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The Gate to the Hummingbird Garden & Quilt Canada

"La Porte d'un Jardin de Colibri"     

Remember this little boutis hummingbird ("colibri") from a long way back?

Well, she finally found a happy home behind a silk gate of free motion quilting that opens to her peaceful boutis flower garden.

She was accepted into the juried exhibit of Quilt Canada, which was held here in Vancouver last weekend, and came home with the ribbon for "Excellence for Work of a First Time Exhibitor".

The finished quilt is 30 7/8" x 25 3/4": wall hanging size

As I was designing the border, I wanted the flow of the boutis to continue into the border. The boutis is set into the centre of the quilt using reverse applique. The photo below shows the circular pattern around the hummingbird being extended to the border and completing the circle by piecing in some white silk.

Following are some close-ups of the quilt.

The top of the wall hanging.

Detail of a machine quilted hummingbird that frames each top corner.

Centre bottom.

Bottom right corner.

The title is a little laborious, so I'll call her "Blossom" for short, the name our grand daughter has given to one of the hummingbirds that frequents our balcony garden.


  1. This has been finished so beautifully! Blossom is a wonderful example of boutis, a technique I’ve not yet done anything with but admire!

    1. Thank you so much. Boutis is a needle work technique that could be described as embroidery and/or quilting, so it made sense to me to combine the two. Thanks for the visit.

  2. Congratulations!! I knew this combination would be ribbon-worthy, no one else is doing anything like it. Blossom's setting is perfect. I'm so happy for you!

    1. Thanks Monica. It was actually your little nudge a few years ago that first got me thinking about submitting to a show. So sincere thanks to you.

      On another matter entirely, from reading comments on your blog, I see that many folks are having difficulty with comments on their blog site. I have to jump through major hoops just to send a reply on my own blog. How did you make yours work? I would look forward to any advice you could offer on the matter. If you have time and/or inclination, my email address is under my profile pic. Thanks.

      Hope you're well.

    2. I wish I had some insight into the comment situation! But, Julie's tip to leave the first comment on each of your posts, making sure you check "Notify", does result in a type of email notification. But you cannot reply anymore.

      Today I realized that if I already had someone's email, I could forward that notification and then have a relevant way to reply. We'll see if that is workable!


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