can't give this mug rug away!  I want it!"  Below, I give you Sixteen Winters - named in honor of my then sixteen-year-old son:


The center panel was layered with acrylic paint in a Bee Workshop, using a commercial stencil:

The darling circle fabric was sent to me by a sweet blogger friend.

Lastly, something NEW...

I free-cut a little Gold Finch (February's Color of The Month is YELLOW for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge ) for a new tree scene and tested him out on the older quilt by placing him right over the Cardinal to see how Mr. Finch would look on his chilly branch:

He definitely didn't fit in the winter scene!  Fortunately, I was able to find time for making a new habitat for Mr. Finch.  I was SERIOUSLY beginning to wonder if I would!  :o)) 

Unfortunately, we will have to deal with the glory of evening photography.  :o((


Choosing fabrics and a potential layout was my next step:

Then the stitching began...

First, with the hill and some free-motion zigzag:

Here, if you look around the machine head, you can see how I added the tree top and quilted it on:

The bird flew in, looking to find a perch next:

After that (and the sky quilting) I added some flowers in the foreground to give the quilt a bit of whimsy:

More quilting was needed in the sky area, as well as on the hillside:

It's an odd angle, for sure, but it's one of my favorite photos because it gives you a better look at the "grass" that I quilted into the top of the hill and a nice close-up of the flowers:

I opted to apply a bit of Steam-a-Seam Lite 2 to hold down the bird.  Foregoing any quilting on it for the time being:

Raw-edge applique and a raw-edge finish, as I couldn't decide on an appropriate binding fabric:

The perspective on the Quilting Arts shot below (my quilt's not really on the cover!) makes me wonder if the entire piece should be cut down a bit:

I'll decide that another day.  In the meantime, I hope YOU enjoyed seeing my quilt On the Wings of Summer take shape.  I've got a couple more quilts to share.  Please, read on!

But, WAIT!!  Another take on the Show Your Wings theme...

Flying to the Candy Dish, original design:

Butterflies in 3D, original design:

Three butterflies and one dragonfly pop right off the face of the quilt!  (See what I mean in THIS post.)  It was a fun experiment and, at the time I first posted it, several people were asking if I had kits available for sale.  I felt honored to be asked such a question!

I'm guessing that many of you hadn't seen these older pieces.  That's why I decided to share them for the Show Your Wings Blog Hop.  I felt that they totally fit the theme.

Here is the list of participating bloggers:

February 18

February 19

February 20

The Joyful Quilter - You are HERE!!

February 21

You won't want to miss a single post.
Creativity and imagination are in the air!
  Thanks, again, for hosting, Carol.

Linking up with Cynthia for Oh Scrap!

Until next time...
Let your quilting take flight!!!


  1. Great designs and i am happy to catch up with your older work since i just found your blog recently via rsc2019.

  2. So many wonderful pieces! I love that your son wanted to keep the mug rug. :)

  3. A beautiful little quilt. Next time you'll be on the cover of Quilting Arts.

  4. Thanks for bringing back your past winged successes. They are, each and every one, lovely. I really appreciated the step by step of how you came up with your latest bird in the tree design.

  5. With winter lingering on I love your spring scene with the flowers. Thanks for sharing! MelvaLovesScraps(at)NolanQualityCustoms(dot)com

  6. Great projects. I love the little birdie! Enjoy your day! :-) :-) angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

  7. So cute. But wait, I love Flying to the candy dish. :)

  8. Thank you for sharing your wings. They are all lovely projects. My son would do the same to me. quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

  9. So many beautiful wing projects! I love the little yellow bird on both pieces...very sweet. Thanks for sharing the new and the old, plus all the details you added in the quilting. I'm so glad you hopped with us!

  10. Awesome projects--both old and new. I especially love the last one. Thank you for sharing today.

  11. All are so pretty. I love the tree and flowers also. You make it come to life!

  12. I thought Ravelry was just for knitting and other yarn crafts. Didn't know they did quilts like mug rug swaps. At least I have never seen anything like that in all the years I have been a Ravelry member. I must check that out. Anyhow what a cute mug rug!

  13. Good Morning! I enjoyed each and every piece you shared. I was getting worried for that little finch . . . I'm so glad you found a good home for him. And I really love the quilt and name Sixteen Winters. How cool that he wanted the mug rug. I love that! ~smile~ Roseanne

  14. Wonderful projects. I am so glad Mr. Finch got his own habitat. He looks right at home. Thanks for sharing.

  15. Love looking at the photos thru and seeing your thought process. While you think your not a cover girl...I am choosing to not have read the entire thing, and in my mind you are. And you rocked it! ;-)

  16. Love all your colorful wings, especially how you made a summery quilt for Mr Finch. Thank you for sharing in the hop ... :-) Pat

  17. Sew fun! I love how you created the new habitat and walked us through it! Isn't it fun when the kiddo's decide stuff is not leaving the house! Those original design flying geese.... love it on the black.

  18. I really like your projects, Joy - I think you're started on a series of Birds in Trees! Next we need Summer and Fall!

  19. Thank You for Hopping and sharing your Wings.

  20. Cute wings and that little yellow bird is so happy to have a home now.

  21. Your wings are all so pretty. That little fleck of yellow is hope that spring will soon be here.

  22. How sweet that your son loved the mug rug that much :) I love how you recycled and extended the idea. Thanks for sharing all your projects today.

  23. Great projects! Thanks for sharing all of them!

  24. I love the photo that makes it look like your little piece is on the cover! That *could* have happened! :)

  25. You've covered every interpretation of "wings" there can be. Love all the wings - especially the little yellow bird.

  26. The yellow finches turn brown in the winter that is why it looked so different. Love the butterflies and your original work is enjoyable to view.

  27. All of your wings quilts are beautiful, and I like your latest yellow bird the best. Loved seeing it on the cover of Quilting Arts! I'm going to have to get my quilts a magazine cover for sure!

  28. Wonderful finishes, and I am sure the little yellow bird is very happy with his new home.


  29. Wow lots of wings projects. Your little gold finch is cute, and love your creativity.

  30. Wonderful wings......just adorable...all of them

  31. You've got several great sets of wings there. Love your new creation. Very pretty.

  32. Thank you for sharing all your wings!! You have some very lovely projects. I really like that mini with the acrylic painted center! Beautiful. That is a project I would like to learn to make! And thanks for sharing your process for your newest winged creation! Love it!

  33. Such darling projects. The last butterfly one is my favorite. Your machine looks a lot like one of mine. What machine is it?

  34. Such lovely projects. Thanks so much for sharing.

  35. Look at you fly!
    I'm glad you found a warmer home for your little goldfinch! That winter scene was making him (and me) shiver!

  36. Very, very cute, Mr. Finch! Perfect placing. I like the quilting. I haven't got in to art quilts much (yet). I will live through yours for now. Thanks, bloggy friend!


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