January 05, 2014

Quilting Charley Harper Style

I have been very attracted to the artistic style of the American illustrator Charley Harper since it was introduced to me awhile ago.  I thought it would be a great idea to make a quilt in a sort of tribute to Charley Harper.  Mia and I discussed the style of his art, which she also liked.  She digitized a panel of birds in a 'Charley Harper' style for the embroidery machine.  I had not had a chance to do anything with the panel yet since it wasn't 'calling' me.  Then I found out that Birch Fabrics were producing a line of fabrics using Charley Harper drawings as the designs.  I knew that I had to acquire some as soon as possible even though they were very expensive organic fabrics.  I was able to snatch a fat quarter of each fabric, plus a couple of 1/2 yard pieces too.

I was struggling with a quilt design that would best 'showcase' the fabrics and the designs.  I decided that the best way to get started was to embroidery the 8 panels first.  I have finished stitching them and here they are.  They are not yet sewn together, but you should get the idea. I decided to choose some of the colors in the fabrics to stitch the leaves and I used some of the fabric for the applique part of the birds.  Hopefully when all of the fabrics are put together, everything will blend and look good.

Now, my next job is to design a 'quilt' around them.  I think I have some good ideas on how to proceed and I am going to get started working on them right away.


  1. Is there any way to purchase these bird designs? They are exactly what I'm looking for to put into some quilt squares.

    1. Are you looking for already stitched quilt squares, or do you have an embroidery machine and are looking for the digitized designs?