I started making birds way back at the end of 2007. I made more. Then I started selling them on eBay. Then Pokey Bolton asked me to submit an article and pattern for a Quilting Arts special magazine called Quilt Festival Quilt Scene. Then she asked me to tape a segment for Quilting Arts TV and show how they are made. Now, as part of the promotion for the TV show, Quilting Arts TV has published the pattern on their web site. You can print it out for free and make your own birds, if you want to. Just go here. It is in the 600 series, #610. You may have to register, but it is free.
Now, if you make a bird I'd love to see it! My friend Maggie Turner brought me a bird that she made "many years ago." Quite different from mine, but so whimsical and imaginative. I would name this "contemplative bird."
Here are a couple of my birds.The one on the right is the sample I made for the TV show, and is made from the pattern that was published. The one on the left is a new design, with the tail down and longer wings.
After the magazine came out I got emails from several people with links to birds they had made from my pattern. I love that even though it is the same pattern everyone puts their own spin on it and each bird has its own personality. Here are links to some of the offspring of my bird pattern:
- I love Candy's version of the wing
- Alexandra made one, then she made 11 more!
- Monica made a Christmas bird and then a black bird
- Suze's are bright and beautiful
P.S. That picture at the top is an ad image for the Alfred Hitchcock movie The Birds. I'm sure you are too young to remember it.