sometimes i shop for myself and give whatever it is that i think i can't live without to Melissa
to give back to me for whatever holiday is next...
a couple of christmases ago
Melissa gave me a buffalo panel
i wanted it cuz of the buffalo
for the White Buffalo quilt that i'm supposed to be making but hasn't seen the light of day for
a gazillion three years
but when i got a good look at it
i fell in lurve with the bluebirds...
do bluebirds actually hang out with buffalo?
i dunno - but i'd like to think that they do
my mom lurved bluebirds, too
i was really missing her
and i thought
why not surround that big old buffalo with a bunch more bluebirds?!?
so i bought the Feathers pattern from The Pattern Basket
and, since it was spring, tested it with robins...
and after tweaking it a bit, drafted it for paper-piecing
then did a mirror image so the birds could be facing each other
and went shopping for blues and oranges and creams
and started piecing birds
boy birds and girl birds with prairie point beaks
that surrounded that big old buffalo...
it was getting a bit larger than planned and i was running outta background fabric
and even though there were more birds in the flock
a decision was made to STOP with the front
and add the other birds to the back...
along with another buffalo panel
that was also purchased for the White Buffalo quilt - twice - so there was a spare
cuz i can't ever remember what i have and what i think i have in the Great Pile of Stuff
and then sent off to Liz the World's Most Awesome Longarm Quilter in Michigan
to be quilted with buffalo...
after Liz worked her magick
it was trimmed and bound...
the girl birds are facing right
and the boy birds are facing not right for a reason, y'all
too bad i used all that leftover fabric from the front cuz i was gonna need more of those blues a couple of months later when i started the piecing for Serenity!!!
and named Buffalo Wings!!!
cuz, seriously, with buffalo and wings
what else could it be named?!?
Left wing, chicken wing, it don't make no difference to me.