Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Little Feathery Quilting Diversion

Feathers are coming along on Brent's butterscotch, caramel, and chocolate quilt.  However, I'm still struggling with trying to work on it for extended periods of time.  So, inspired by the Nifty Stitcher, I sought some diversion--just to see if I could do it.

 I practiced the feathers on a fat quarter I've had for years--I thought it would look great on the loveseat in our media room.  (No, we are not so fancy that we have a real media room in this little house--I just don't like having a television in our living room, so a couple of years ago we moved our television into the third bedroom that also served as home for our computer and armoir [that I now need to move out of there].)

Here's the backside--so you can see how I struggled with trying to work out a style that used the kinds of feathers I've been making.  I finally opted for the style Rhianon and Karen McTavish use.

Obviously, I still need to practice retracing (much easier on a treadle than on an electric machine) and decide how much I want to fill in between feathers.

The need for rain continues to be a focus of many prayers.  Yesterday I was hopeful because of the number of clouds and lightning in the distance.  Several hours later we heard plenty of thunder and received about five drops of rain.  I did manage to pull some more weeds, but there are places where I'm going to have to resort to some other alternatives.
 I love the color of these blue morning glories--but even in a pot they are not doing all that well.
I found some more growing along one of the fences, but I'm thinking they may not bloom this year.  The sunflowers are growing quickly, but I don't know if they will bloom either.  Ditto for the cosmos.

I'm linking to Connie Kresin's Quilting by the River
and Fabric Tuesday.

Fresh Poppy Design

Happy quiltmaking.....


The Nifty Stitcher said...

Hi Dora. Your feathers are gorrgeous. They have a real nice flow to them. Really good job. I know what you mean about the backtracking. When I did mine I didn't worry too much about that as I was concentrating on getting nice shaped feathers that flowed from one another. Looking forward to seeing what you do next :)

Connie said...

Dora, your feathering looks beautiful to me! That is something I still want to work on and using a fat quarter is a great idea! Thanks for sharing.
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Michele said...

Your feathers are lovely!! I love the thinness...is that a word?......of them. I just tried some a few weeks ago and I was pleased with how the quilt turned out, but next time I may try making mine a little thinner like yours. I'm starting to work more on my frame. I've had it for awhile, but I have a hard time getting myself to use it. I'm learning as I go along. Thanks for tne inspiration :-)

Auntie Em said...

I think your quilted feathers are perfect!

Monika said...

Hi, I got here via The Nifty Stitcher - your feathers look great! fter I saw Rhianon's I have played around twith these but with not much success yet (I find Diane Gaudynski's echo feathers easier). I'll keep in practising though, maybe some time I get them to look like yours!!!!

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