It is about 8" X 10". My inspiration came from the blossoms that fill my neighbourhood every March (the swap theme was "Spring Fling"....perfect!). I posted some blossom photos from a beach walk here and then used the close-ups for ideas on how to place the individual flowers on the branches, and how to do the flower centres. Luckily my Pfaff has a 9mm stitch that was perfect for representing the yellow stamens. All of the blossoms are free cut from the same pink print fabric and fused down with transweb.
The nest is a bunch of thread snippets and frayed linen fibre that I couched on with a free motion zigzag and then fluffed up a bit. The eggs were the hardest part. I made an oval shaped yoyo and stuffed it, but achieving smooth curves was impossible (and, you know, the deadline was looming!). I love quilting small pieces with embroidery floss: the green area is seed-stitched with 2 strands of DMC variegated green floss.
A binding just didn't look right, so I self-faced the quilt by sewing the quilt right sides together to a rectangle of the same fabric that's on the back. Then I carefully poked my scissors in & cut out a large oval from that rectangle (leaving at least 1" of fabric all around), flipped the works right side out, pressed the seam allowance to the back and needle-turn-appliqued the facing fabric to the back. Sorry I forgot to photograph the back to show you what I mean (once again, deadline!! no time for extra pictures!).
It arrived safely and Lisa wrote last night to say she loved it and it was on her wall already. Nice! She's still working on my quilt in return (and said I will laugh when I see it...hmmm I wonder if blossoms are coming my way, too?). That would be funny.
No hail yet today, the sun is shining, but it's blustery out there. Flynn's ears were flapping in the wind on our walk this morning.
Hope you're having a springy day!