It’s For the Birds

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today! Many of you may be visiting as part of the “It’s for the Birds” Blog Hop, organized by Madame Samm at Sew We Quilt, and our cheerleader, Mary at I Piece 2. Big thanks to both of them for their time and effort.

The theme for this hop, as the title suggests, is birds. I loved working with this theme. My project is a raw edge applique of the California State bird, the Quail. I love these sweet little birds. They nest and spend most of their time on the ground. We have a covey of them living at the top of the hill in our backyard. The babies scurry after their mother in a nice straight row, while the father sits on top of the fence, watching for predators. They are adorable.



This is my “Quail” block.



I am working on a quilt featuring birds, so I will be using this block in that quilt. If you would like to make your own quail block, you can download my applique drawing here – Quail PDF.

This is a paper-pieced block of a woodpecker that I made a couple of weeks ago.



And, where there are birds, there are feathers….


If you would like to make these blocks, the woodpecker pattern can be found here, and the feather pattern can be found here. I love to paper-piece and I really enjoyed making these blocks.

I hope you will consider following my blog. I try to offer helpful advice and links to interesting things. Those of you who become new followers have the chance to win this:


It is my embroidery pattern “Aviary.” It offers complete instructions for making the pillow, including how to sew in a zipper.

Be sure to visit the other fabulous blogs in this hop:

Tuesday, May 7
Wednesday, May 8
Thursday, May 9
Friday, May 10
Monday, May 13
Tuesday, May 14
Wednesday, May 15
Until next time,

42 thoughts on “It’s For the Birds”

  1. Ohhh Joan your birds would have certainly made the top 3 today…your quail is stunning..they all are in fact….glad you are here..

  2. Another Joan… There are so few of us! 🙂
    Wonderful birds. I do love your woodpecker. (Much more so on fabric, than the one tearing up my house) LOL!!

  3. Your quail is fabulous, thanks for sharing all of your beautiful projects. I am a fairly new follower via email.

  4. I love your quail! We have them around us and love to watch them run around with their little babies behind them.

  5. I like your birds. When my folks were on the farm Mom had a covey of quail living in the front yard. They are a great bird. Oh and I am one of your newest followers.

  6. Beautiful birds!! The woodpecker and feathers from the Forest QAL are lovely and the quail looks fabulous. We have two families of them in our yard and they are just now bringing their babies out. I love to watch the ever protective father watching over his family and chirping the whole time.

  7. I am already a follower:)
    Love all teh projects! Wow the woodpecker is awesome~!
    Great job!

  8. Rosemary Rivas

    Your CA Valley Quail is stunning and I’d love you have a copy of your sketch, via PDF, but the link is not working. We had those sweet little birds when I was a child-they loved the Eucalyptus tree in our back yard in San Francisco. I haven’t seen any of them since I went away to college, married and now have a place of my own. From the Bay Area, thanks for sharing.

  9. Joan, your quail is just precious. I actually got to see a pair of them crossing the road the other day. The male was all puffed up and he was counting this little female. I stopped the van and waited. You did a great job capturing the birds in each of your pieces. Thank You for sharing them with us.

    Sincerely ,

  10. P.S. just wanted to let you know that you have a new follower & look forward to seeing more of your work. Thank You for the chance to your great pattern.


  11. Love your Quail! being another CA girl, there are lots of them in my yard. Your Woodpecker is sweet. Thanks for sharing.

  12. I love your quail – such pretty birds! I used to keep Japanese quail years ago!
    Thanks for the quail pattern. I already follow you via email!

  13. Beulah @ Sowing Stitches

    You’ve inspired me…my #1 goal for the summer is to master paper piecing!

  14. I am new to your blog and will be following now. Would lov eto have the qual pdf. Love your bird projects. Theya ll all fabuous …Love that paper pieceing. conn_and_vans_mom(at)yahoo(dot)com

  15. Your quail block looks just like the real one you showed. This is going to be an amazing quilt!

    Thank you for including the links. I would love to have the paper pieced pattern for the quail. Appreciate your sharing it. my email should show on your end. I am an email follower.

  16. Your blocks are stunning. I love your embroidery block, also. I had to become a follower. I am hard pressed to pick a favorite. Well, I don’t have to pick a favorite – thankfully. They are all gorgeous. I like the addition of the feathers, also. That is a very nice touch. I like the quail block with the embroidery touch. The paper pieced woodpecker is wonderful. Thank you very much for participating and being a great inspiration. I hope to see you in more hops very soon.

  17. Oh your block are wonderful and thank you so much for the pattern…I am a follower of yours.

  18. I love your quail and would love the pattern. I too live in California. Your woodpecker is fantastic too. I can almost see him move.

  19. Love the birds. Thanks for sharing them with use. I think i will cpming to make the feathers one day. Thanks for the pattern.

  20. Love your quails. Would love your pattern.
    Thanks for the link for the woodpecker and feathers.
    Your projects were all wonderful. Thanks for sharing and the chance to win.
    I follow by email.

  21. I love the quail and your arbiary pattern, I follow you on pinterest now.

    smjohns63 at yahoo dot com

  22. Great birds. But I don’t like having to jump thru all these hoops to leave a comment. You do awesome work and I am really impressed with your paper piecing. Keep up the good work!

  23. HI!!! Wow!!! Wow!!! Wow!!! They are all wonderful!!! Your quail looks just like the picture!!!! Awesome!!!! Love the woodpecker and the stitchery too!!!!

  24. Sandra Davidson

    Love the quail and the woodpecker what a beautiful quilt that will be. Your work is very beautiful,thanks for sharing

  25. You did a wonderful job with the woodpecker, I have that paper pieced project saved but I am to chicken to try, Love the feathers and quail too!

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