Here is my contribution to the festival. You might have already seen this 'vogeltjes quilt' before, I posted about it in 2007. But because I still get questions about this quilt I like to show it here again.
The quilt is inspired by work and books of Jean Ray Laury.
I love her drawings, so wonderful to use for applique.
I made this quilt in the late nineties, I just had followed an appliqué course when I found these lovely birds in one of J.R.Laury's books. I started of making one, and another, and one more. And before I knew I had a stash of funny apliqued birds blocks.
I made an appletree for the center. I draw the design for the tree myself. The fabrics I used for the triangles and the border are a replica from an old dutch chintz bought by Den Haan & Wagenmakers
Now I had all those lovely birds sewn around an appletree. I thought it would be perfect to complete the quilt with a beautiful border. I chose this drawing also from J.R. Laury's book als my starting point and went from there.
I did all sewing, applique and quilting by hand. It took my a few years to complete. In 2000 I finaly did. The quilt was a gift for our daughter. I made a cross-stitch label for the back.
Today the 'vogeltjes quilt' still hangs in her livingroom and is often used for