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Vote Now: Quilts with Birds and/or Insects


Grab yourself a cup of coffee and browse the Birds & Insects Quilts for this week’s themed quilt contest. I think we’ll all have a difficult time picking just one favourite.

Our sponsor for this week is Saral Paper Corp. You might remember them from my earlier product review when I tested their wax-free transfer paper to see how easy it was to use on fabric, if it smudged while handling, would it still come off the fabric if heat set. I am very impressed with how well it works and have been using it to mark my background fabrics for applique placement.


The top three quilters with the most votes will each win prizes from this week’s sponsor.

Now it’s time for you to vote for your favourite!

  • Voting is open Friday – Sunday @ 11:59 p.m.
  • One vote per IP address (NOT email address), so have your family and friends cast a ballot for their favourite quilt (from home if you send it to coworkers)
  • Winner announced Monday!

How to Vote:

  • Review the photos and stories below… there are several, so you’ll need to scroll down to see them all.
  • Underneath the photos, scroll down, you’ll see the names of all the quilts with a circular button** beside each one. Select the button for the quilt you want to vote for.
  • Then scroll down, all the way, until you get to the bottom of the names of the quilts. Then press the vote button.

** Note: If you don’t see the circular buttons to vote, but instead see the voting results, that means someone on your IP Address already voted, or that the voting period has ended, or that you need to refresh the page to see the voting options. Shared IP Addresses are very common in home or work networks.

Quick stats:

  • Total submissions: 22
  • Total countries: 8
  • Total provinces: 2
  • Total states: 8

You can click on the photo to view a larger version.

A Bugs Life A Bugs Life
By: Toni,
New Zealand
Blog: Pinned Down

I attended a class to learn the techniques for this quilt, and I loved making all the bugs and butterflies. Applique, quilting and embroidery made this quilt a delight to make.

Quilt size: width: 32" height: 36"

A Butterfly Quilt A Butterfly Quilt
By: Katie Wiseman,
West Virginia, USA
Blog: Katie’s Quilts and Crafts

This quilt was made to be donated to “missions of love” – Comfort Quilts for Japan. The Japanese have given me so much inspiration over the years my heart just aches for them! I accented each butterfly with thread painting and quilted a butterfly panto in the borders. ;c)

Quilt size: width: 50″" height: 60″"

Alone among us Alone among us
By: Eva Johansen,
Blog: Min Lappeverden

This quilt was made for a competition in The Norwegian Quilt Association and it is my own design. I got no prize. The birds are made of white and black cotton and stuffed with batting, the background fabrics are all batiks.

Quilt size: width: 30" height: 30"

Aviary Friends Aviary Friends
By: Quiltalicious,
California, USA
Blog: Confessions of a Serial Quilter

Made as a challenge quilt in class. We were given a technique to or block to use each month. The birds and cat are all paper pieced and embellished with real feathers.

Quilt size: width: 36" height: 36"

British Birdfair British Birdfair
By: Turid Bakken,
Blog: Den syende himmel

I make a quilt for British Birdfair every year to be sold at the auction. British Birdfair raise money to protect birds all over the world. I’m looking forward to the birdfair, and to meet all my friends there.

Quilt size: width: 23" height: 34"

Caterpillar Caterpillar
By: Susan Shamekh,
United Arab Emirates

This was a quilt made for my friend’s grandchild. I really enjoyed watching the caterpillar grow as I sewed the blocks together!

Quilt size: width: 40" height: 52"

Chickens on the Farm Chickens on the Farm
By: Kathryn Duke,
North Carolina, USA
Blog: Needles and Pins

I walked into Archangels Quilt Store in Raleigh, NC about 7-8 years ago and saw a sample using chicken fabrics. I thought it was just too cute. So, I purchased my first fabrics on line and began to create my version!!

This was my first time using the prairie points to adorn the edges of my quil

Quilt size: width: 42" height: 58"

Crow Time Crow Time
By: Dinah Tackett,
New Mexico, USA

I am made this for a friend who LOVES Crows. The Crow is a fabric painting, raw edged appliqued and padded onto the background fabric, which is stenciled and couched with metallic thread.

Quilt size: width: 20" height: 20"

Dragonfly Dragonfly
By: corina,
Manitoba, Canada
Blog: cwquilts….sometimes

I made this little quilt in a class taught by Michelle Dobrin. It was the first time I tried thread sketching. I’ve used free motion quilting, thread sketching, applique and fabric paint. I have to say that this was the most fun I ever had in a class!

Quilt size: width: 8" height: 10"

Dragonfly Garden Dragonfly Garden
By: Betty Rollinson,
North Carolina, USA
Blog: knotsesquare

This was my first attempt at stained glass pieceing. It is all hand stitched and hand quilted. The pattern is by The pattern was by Three Swans Studio. It took me one year to complete.

Quilt size: width: 29" height: 42"

Grandpa's Hollyhocks Grandpa’s Hollyhocks
By: Myra,
Manitoba, Canada
Blog: Tactile Pleasures

Original pattern name is “Hollyhocks and Hummers”, by Nancy Murty of Bee Creative Studio. I call mine “Grandpa’s Hollyhocks”, as I recall my dear grandfather growing these wonderfully tall flowers beside his house, and the Hummingbirds coming to them… Made for my parents, a 50th anniversary gift.

Quilt size: width: 26″" height: 41″"

Grasshoppers Spiders and Bees Oh My Grasshoppers Spiders and Bees Oh My
By: Mama Jean,
Oregon, USA
Blog: Mama Jean’s Threaded Words

I love making quilts from the not so ordinary side of life. Day of the Dead, Pirates and Skulls so it just seemed that bugs were the way to go. I also love working in bright vibrate colors and this sweet little quilt was born. Not everyone likes pink and blue….

Quilt size: width: 33" height: 35"

Ladybugs and Zebras Ladybugs and Zebras
By: Jessica Mirasol,
Virginia, USA

I made this quilt for my 4-year-old daughter. She loves ladybugs! I let her pick all of the materials herself so it ended up quite bright, but it suits her perfectly!

Quilt size: width: 60" height: 88"

Lazy Afternoon Lazy Afternoon
By: Sylvia S,
Georgia, USA
Blog: Space Time Fabric

I love dragonflies, and I had the center batik which also has dragonflies on it for quite some time because I couldn’t bear to cut it up-until I found this pattern by Quilt Design Northwest, which I thought would showcase it nicely. The technique is continuous line machine applique, and was a pain!

Quilt size: width: 22" height: 28"

Love bugs Love bugs
By: beaquilter,
North Carolina, USA
Blog: beaquilter

this was part of a block swap, I then added the sashing and machine appliqued my own love bugs.

Quilt size: width: 54" height: 54"

New Jersey, USA
Blog: quiltnut

I made this quilt for my Mom as a thank you for all of the support that she gives to me.It features all of the birds in my Moms backyard

Quilt size: width: 52" height: 52"

my winged beauties my winged beauties
By: Doreen Kennedy,
Ontario, Canada

My passion is hummingbirds! Since I started quilting I seem to collect more!

Quilt size: width: 18" height: 18"

Teal Dragonfly Teal Dragonfly
By: Rona Keith,
New Zealand
Blog: Layer Upon Layer

Last in a series of dragonflies that I’ve made. Inspiration came from Katie Pasquini Masopust’s ‘Ghost Layers and Color Washes’, a technique that I have enjoyed exploring. I suspect I have a few more quilts to explore!

Quilt size: width: 30" height: 30"

The Audition The Audition
By: LuAnn Kessi,
Oregon, USA
Blog: May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

The is a mixed media art quilt.
I created it as a sample for a class I was teaching. When a friend saw the bird on the sheet music she said, “The bird looks like he is waiting for his singing audition.” So I named the quilt, “The Audition”

Quilt size: width: 14" height: 18"

Tulips and Hummingbirds Tulips and Hummingbirds
By: Sara Johnston,

This is the first quilt I ever made. My mum has been making quilts for a very long time, so I guess eventually the desire to make one developed and I went for it! I chose these fabrics because I love wildlife and natural places, and bright colours are definitely my thing.

Quilt size: width: 56" height: 63"

Waiting for Spring Waiting for Spring
By: Maggi,
United Kingdom
Blog: To Dream to Stitch

Photograph of birch trees and a blackbird, printed onto cotton. Overlaid with hand dyed silk organza and free machine quilted. A journal quilt inspired by watching both the birds and the trees as they waited for spring to return

Quilt size: width: 8" height: 11"

Water birds Water birds
By: Margeeth,
Blog: Margeeths blog

Quilt made with patterns designed by Heleen Pinkster.

Quilt size: width: 40" height: 40"

Birds and Insects

  • Water birds (16%, 107 Votes)
  • Dragonfly (10%, 67 Votes)
  • Alone among us (10%, 67 Votes)
  • Grandpa's Hollyhocks (10%, 66 Votes)
  • Caterpillar (8%, 55 Votes)
  • A Butterfly Quilt (8%, 51 Votes)
  • British Birdfair (8%, 49 Votes)
  • MOMS BACKYARD (6%, 36 Votes)
  • Chickens on the Farm (5%, 35 Votes)
  • Lazy Afternoon (4%, 28 Votes)
  • The Audition (3%, 18 Votes)
  • Ladybugs and Zebras (2%, 15 Votes)
  • Dragonfly Garden (2%, 14 Votes)
  • Tulips and Hummingbirds (2%, 10 Votes)
  • A Bugs Life (1%, 9 Votes)
  • Teal Dragonfly (1%, 9 Votes)
  • my winged beauties (1%, 7 Votes)
  • Aviary Friends (1%, 5 Votes)
  • Waiting for Spring (0%, 3 Votes)
  • Crow Time (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Love bugs (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Grasshoppers Spiders and Bees Oh My (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 653

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Next Week’s Contest

The theme for next week’s quilt contest is Wildlife, etc.. This does not include birds or insects, but it does include domestic animals. Get your cameras out and Submit your Quilt Photo.

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12 Responses to “Vote Now: Quilts with Birds and/or Insects”

  1. Marjorie says:

    Okay, I think this gets harder to pick only one each week. This set of quilts is so diverse. Even if a quilt doesn’t win, the makers should all be proud of their work.

  2. G says:

    There are some very detailed quilts here, but I think my favorite by far is the dragonfly…awesome! If I would have been allowed more than one vote, it would have went like this…
    mom’s backyard
    lazy afternoon
    butterfly quilt
    grandpa’s hollyhocks
    british birdfair

    Incredible work!!

  3. karin says:

    Holy cow, that was a hard decision! There are several that deserve top honors!!!! they are all beautiful and I love reading the stories that go with ’em!! Thank you ALL for submitting such inspirational works of art!!!!

  4. DianeH says:

    Thanks to all the fantastic quilters who participated. All these quilts are winners!

  5. Mary says:

    Wow! I had a really hard time voting for just one. I agree with everything that’s been said. I love birds and dragonflies and the details and workmanship in the bugs was fantastic. Kudos to all the quilters.

  6. Annmarie says:

    That was a tough vote – reeeally wanted to vote for 3 of them!

  7. jonathan osman says:

    To me, ‘The Caterpillar’ is the best one, it holds the most colour, is full of cheerfullness. And its design holds the eye, guiding it along the image. Im not a fan of flys, dragon flys are dirty and spread disease and ducks live in their own muck. But a caterpillar turns in to abeautifull butterfly- i love that quilt.

  8. angela says:

    i love katie’s butterfly quilt! the butterflies are so colorful and each one so unique. it matches everything no matter where you put it:) also a great cause. beautiful quilt katie!

  9. Kenyon Nevels says:

    It will not let me vote???

  10. Mishka says:

    Did you try reloading the page?


    If you’re seeing the voting results, someone from your IP Address already voted this week.


  11. Edith Elmore says:

    All are great quilts, love Chickens on the farm best.

  12. […] to everyone who entered last week’s Birds and/or Insects quilt contest. All of the quilts are gorgeous! Thanks also to everyone that took the time to vote. […]

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