Thursday, 31 January 2013

The first feather in my cap

Since beginning quilting in 2011, I have always been in awe of all the beautiful feathers quilted into many of the quilts I admire.

I had never been game enough to try one for myself. 

The time to put all that fear aside … is NOW.

A charm pack of Ruby by Bonnie and Camille has been waiting for a special project.  This cot sized quilt has seen my try new things (to me!), namely setting blocks on point, and quilting a feather.

I matched each charm square with a square of Kona Ash and made half square triangles, then sashed and bordered the quilt top with white organic homespun.  This really lets the colours pop.

I quilted pebbles between all the blocks, then got busy with a pencil and paper and practiced feathers over and over.

I decided that instead of procrastinating and giving into my fear … I should just quilt that feather. 
So I did!

It only took about an hour! 

Needless to say I am very pleased with my first free motion feather on a domestic sewing machine.  

 The back is a piece of Denise Schmidt in lovely aqua, pink and reds, bound with a lovely red and white dotty and stripe fabric from my stash.

I may not give this one away!

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Taking the plunge

Exciting .... My very first feather!!!! 

Please excuse the dodgy phone pic.

Can't stop to blog.
Far to busy quilting.


Sunday, 27 January 2013

Cuzco Love

A whole month and no blogging!  Never fear, I have been quilting.

This is going to be the year of stash busting!  Although I have only been quilting for a short while, my collection of fabrics has been growing.  I have decided to use as much as possible this year, while I also want to push myself out of my comfort zone.

I have had a layer cake of Cuzco, by Kate Spain, in the stash for a while.  I have been waiting for a project to use it in.  With lots of babies on the way this year, friends and family are being most obliging … I decided to get a head start.

I decided to stack and slash the layer cake, in two different cuts, and make the fabric into three small quilts.  Some of my Kona Ash and Tangerine was also thrown into the mix.

The first I quilted with a simple stipple, the second with organic straight lines and ‘oranges’,

and the third with straight lines and right angles.

  The backing for all three was in my stash.  Score!!

If they don’t get gifted … all three will look lovely,
on my coffee table!