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first romance (and new patterns) are finally here!

I found out yesterday that bolts and bolts of my fabric collection have left the Moda warehouse and are on their way to a quilt shop near you!  It was just over a year ago that I started working with Moda so this day has been a long time coming.  I simply could NOT be a happier camper. :)

And I have a few more new patterns to inspire you.

These three patterns all started from the same kernel of inspiration.  Way back when I was doing the Farmer's Wife QAL (doesn't that seem like a lifetime ago?) there were a few blocks that kind of got stuck in my head.  One of those blocks was called Flock of Birds. I probably only remember it because - as you may remember - my sister is an avid birder so all things bird-ish remind me of her.

When I started thinking about patterns to design for you with First Romance, that bird block fluttered to mind. Then I started thinking about that massive swarming of birds - like the kind you see on a documentary about Planet Earth or something ... you know what I mean.  So I began messing around with the traditional block and that idea.  And this is what I came up with!

Now don't be deceived by the seemingly haphazard arrangement of the birds.  Look carefully and you'll see that there is a pattern - smaller groups of birds are flying in the same direction.  And the directions change gently to swirl around the quilt. :)

I sought my sisters help to name this pattern and she said that swarming flock motion is called "murmuration".  Hmmm.  Although fascinating, and technically correct, it didn't grab me as name for a quilt.  Then she suggested that murmuration is most often associated with Starlings.  OK!  I can definitely work with that! :)

The mini quilt is pretty self explanatory - just a handful or birds on a blue sky.

A dear friend who made this mini quilt for me calls it "Tiffany Blue". :)

And them I love this Lovebird tote.  Just one white bird on a field of either scraps or blue (or whatever you like, really).  I couldn't resist appliqueing a heart from one of the prints in the beak (you could totally use a button instead, or omit it altogether) and then I slipped the quote from the selvage "i heart you" next to the heart.

Links to these PDF patterns are just to the right here.  Hope you like them!

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Reader Comments (7)

Beautiful Beautiful projects! Thanks for Your inspiration !
October 8, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterLINDA
Gorgeous projects. I love that you have used a block so innovatively.
October 8, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterKaren
Absolutely gorgeous fabric and I love, love the bird quilt pattern - both big and mini! Can't wait to purchase your new fabric too! You are soooo talented and thanks for sharing! Congrats on your success!
October 8, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSusan R.
Gorgeous pattern of Starlings!
October 8, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterFonda Rush
You had me at Tiffany blue. Really love the mini. Thanks.
October 8, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRobin
I love First Romance. I ordered this collection for my shop in Germany and cannot wait to receive! Although I think it will probably arrive a little later over here.
October 9, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDuni
I love two color quilts and I live this aqua color. Pretty, pretty, and pretty!
October 11, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSharrie

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