I've been working on this paper pieced quilt off and on this year. There was a Feathers QAL that started in December 2013, I think I did start mine in January 2014. I have learned that I am rarely able to keep up with QALs. Other things come up, the QAL is not the only thing I'm working on, so I end up just coming back to it later.
It's later now.
|Some of my blocks completed in March 2014|
Here is a link to more photos when I worked on this in March and April Feathers blogpost
In June I gave a little lecture to my Modern Quilt Guild on paper piecing, and I wanted to have this top done to show. It was not to be, I lacked 4 of the blocks before the lecture started, and I just didn't have it in me to finish the night before.
|The last J Block|
Last week I was completing a paper pieced bee block, and I always change my needle after paper piecing, piercing all that paper must make it dull. It seemed a waste to use that needle on just one paper pieced block, taking the plunge at 10 pm, I cranked out the last few Feathers blocks.
A 3 a.m. finish, but all the blocks were competed.
Next was deciding layout, I wanted to veer off the path of the pattern because I had a focal fabric I wanted to use somewhere in the quilt.
|Erin Michael Lush Uptown Paint by Number - sky|
|Trying different layouts|
|I sewed some of my feather rows together, eliminating some of the sashing.|
|Stopping here to decide on border placement|
I knew I wanted to add a border, but I didn't want to frame the quilt top. Making the quilt larger, without taking away from the pattern and also drawing attention to the focal fabric. I had limited amount of the print, and of course not to be found anywhere, so I had to be careful what I cut up and where I placed the print.
|I added a small feather along the bottom border|
|Framing the print with a solid helped separate it from the print|
Now to quilt
Here is what it looked like when I took off all the paper
This is a well written pattern with cutting measurements for each piece, tips included in her pattern, a good start for a beginner.
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Keep Calm, and Quilt On!