Reproduction quilt top by Claire McKarns
Claire framed a pheasant toile with pieced triangles and mitered a madder-style stripe.
Bird prints were so popular with quilters during the 1810-1840 period that reproduction stashes require them, but they are hard to find in quilt-weight fabric. Here are a few you might have in your chintz cupboard.
Jo Morton's 2010 reproduction of a "Bird Chintz" with a dark ground.
And a very accurate Drab or Quercitron yellow ground.
Read Jo's Journal entry on this print and its document here:
Harriet Hargrave reproduced pheasants and a plum tree in her Birds & Basics line a few years ago.
See Kimberley Wulfert's post on this line with a review of the literature on the bird chintzes:
You can always find birds chintzes in decorator-weight fabric like this one, which has a great bird for Broderie Perse. The background is too red to be an accurate reproduction but those birds isolated would look pretty good.It's easier to find bird prints as single-color toile reproductions.
Toile from the back of a quilt about 1830-1850.
The toile is probably 1800-1820.
Terry Thompson and I reproduced the toile above about a dozen years ago for our first Moda reproduction collection called Floral Trails. Surprisingly, I found some still available on line.
The tan colorway
Kaye England has a nice chintz out in English Lane. She has done some great bird repros over the years.
Including this bird of paradise which Georgann Eglinski used in her reproduction of a quilt shown in a book by Robert Bishop years ago.
Georgann Eglinski, Thank You, Robert Bishop
The turkey fabric that Georgann used in this strip quilt is also from Kaye---quite a while ago.
Georgann Eglinski, Turkey Red, Turkey Blue
I also remember a good bird chintz in a Fons and Porter line many years ago. I guess that's why we keep a stash. You'll find a use for it someday.
You may have to use a heavier weight decorating fabric to find good bird toiles.
Here's a miniature with a bird toile from an Etsy store by Annette Plog