Friday, October 29, 2010

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Santa Domingo Birds

I made this quilt in 2006 and it remains one of my favorites.  I love how the birds look super modern and hip, but the designs came from traditional pottery patterns from Santa Domingo.  At the time, we were spending a lot of our vacation time in New Mexico and I had started to collect pottery from each Pueblo.  I found the birds particularly appealing.  At a gift shop on our travels, I picked up a Dover Clip Art book of Native American designs that included these groovy birds.  I printed the birds out on 8.5x11 paper and  used them as patterns for back basting, needle turn applique.  It was hand quilted and has cotton batting.


Amy's Creative Side - Blogger's Quilt Festival

41 comments:

Cecily said...

Oh my gosh, Marjorie, I can't believe how fine the detail is in that applique work! Amazing. The whole quilt is really beautiful!

beth said...

great quilt! I'm glad you shared how you made it too. thanks.

Roolen said...

Very pretty quilt! Thanks for sharing!

upstateLisa said...

wonderful work! I love black and white!

Eileen said...

fantastic quilt...so very dramatic with the contrast and those birds are just wonderful!! thanks so much for sharing and have a great day

WendyLou said...

Fantastic!!! So creative and wonderful!!!

Michelle said...

Those birds are NEAT!

MARIKA said...

Very beautiful QUILT is work!

Rachaeldaisy said...

This is such a fun quilt. I like the way the birds have so much movement, like they're hopping about. I always admire applique because I'm not very good at it so I know I tricky it can be.

BJ said...

Beautiful work. Beautiful quilt. Thanks for sharing.

AnnieO said...

The birds are magical floating in that white background! How clever of you to turn clip art into quilt art. Thanks for sharing your quilt's story :)

Sandra said...

Wow, Love the birds. Very graphic with great details. You did an excellent job creating them in fabric.
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Sandra

Quilting in My Pyjamas said...

This is such a unique quilt but with such funky style. I really love it.

It looks fab in black and white too!

Chris said...

Incredible applique!

Rene' said...

This is truly fabulous!! Love it. Thanks for sharing!

Carol said...

This is definitely a stand out in the crowd quilt. Love it.

QUILT ROUTES said...

I just had to comment on how the thumbnail of your quilt really stands out from the crowd over at the Blogger Festival.
I knew it was yours immediately.
A great, unique quilt.
Deborah

baukje said...

Wow, gorgeous. Love the birds and the total result.


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AllisonK said...

I adore how this quilt came about! Great quilt.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

What a smashing quilt Marjorie! And it is so unique - I love it! Thanks for sharing.

Miri said...

Gorgeous!

Marit said...

Your applique is beautiful! Those birds have a lot of personality, and make a very fun quilt!
; )

Lynne said...

This is an amazing quilt - those birds are fabulous.

elsie123 said...

I love the simplicity of the birds against the white background, and it's so unique. Wonderful quilt.

Angie said...

This is a clever way to print a block from clip art! Very fun!!

Barb in Mi said...

Love your quilt! And you are right: the birds look modern and 'old' at the same time!

Kit Lang said...

I LOVE, love LOVE this quilt! When I saw your pic in the linkys I was really excited to get here, and I'm so glad it was worth the wait!!! (I even clicked on yours although I'd set a time limit because I have to get ready for work - but it was the next one!)

Anyway - have a great day and thanks for sharing!

Katie said...

Those birds are great! Such a unique use of the designs and needle turn applique to boot. Fantastic!

Julie Fukuda said...

Got a lot of motion on that quilt!
How great to find such a variety if bird designs.
Thanks for exhibiting.

Karen said...

The designs on your quilt are wonderful. The quilt looks great. Beautiful work with the applique.

Carla said...

Wonderful representation!

nima said...

wow..beautiful quilt...i love it

quilthexle said...

Thanks for sharing this one! It is a unique piece, and I love that you used Clip Art as the starting point. And the color scheme is fantastic! You know ;-))) I love bright colors - but this quilt has a visual impact it would not have when all the birds would be bright colored.

Angela Flicker said...

This is a GREAT piece! I too love applique. The simplicity of the black on the white really makes the detail in the applique shine. It just gorgeous!

schmidt1016 said...

Just wonderful!

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Ethne said...

Just wonderful - I'm looking for a 'modern' different applique project and love this idea

Sooz said...

Wow. Stunning. You might just inspire me to venture into applique... Best to you.

P. said...

This is so stunning! I just love the bird appliques. You're right, it looks modern although the designs are traditional. Fabulous!

Lynne said...

OK sos when I rushed from quilt to quilt, I didn't realise that this was yours - it is so amazing and fabulous - I'd be so "chuffed" if this were mine...!

Vicki @ DottyJane said...

Wonderful applique! I love the black and white. Thanks for sharing it!

Vicki said...

very beautiful birdy quilt!