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!


  1. That feather is amazing, even more so for your first attempt! Love it.

  2. This is a beautiful quilt and your feathering is wonderful. Congrats on going for it :)

  3. WOW! That is divine! Well done!

  4. Congratulations! This feather quilting really compliments the quilt, so good decision, and mad skills!

  5. That's really beautiful. Well done.

  6. GORGEOUS! Your quilt and your quilting are fantastic!! I can't believe you did the quilting in an hour!
    ~ Tabatha at ~

  7. WOW you MUST be a natural: quilting like that
    Well done!

  8. Well done! It's really pretty!

  9. Wow, you did a fabulous job! I don't think I could part with it if I were you... ;o)

  10. Congratulations on taking the plunge; I hope to see many more feathers on your future quilts!

  11. Woo hoo! Fantastic, Caz! That fear is a bugger, eh? But you did it. Congrats on the feather and on a beautiful quilt!

  12. nice work on the feathers. that is something I haven't tried much. i did a poor attempt on a tiny piece, but was quite unhappy with the results. i have a book from the library all about feathers and am wanting to try again. I do have a small doll quilt waiting for the quilting,you have encouraged me to give it a try there. Thank-you.