Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Fanciful Stitches: Bird House

One of my hobbies is to collect bird houses for my garden. So far no one has actually lived in one of my bird houses. (Well there was that family of squirrels, but they don't count.) But, if a bird were to move into my birdhouse, she would be a Yellow Bellied Leaf Hopper. You can find her and her house in my new book, Fanciful Stitches, Colorful Quilts.
Here's what my bird house collection looks like now. No wonder no one lives there!
Fortunately, the Yellow Bellied Leaf Hopper is very adventuresome and has an eye for a fine looking abode. She is also a fancy dresser. See the lovely French Knots on her wing and Pistol Stitch hairdo. That Outline Stitch really sets her apart. Must be the stitch instructions in Fanciful Stitches that makes her attire so fetching. Ah, to be a Yellow Bellied Leaf Hopper!
If you are feeling fetching and would like to win a Fist Full of Thread! to stitch your bird, please leave a comment here today. Tomorrow I'll announce the winner so please stay tuned!

71 comments:

Carol said...

This is sure a cute quilt!
I think your birhouses are too low! ~lol~
I collect them too.

Beth from Maine said...

I just received my fist full of thread and I can tell you that they are glorious. What a nice selection. I also really like your pistol stitch. Definitely adds to her charm. Thank you Laura for the threads!!

Quiltbug said...

I own one paretty little birdhouse that was a gift. It's too delicate to hang outside so it sits in my sewing room. It used to have a fake bird on the perch but she got lost. It has a copper roof and is gradually getting a nice patina that would be wasted on a real bird. I'd love some thread to finish my blue trees.

Helle said...

Cute little birdhouse for a pretty Polly!! Gorgeous leaves too!! Thanks for the chance! Greetings from Seoul.

Edith Bieri said...

Laura, I like your real bird house collection and wouldn't mind to win the fist full of thread.

Gene Black said...
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Gene Black said...

The leaf hopper is a very attractive bird. I don't think we have those in Alabama yet though. Perhaps I could persuade one to live here.

As Carol said, your birdhouses are too low. They are also too close together. Birds don't like apartments -they prefer a detached house.

SewLindaAnn said...

Such a cute, fun piece of work! I'd love to win some threads.

Maggie Szafranski said...

A rare sighting of the Yellow Bellied Leaf Hopper! She must have only the finest of abodes!

Terry said...

What fun colors in your bird house quilt! Your work is so fun and interesting to see.

gill said...

I love this!
Is a yellow bellied leaf hopper a real bird? I do hope so!!

Helen said...

I think of Spring when I see all your wonderful Happy Birds. Love your color choices!!!!

Wendy said...

Yep, still lovin' all the houses from your book! Can't wait for it to come out.
Thank you for the chance to win some of your lucious thread Laura!
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EKRLM said...

Your bird house collection reminds me of a grand victorian house where it was added on and added on and added on. :-)

And, your quilts are so fun, they make me smile.
Ellen
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Nancy said...

Love the natural curl provided by the pistol stitch! Colorful and lively little quilt.

Jean said...

Your threads are so gorgeous!

Barbara said...

and another Tuesday rolls around - where does time fly to ?

Love the randomness of the leaves - great motion there

Thanks, dear lady, for one more chance to have some of your luscious thread

PuebloMom said...

I think this one is my favorite so far. I love bird houses. My kids and I are going to build bird houses this spring and put them in the trees. Hopefully we get some visitors.

WoolenSails said...

Very fun piece and love all the leaves, great practice piece for stitching.

Debbie

FryeStyle said...

I love the bird's hairdo. Perfect.

And your collection of birdhouses in the garden looks like art...sculptural assemblage.

YankeeQuilter said...

Wouldn't my cats be happy if I put my birdhouses on the low fence like yours! (bad cats!)

Carol Kamin said...

I love birdhouses too, but not as much as your thread!

sandy said...

I wish the yellow-bellied leaf hopper lived in my area!

Sandy in CA

JoanDeArc said...

Your quilt and threads are quite fetching!

Jane said...

DH likes to make bird houses for the back yard, but we do not have as many as you. Ours are lived in, though!
Still hoping for a fist-full of fibers!
Jane

Leslie McNeil of MarveLes Art Studios said...

I love your birdhouse collection... and that bird is 'chirp-chirp--charming' -- You've made waiting for my book...almost...unbearable!!!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I love your bird house collection. I think bird houses reflect a welcome to the little critters, even if they don't use them. We were at Hobby Lobby the other day and they had a wonderful new selection of bird houses.

Lynn said...

Visiting in NYC and it is snowing...your bird and his home cheered me up this morning. Thanks! Would love to win a fist-full of fibers!!

Musicmaker said...

you need to paint the bird houses as brightly as you quilt them, then the birds will flock!

Marcia W. said...

This is so pretty. My mother collects bird houses and when showed her the photo, she loved it! She is very selective about what she says she loves, so the bird house is a sure winner! Please enter me into the drawing for a fistfull of thread. I really liked the birdie that your guest winner created. Thanks for the inspiration.

Michigoose said...

Lol! You're not the only one who has un-inhabited birdhouses in the garden. I have one which a male wren tried his darndest to get a lady friend to take up residence....and she demurred. I think the star shaped opening threw her off...Another is a bird bottle....Birdbottles are supposed to be inhabited if by no one else, then starlings and sparrows...yet mine has been empty for three years. At least it's electric blue!

Jane Moxey said...

You know how much of a fan I am of you and your work! I too am looking forward to the appearance of your new book in our local quilt shop! I hope my number comes up this time for the fist full of threads!

Laura Bradley said...

Is it too late?!! If not I might as well give it a try. Thanks! Laura Bradley

Diana Louie, The Village Fabric Shoppe said...

I can't wait to get my hands on your book. This week's project is so cute, the hardest part is going to be deciding which project to make first!!

Kathleen GP said...

I hope everyone knows the quilts can be clicked on twice for a nice close-up of your work.

Laura, you must sew ALL THE TIME to turn out this volume of art!

Do you use a hoop, or hold the piece on a table, or your lap? With all the time spent on your site, pretty sure I've ever seen this mentioned.

Thanks for another fun Tuesday, and anticipation of perhaps winning the fistful of threads!

MN Minder said...

you are too modest, you do have an inhabitant in one of your birdhouses, the yellow bellied leaf hopper!

Carole said...

Love your little quilt.... your birdhouses look my studio!
Love the new threads.. arrived right on time.

Jenice said...

I love the leaves on this quilt and the weaving on the doors.

Carolyn in Kerrville, TX said...

Not only is her attire fetching, I love her "do." Very fun as always.

Lisa said...

I love birdhouses. :D

Dotti said...

I have two birdhouses on every single tree...I have lots of trees. It's such fun to watch the birds...especially during the nest building process. I lay a lot of fibers on the ground just to see which house they end up in!

Gerrie said...

There is a new TV show about Portland called Portlandia. There was a joke in the first episode ab out Portland artists and put a bird on it.

Jan in AZ said...

I love these colorful little birdhouses - when I lived in Arizona, color was around all year. Now that I'm in the midwest with long, gray days, extra color is always needed and appreciated!

judi said...

Love the Yellow Bellied Leaf Hopper's Pistol Stitch hairdo!
<3 judi
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taiqi said...

You can tell everyone is hoping for an early Spring--birdhouses!!!! Wonderful and bright. Hope you get some birds in your real ones in the Spring Janet Wright, Friday Harbor Wa

Debbie said...

The little birdie looks lost among all those colorful leaves! :) Still trying to win a Fist Full of Thread, Laura!

Marybeth said...

Love the art piece and love the little village of bird houses. Many more and you can charge property tax. Marybeth

mad elena said...

What yellow bellied leaf hopper wouldn't want to live in your birdhouse? Adorable!

Suzanne said...

Too darn cute! Love the hairdo!!

Jane Jeffress Thomas said...

I'm feeling fetching. Maybe I will win a handful of those gorgeous threads!

K. Pelletier said...

Your quilts are so happy! I love the leaf hopper.
I love bird houses too. I did have one room decorated with bird houses but no room in this house. I have it all packed away. Can't seem to get rid of it.
Karen

WandaM said...

I love your yellow bellied leaf hopper! I can't wait for spring to be here. Thanks for a peak into it!

Sherrie said...

Hey Laura! I am working on a project now and could really use some of your beautiful threads to spice it up!! Thanks for a chance to win some.

Gayle from MI said...

This is my favorite one so far! Still can't wait to get my book.

Sheila said...

Such a cute little bird and birdhouse. I just love autumn leaves. Would sure love to win your fistful of thread. :)

Jill said...

I love your birdhouse quilt and your collection. They are really cute.

Zizophora said...

This is my new favorite quilt so far! I love the colors and the stitching and all the leaves! At least you had squirrels move in. My birdhouses are most often occupied by spiders. I wouldn't want to live in them either now!

dollie said...

Love your Bird House Quilt. Would love those threads!

susan said...

Love your Yellow bellied leaf hopper! Makes me wish I could hop just like her! I'm so looking forward to your book being released! Love your creativity....my anticipation grows!
Love your threads and fabrics!

PS my security word for this post is "inest!" I think they like the yellow bellied leaf hopper as well!

Momgunter said...

Brightened my day and gave me an idea for our "new" bathroom. We're remodeling and I'm seriously considering a bird/house theme.

Suztats said...

Oh, that is so cute! And I'd love to win some gorgeous threads! Thank you for the opportunity.

Cobi said...

such an adorable quilt. I love bird houses but don't have a garden. I'd love to win your gorgeous thread. but so do many others. you are very generous, giving it away each week. thank you.

Mary Andrews said...

Love the birdhouse and the ones in your backyard.

Mary

Jennifer said...

Another great quilt - hope you get some real birdies in your houses this spring.

Marilyn said...

I would love to stitch a birdhouse with your threads !!!! ;-). tweet. tweet

Jackie said...

Okay, I think this is my week! Regardless, love reading your blog.

Deborah said...

Love the inspiration!

Ruth B said...

I love fabric birds! There are no limitations on color and pattern and they brighten up any quilt. Cute!

Diane said...

That is the cutest bird ever.

TJM wanna be quilt artist said...

Loving the birdhouse...also the fact that I am signed up for class with you in NJ :-)

Fuller Belser said...

this are some very beatiful fabrick design and quilts