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Birch Tree Shimmer Mini Quilt

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Hey there! Welcome to my stop on Jennifer Sampou’s Shimmer blog hop!

You know, once upon a time, I thought I would never like metallic fabrics. But I also once thought I would never wear skinny jeans and never get tired of chevron prints. Never say never in fashion or quilting. : ) Metallics are totally on trend these days, and I’m loving them. Jennifer Sampou’s new fabric line for Robert Kaufman, Shimmer, is metallics done right!

 

Maybe it’s the long, cold winter we’ve had here in Wisconsin, or maybe it’s just the repeated viewings of the movie “Frozen” with my daughters, but when I saw the Shimmer line, I immediately thought of white on silver. A quick scan of my Pinterest inspiration boards led me to this lovely, minimal graphic composition, and suddenly I knew just what I wanted to do!

So I made this little birch tree mini quilt. It may seem an odd project for me to whip up at a time when winter is finally releasing its icy grip on my ‘hood, but I guess this is my way of bidding the season goodbye. : ) The trees were very easy to piece improvisationally—I cut a large background square of silver Shimmer fabric and then slashed through it on angles to place the tree trunks. Ditto for the birch bark notches, with more Shimmer pieced into to those.

It was only when I was piecing the third and final tree that it hit me—what is the perfect counterpoint to a birch tree in the snow? Why, a cardinal sitting in its branches, of course! Even though the quilt was already almost done at that point, suddenly I had to have a cardinal.

I wanted the cardinal to be just a small accent, which meant I needed a relatively simple paper-pieced block, so that it was doable when reduced way down. This free block from McCall’s (minus the bird’s legs) fit the bill. I printed the templates at 30% size. Crazy small, but sure enough, it worked! I love itty bitty paper-piecing! The beauty of it is that you can do paper-piecing this small, and it’s just as easy as when it’s normal sized.

I finished my mini off with more Shimmer prints on the back and for the binding, plus some wavy line quilting. But I think the luster of the silver background print is really what makes this mini special. It shines. Literally.

Want to try some Shimmer for yourself? I’m giving away a charm pack of Shimmer prints—just leave a comment on this post to enter. I’ll draw a random winner at the end of the week. And keep following the blog hop for more inspiration using this fabric line, and more chances to win! Jennifer is giving away a full fat-quarter bundle at the end of the hop!

April 1: Robert Kaufman/Jennifer Sampou

April 2: Janice Ryan- Better off Thread
April 3: Alissa Haight Carlton- Handmade by Alissa
April 4: Julie Herman- JayBird Quilts
April 5: Natalie Barnes- Beyond the Reef
April 6: Stash Books- C&T Publishing
April 7: Amanda Jean Nyberg- Crazy Mom Quilts
April 8: Me! You are here
April 9: Cheryl Arkinson- Naptime Quilter
April 10: Christina Cameli- A Few Scraps
April 11: Elizabeth Hartman- Oh Fransson
April 12: Faith Jones-Fresh Lemon Quilts
April 13: Gemma Jackson- Pretty Bobbins
April 14: Katie Blakesley- Swim Bike Quilt
April 15: Amy Smart-Diary of a Quilter
April 16: Laura Nownes, Jennifer Rounds, Pati Fried, Darra Williamson- See How We Sew

April 17: Holly DeGroot- Bijou Lovely
April 18: Jennifer Sampou-Wrap Up

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  1. liniecat
    liniecat says:

    Silver birch is most favourite tree, I adore seeing them when planted together, apparently they do better planted in groups…….they must be social and that appeals to me lol
    Thats a smashing mini quilt. I so wish we had bright red cardinals over here, they must be beautiful to see amongst the trees!

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  2. Sandra :)
    Sandra :) says:

    The cardinal adds the perfect amount of pizazz – so does the cool quilting – very modern and elegant! Thank you for a chance to win some pretty fabric 🙂

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  3. Jacklynn
    Jacklynn says:

    Love the cardinal against the gray shimmer – reminds me of the snowy cardinal Monet painting. Aren't you glad the snow is finally gone here in Wisconsin? Thanks for the give away!

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  4. Chirpy
    Chirpy says:

    Who doesn't love cardinals. Reminds me of this winter driving around with all the stark white and catching a glimpse of a cardinal. Love your quilt.

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