Birds in the Air is a great book and quilt block

I have a quilt on my bed made up of the Birds in the Air blocks. I created it 16 years ago when my husband and I got married. He is a Civil War Buff and it is a Civil War block. We have loved this quilt so much that it has been repaired 3 times. Now it needs more repairs so I just put another quilt on top to hide the damage. Done!

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If you could look behind the pillows, you would see that I have repaired the top border two times. Yes, twice and it could use a redo. My husband's whiskers have wreaked havoc on the top.

See the Irish quilt on the left side? Don't pick it up! There are some worn out spots from sitting on the quilt.

I love this quilt and this block. I read about the block in a book of patterns of Civil war quilts. I found information for this post on this site.

I enjoyed reading about how they cut this civil war quilt in half at one point. When I make a new quilt for our bed, I plan to cut away all the frayed borders to create a new smaller quilt for a chair.birds re 3 With a new border, it will be great!

I am toying with the idea of making the new quilt a modern variation on Birds in the Air. It's just such a great block. I already have lots of green solid fabrics.

You can imagine my delight when a quilting buddy asked me if I would like an advance copy of her book, Birds in the Air. Did I ever! One of my favorite blocks!

birds re 1I read it slowly so I could enjoy it. After finishing it I am here to tell you that Birds in the Air is a great book and quilt block! It's as unusual as liking the book and the movie! I like the book and the block.

Frances O'Roark Dowell is already an established author of YA books. In fact, I am intrigued by her books for younger people. I may pretend I am buying some for Zara and read them myself!

This is her first foray into writing for adults. She wrote about what she loves in the books, quilts and quilters. And yes, a Birds in the Air quilt has a major role.

I had never read a "quilt" novel before. I know there are many authors who write these books but I had just never picked one up. This one came right to my house.

It was such a pleasurable read. I cared about the characters and what happened to them. I enjoyed revisiting what it is like to be a brand new quilter.

I recommend the book but you will have to be patient. The official publication date is September 21, 2016. Not too far away.

On that date you can have your "Birds" in your hand!

Sew happy!

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