The Rocky Mountain Quilt Festival is coming up, so I made a small art quilt called "Magpies" to enter in it. There is a nest of Magpies at the Sonic here at the mall. This spring the crabapple trees were GORgeous and I took pictures of the trees and the nest. Later I decided it would make a good picture to turn into a quilt.
I appliqued most of the pieces by hand, and then I added some flowers that are not sewed down. They just have a button holding them to the quilt. I hope they will add a more realistic effect to the piece. I also "made" a nest out of fabric pieces and strips. I rolled some pieces of fabric to resemble twigs and sticks as well. I learned that magpies will collect just about anything and they are attracted to bright and shiny things. I wrote this poem to go on the quilt. Did you know that some magpie nests have been found with several pieces of tableware in them? I didn't! I added a spoon to the nest just to make it more real!! These magpies are adding details to their nest as they await the hatching time. The eggs are 3-d made of fabric and stuffed.