Monday, November 11, 2013

Bird at Sunset and Cardinal Quilts

When both Emily and I saw this picture of “Bird at Sunset” and pinned it on Pinterest we decided to use it for a quilt challenge. We were to each make a quilt and not let each other know what we were doing until the grand revealing.
Bird at sunset...

So, here she is with her “Bird at Sunset.”

She had bought a silk scarf years ago at a yard sale for a quarter and used it for her background. She said she had offered it to me and I turned her down. Wow! How could I have done that?

She used twine for the fence and unraveled it for the grass.

I like how she turned the bird around to face the center.

Beautiful. Just beautiful!!!

And this is my piece.

I changed the bird to a cardinal, repositioned it, and made holly branches in the foreground.

The background was heavily stitched and then the cardinal, holly, and fence were added and stitched.


I wrapped the quilted top around a canvas frame and stapled it to the back.


Cardinal Statistics
Dimensions: 10”X10”
Gallery Wrapped on Canvas
Price: $80.00
Creations by Nina-Marie
November Finishes


  1. Wow! Both of you are amazing!!

  2. You and Emily did great! You were truly inspired by the quilt you saw and both of you are inspiring to all of us quilters.

    It was good to see you and meet Emily at Houston.

  3. What a neat challenge. Maybe we should do a simple challenge for our sewing retreat. Open it up to all us girls and daugters and daughter-in=laws and granddaugters. Even Mother could join us. Just a thought.

  4. What a beautiful photo, and you and Emily have made beautiful quilts from it. Emily's scarf is the perfect background. Nice work!
    Martha Ginn

  5. They are both just beautiful quilts!!

  6. Both are fabulous! Nice job!

  7. Both pieces are really beautiful and I can't pick a favorite, what a fun challenge! Thanks for sharing.
    Freemotion by the River Linky Party Tuesday

  8. Both interpretations are beautiful!

  9. Both intrepretations are lovely.
    Have a great day.
    Always, Queenie

  10. What a fun challenge for you! I love how both of the pieces turned out.

  11. What a grande project for two friends to take on together and with two completely interpretations! Very lovely results and I love that you framed yours up;)

  12. What fun to see two different interpretations of the same photograph, both turned out wonderful!

  13. Beautiful quilts! both are wonderful interpretations of the photo and must have been fun to work on!

  14. Oh my, I love both your pieces! Gorgeous! Isn't fabulous how the same piece can inspire such different pieces? Love it!

  15. Great job! Both of you. Love the quilting you both done.

  16. They are both lovely. The original photo certainly inspired some lovely work. Love the way you mounted the quilt on a frame.

  17. Wow! These are great! I can't even imagine turning a photograph into a quilt--it seems so daunting! The results are so lovely though. And I love it on the canvas too. :) Thanks for linking up!

  18. Julia - love both of them. What a fun challenge and an awesome photo to start with.

  19. What a great challenge to share, with beautiful results.

  20. Oh wow, what a fantastic challenge and the results are stunning, both of you deserve a whoop, whoop!

  21. I think these are my favorite quilts this week. I love what you used for inspiration, and it's so neat that your designs mirror each other without advance planning. I love that you changed the bird, too!

  22. Both of your quilts are gorgeous. But yours is totally perfect for this time of year! Your cardinal is so well realised, very impressive :)

  23. sounds like a fun challenge! I like that you put your own twist on the original image by changing the bird and foliage

  24. both of them are gorgeous, and yours is just perfect for Christmas!

    Thank you so much for sharing at Needle and Thread Thursday!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

  25. Oh how wonderful! The one made by Emily shows so much texture and depth. Wonderful idea to use the silk scarf and twine.
    Your holly is terrific too, with the pop of red. The interpretation is so interesting to see, thanks for posting.
    LeeAnna Paylor

  26. Wow! Both minis are beautiful! I love the silk scarf that your friend used, just beautiful! Thanks for linking up :)

  27. wow, such creativity! Thanks for sharing!

  28. Wow! Those are both so beautiful! I love both yours and Emily's. Your cardinal and holly are so pretty and I love that you mounted it on canvas. Congrats on a beautiful finish and thank you for linking up!

    xo -E


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