My New Zealand Birds quilt top is finished, so that’s a big smile from me. Mind you, it’s quite small, but even so, a small finish is still rather pleasing. I’ve been carefully machine blanket stitching around each of these little birds during the week. Then today I assembled the rows using a leafy green fabric.
The top row is the fantail (piwakawaka), followed by the tui, known as the parson bird by the early settlers because of the white feathers at the throat. Row number three features the stitchbird (hihi), a rare honeyeater now only found in bird sanctuaries. Followed by the intelligent and inquisitive kea, the world’s only alpine parrot.
In true “use it up” style, I’ve pieced the backing, and stitched two pieces of batting together to give me the correct size. My little quilt is now layered and pinned, all ready to quilt. It’s been a busy week socially with a coffee morning, and a ladies lunch later in the week, so I’m really pleased with what I have achieved so far.
Pinned up ready to quilt