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Birds of a Feather

Inspired by the flight of paper-pieced humming birds, this quilted table topper is a showstopper.

Combining a buttery backdrop with bold hues and crisp whites makes this a beautiful project worthy of gifting!


To create this charming table topper, I downloaded the free 6" Sugar Baby paper piecing pattern from Lillyella. She includes awesome instructions on how to put them together and I really love her templates! I made this wall hanging from her butterfly patterns.

Back to our cute hummingbirds! The project is a great way to use up scraps. I dug out a variety of solids and a few of my favorite florals for this project. Using navy, blue, and teal shades for the hummingbirds provides contrast so they pop against the mustard background.

We are offering a variety of scrap bags in the shop, including an assorted solid scrap bag. It's a great way to build up your collection!

To frame our birds in flight and create motion, I added strips of flying geese (quilting term for the triangles) to the top and bottom of the hummingbird unit using shades of Confetti Cottons solid fabric to create an ombre effect. The beautiful deep mustard background (my favorite) is Stenciled Sun from the Terra Kotta collection by AGF.

I've had less than perfect results conventionally piecing flying geese, so for this project I naturally gravitated towards paper piecing. Using a paper template ensures your flying geese have clean points. You can download my free template below!

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For the back, I pieced the remaining strips of solids I used for the ombre flying geese. It turned out so beautifully. I love the simplicity of strip piecing for a backing!

To quilt, I straight stitched the quilt top, batting, and backing together on the diagonal. I use a seam guide on my walking foot to ensure the lines are approximately the same distance apart.

I absolutely loved how this project turned out! It's only strengthening my love for paper-pieced mini quilts so I'm sure you'll see more like these to come.

And the best part about this mini quilt was gifting it!

Have you created a mini quilt using paper piecing? We'd love to see you're creations! Share them in the comments below!

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