Monday, April 30, 2018

Blackbird Village

two Blackbird Village panels
by Kathy Schmitz - Moda Fabrics
These two panels with coordinating fabrics were purchased at a quilt show in Lander, WY about three/four years ago. I placed this project on my UFO Challenge list, and April was the assigned month for working on this project.

I initially thought the birds were crows, but they are blackbirds, and the Moda fabric line is called Blackbird Village. My thought was originally to cut the panel blocks apart, and after doing a lot of searching for ideas, I decided to come up with my own plan.

rough sketch of my "plan" for the panel
The panel blocks would be framed to finish at 12 inches, so I searched for some fun 12 inch block patterns to sew from the coordinating fabrics.
some quarter triangle blocks ready to sew together -
the black and tan fabrics were not included in the fabric
bundle I purchased with the panels
quilt in progress
Little by little the 12 inch blocks were made and placed on the design wall around the blocks trimmed from the panel. I didn't frame the panel blocks until all of the accompanying blocks were finished.

more blocks added to the wall - some would be
changed before the rows were sewn together
Once all the accompanying blocks were made, I framed the panel blocks with 1.5 inch black strips and squared the blocks to 12.5 inches - the same size as the accompanying blocks.

the center of Blackbird Village is finished - an outer border needs to be added
All the blocks were sewn together to create the center of the quilt. I added a 2 inch black frame around the assembled rows. I didn't have any fabric for the outer border, so I ordered 2 yards.

Blackbird Village may not be completed in April, but it will not take long to add the outer border when the fabric arrives.


  1. OH. MY. Gosh. I love, love this!! These are my colors. What a great layout you have created.

  2. It turned out great. The black framing sets off the picture blocks so nicely. Awesome job!

  3. Very nicely done. Thanks for revealing your process too. I don't buy panels often and probably couldn't find more than 1 or 2 along with some sections of panels. But I like this idea for how to work with them.

  4. I like that it is asymetrical. It is very pleasing to the eye.

  5. Oh wow! I absolutely love this! Thank you for showing us the process of how you did it. I like that a few of the blocks are different sizes too.
    Blessings, Betsy

  6. OH perfect!! You really framed those fun blocks...lovely!

  7. This turned out so well Nancy! I love it...and I am so fond of crows and blackbirds!

  8. It’s gorgeous!! You really used those panels well and have a wonderful quilt to use. Hugs,

  9. I really love the blackbirds!!!!!!! This is a busy quilt but it is one of my favorites Nancy. The colors are all the same hues and it works!

  10. You did it! Amazing look-just stunning! Now this one is going to be hard to part get to keep one every once in a while!

  11. Oh I like it, the lights and darks are perfect! It is a wonderful quilt top!! :)

  12. That's absolutely wonderful, Nancy. At our last Quilt Squad meeting we had a very similar demonstration about how to design with panels and your graph paper looks just like ours. It was a very interesting program and it was fun to
    see how differently we all approached the process. Some (ME!) loved it and others did not care for it. It's like a puzzle and I love puzzles.


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