Monday, September 30, 2013

Birds of a Feather Flock Together

Imagine waking up one morning and seeing this on your front lawn:

That's right! Plastic flamingos are now trendy. "Flocking" is a gag gift idea turned fundraiser. Many companies on the Internet (really; just Google search: flocking a lawn) offer flocking as a service. It's touted for milestone birthdays and events or just for fun. High school and church groups have transformed the idea into a fundraiser, where houses that have been flocked donate to have the pink birds removed from their lawn and then suggest the next victim. The fundraising idea comes complete with "flocking insurance" that can be purchased to ensure these feathered friends don't end up on your lawn. 

Enough about flocking...back to the birds. Because while pink plastic flamingos are all in good fun, the actual bird is a majestic, amazing creature. 

Who better to feature birds on fabric than Ro Gregg? An avid bird lover, Ro's latest collection, Birds of a Feather, features flamingos and other feathered friends. Why birds? No doubt you've seen birds showing up in home decor  and even apparel--quilting is the logical next stop! 

Ro says, "I've taken inspiration from our avian friends to create a collection for quilters to fill their 'nests.' Birds have a complex culture--they have such amazing building skills, in weaving their nests and creating a cozy space for their babies."

The collection's main pattern is a printed aviary of some of Ro's favorite feathered friends: owls, cranes, woodpeckers, ducks, hummingbirds, as well as some more common every-day birds (and don't forget the flamingos!). 

Other coordinates include two feather prints--one larger and more literal, and the other more geometric. (Wouldn't it make a great textured border or binding?)

Ro also chose a palette for the Birds of a Feather prints that would coordinate with the Marblehead Pleasing Pastels for variety that goes on and on. It just makes you feel tropical, doesn't it? 

Find a free pattern using the Birds of a Feather collection on our website. In addition to the center pieced blocks, the pattern features a flying geese (how appropriate!) border. 
"Tailwind" by Tresa McConachie
See the entire Birds of a Feather collection by Ro Gregg here

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