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Quilt “Bird Seed” by Tula Pink – sewing instruction and pattern

As mentioned in the previous articles, well-known personalities of the sewing world cooperated with BERNINA to create the BERNINA 7 series campaign artwork. Yo have already seen the wedding dress of Kazu Huggler and the summer dress of Mathias Ackermann.

In this article, we would like to provide you with a beautiful quilt instruction from famous US designer Tula Pink.

She has created a quilt for the BERNINA 770 QE campaign with fabrics from her moonshine collection. Have a look:

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Tula Pink transforms traditional craft and designs into modern art. Would you like to try this on your own? Learn how to create this beautiful quilt:

Sewing instruction “Bird Seed”  quilt by Tula Pink

BIRD SEED by Tula Pink for BERNINA Finished side: approx. 72″ x 78″

MATERIALS:

  • Geese and Seeds – 27 Print Fat Quarters from Tula Pink’s Moon Shine collection for Free Spirit Fabrics
  • Background – (5) 1 yard each in White, Cream, Pale Grey, Light Grey, Medium Grey Or 4 1/2 yards of a single solid background fabric
  • 6 yards – Sheer weight or ultra light weight fusible interfacing fusible on one side only, 20” wide •Binding – 5/8 yard
  • Backing – 6 3/4 yards
  • Batting – 80” x 90”
  • Coordinating Threads
  • Erasable marking tool

 

Download:

Quilt pattern with detailed instruction

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CUTTING:
From the print fat quarters cut:
(4) 5 x 10 rectangles, from 20 fat quarters
(3) 5 x 10 rectangles, from the remaining 7 fat quarters
(1) 7 1/4 x 7 1/4 square, from each fat quarter

From Background Fabrics cut a total of:
(102) 6 1/2 x 6 1/2 squares
(108) 3 7/8 x 3 7/8 squares
Draw a diagonal line on the back of each 3 7/8 square

From fusible interfacing:
On the Non-fusible side draw (102) template A seeds
Roughly cut out each seed leaving at least a 1/4 inch of interfacing around the drawn line this will be trimmed accurately after sewing.

MAKING THE FLYING GEESE:
NOTE: If you are using multiple background fabrics like the example quilt use the darkest background colors on the darkest print fabrics and the lightest background colors on the lightest print fabrics. This turns out best when you let them fall in an unexpected way.

1. Place two 3 7/8 x 3 7/8 on opposite corners on one 7 1/4 x 7 1/4 print square, right sides together. Line up the drawn diagonal line across the two 3 7/8 squares, one corner from each square will overlap.
2. Sew a scant 1/4 seam on both sides of the drawn line.
3. Cut on the drawn center line.
4. Press seams toward the background fabric.
5. Place one 3 7/8 square on the corner of one of the units created in step 4, right sides together.
6. Sew a scant 1/4 seam on both sides of the drawn line.
7. Cut on the drawn center line.
8. Press seams toward the background fabric.
9. Repeat steps 5 through 8 with the remaining unit created in step 4.
10. Steps 1 through 9 will yield 4 flying geese units.
11. Repeat steps 1 through 9 with the remaining print squares and smaller background squares to create a total of 108 Flying Geese units.

Making the “Seeds”

NOTE: This method of making “seeds” also called “peels” is a faux appliqué technique. While there is a bit more prep work it is overall much quicker to accomplish.

12. Place one fusible interfacing seed, fusible side down, on one print 5 x 10 square, right side up.
13. Sew ON the drawn seed line.
14. Trim away the excess fabric leaving 1/8 seam allowance.
15. Cut a small 2 inch slit in the center of the interfacing ONLY, be extra careful not to cut the fabric. Use a stiletto or tapered scissors.
16. Gently pull the fabric through the slit turning the entire seed right side out. Use a turning tool (I use a chop stick) to gently push out the points at the top and bottom of the seed and finger press the edges of the seed.
17. Repeat steps 12 through 16 until you have created a total of 102 seeds.
18. Place one seed on top of one background square fusible side down, center the seed leaving an even 1/4 seam allowance around the outside edge. To get the seed precisely in the middle of the background square fold the square in half diagonally and lightly press the fold to create a perfectly centered diagonal line across the square.
19. Press in place, flip and press from the back as well.
20. Top stitch the peel in place with a coordinating thread.
21. Repeat steps 18 through 20 to create a total of 102 seed squares. If you are using multiple background fabrics follow the same placement strategy as with the geese placing the darkest seeds on the darkest background fabrics and the lightest seeds on the lightest background fabrics.

Making the quilt top
NOTE: The cover quilt shows a gentle blending of one color to the next. Spend a little extra time laying out your seeds and geese before sewing the top together. It will make all the difference!

22. Lay out the seed squares and geese according to the Assembly diagram.
23. Sew across each of the thirteen rows first.
24. Then sew the rows together beginning at the top and ending at the bottom.
25. Layer the finished quilt top, batting and backing.
26. Quilt and bind using your preferred method.

 

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Comments of this post

  • Noelene

    Oh how gorgeous are those kittens, and the quilt stunning……our 15 year old cat Oliver owns all of the quilts in our home……Noelene

  • Linda Hnatt Chin

    Where is the pattern for the seeds?

  • Birthe Grautmann

    Dear Linda

    The pattern is above the first picture. Kind regards, Birthe Grautmann

  • Linda Hnatt Chin

    Found it.Thank you

  • VeteranMommy

    What skill level would you say this is?

  • Hello
    I think this quilt has a skill level for advanced sewer. For beginners the curves might be challenging. Regards, Birthe

  • Emberley Riddle

    I have a question about printing the template for the seeds. Adobe offers several options for printing. Should I print it ‘fit’ size or ‘actual’ size?

  • Hi Emberley

    Thank you for your question. Please print in “actual” size.

    Regards,
    Birthe