As promised, I have some photos to share. I told you about my practicing feathers….. I still haven’t got the quilt bound but I will share with you my feathers. I rarely show close up of my quilting because in my opinion it leaves a lot to be desired, but I’ve been told I’m my own worst critic – and I guess it’s not horrible, so here you go:
Doing the circles gives me an opportunity to make feathers going many different directions. I find with larger feathers I am not very consistent. This is a large ‘block’ at 16”. I need to make myself several size circle templates so I can get some registration marks to help with my consistency of size. I put ‘vanes’ in the center of the outer feathers – not sure I like it or not – maybe if the feathers were more consistent,….
A little better here – still need work on the larger size feathers. I did just straight line feathers in the borders using a different technique – if you look top and bottom, you’ll see the feathers are going opposite directions. This was more practicing making feathers in different directions.
I told you about this quilt here. This shows the blocks laid out, it has since been assembled. I’m undecided about a border fabric.Here’s a bit of a close up. I thought about a navy as there is some navy in the darker print. But I think it would be a bit over whelming….. I’m also thinking of just a very narrow (maybe 1/2”) navy with a 4” border in white….. And then again, I might not border it all. But I really love the colors in this quilt, so I’m thinking this is going to be a keeper for me.
These are the placemats where I learned a valuable lesson – Don’t use straight grain binding on curved edges! Looking at the mat on the left, you can see where the mat curls up a bit whereas the mat on the right lays nice and flat. I just used 2½” strips, stitching and flipping (quilt as you go), trimmed to 15” X 17” then just used a dinner plate to cut the curved corners… quick and easy and most of all I used SCRAPS!
And talking about strips….. a fellow blogger was kind enough to send me some “scrap bags of the month” from Keepsake Quilting. I took one and cut it into 2½” strips so I could do one of those “Jelly Roll Race” quilts. I wanted a wider quilt so I added wide borders to the side, but leaving the top and bottom borders at 2½” to better blend with the ‘body’ of the quilt:
I will be sending this quilt, as well as the ‘feather practice’ quilt to Michelle as per this post by Bonnie Hunter to help with the fire victims in Colorado.
I am still embroidering “Sea Birds” and I really think they’re cute. Not sure they’re a perfect match for the panels I plan on using, but as most of you know “I am no perfectionist”
I wish you all a very safe and happy 4th of July and if you are a reader living outside the U.S. – I wish you a safe and happy week.