Flying Feathers by True

Summary

Category:
Quilting
Pattern:
Status:
Complete
Started:
2014-05-31T00:00:00Z
Finished:
2014-09-01T00:00:00Z
Tutorial:

Description

I fell in love with this quilt when saw it on Tessa's blog and pinned it immediately.  I hunted down the pattern on Craftsy and decided to give it a go...and love it. I have to decide what to add next but finished feathers today.  I was having a horrible time with angle of large white pieces until +Hawkfan (Audrey) reminded me about this tutorial. Thank you Audrey for saving my sanity!! Once I used the idea outlined in the blog it became a breeze.  

Update 8-9-14 Have added some borders...two more sides to go.  Pattern for Flying Geese Borders is a free one from Jeli Quilts on Craftsy here

Update 8-23-14 Flying Geese border is done...now deciding next steps.  
Top done!!

9-1-14  Quilt is done and just needs to be washed and dried!  We are having our staff appreciation picnic in late September and always do some sort of fun "event". One year was Minute to Win It and another the Olympics.  This year we are creating a County Fair since they are very big here in Maine. We will have fair games, popcorn, snocones, cotton candy, a "Get the Director" wet game (where if they get the ball into hoop it dumps water on us).  We are also having an exhibition hall with three different categories and 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes in each.  I will be entering this in the appropriate category:-)

Pictures

Loves

Quilterinmotion
Charwirfs
Awesumpunk
Capetowngirl
Clairealex
cedacanthus
Caribousmom
danadane
Aizome
sew_what
Amanda
Readerowl
HawkFan
janepez
threadovmetal

Comments

cally68

This us beautiful! Feathers are on my bucket list. I love the fabrics you chose.

ArloDeanQuilts

I was just on Craftsy buying some patterns myself! These are beautiful!

True

cally68 thank you so much! I am so in love with these. I kept debating with myself over fabrics and then found a bunch of pictures on flickr, and realized this pattern truly looks awesome in almost any fabric. So I just pulled a whole bunch from stash and went from there!

True

ArloDeanQuilts thank you, I love Craftsy!

lowlyworm

wow, this is really cool looking, but looks so complicated to put together. Is it? Love the colors you chose, too.

True

lowlyworm thank you...it is considered advance paper piecing so you would want some experience with technique but it is not hard once get going. And using the tutorial, I added on paper piecing, and cutting out the templates for the larger background sections made a huge difference (I did not need it for other smaller pieces). I cut out the template and kept them taped to fabric piece until ready to use and it helped figure out the angle/orientation of that piece. Before I was doing that I wanted to pull my hair out at points...but once started using that trick it went really quickly.

lowlyworm

True yes, I can see how you would want to keep careful track of what was what. Interesting... I won't be trying this anytime soon, though! Something to aspire to, anyway.

Skynme

Very pretty fabrics on this one. Love all the feather blocks!

Capetowngirl

Love this.

True

Capetowngirl Skynme thank you... I will say the other patterns out there are easier to do... And I love them as well. But I loved how this one really captures the look of a feathers edges. Great job by pattern designer.

True

lowlyworm just do some simpler paper piecing first to get hang of it...and then follow tutorial I posted. And remember you do this is small sections and then join it so you can do some, walk away and come back to it. So you see success quickly which keeps you motivated!! And once the sections pieced they are really easy to join as the designer created it so there are very few seams that have to match up!

True

Carolmarie :-) thank you! May take a while as my mom arrives for a week on Wednesday!!

True

Carolmarie no she is not, she use to knit but at 90 she has finally given it up. She is a pretty amazing person so it should be fun.

Quilterinmotion

True , enjoy your visit with your mum. It should be a great time for you. The feathers are great. Annamarie Horner does feathers without paper piecing for those who like feathers and don't like paper piecing. Just saying....

True

Quilterinmotion thank you...it is my nephew's high school graduation so should be a fun time. Here is the link to the feather pattern you mention...it is not paper pieced, much easier and also gives a very different look http://oliviajanehandcrafted.com/blog/?p=3792

Quilterinmotion

True , you are so right. It is a very different look but for those who don't want to try paper piecing it is an option. That's why I mentioned it. Shapemoth's paper piecing designs are great; I've used quite a few!

Whose going to get the feathers? nephew?

HawkFan

I'm so glad the second one was much easier. Making beautiful things is nice but not if it's frustrating. Your end result is beautiful!!

True

Quilterinmotion oh I so agree! And I want to make the other kind as well. I do not know who will get this when I am done or even what size it will be. I may actually keep it:-)

True

HawkFan you are my hero!!! Thank you both for the nice words AND for the help.

Readerowl

Love these feathers. I love the AMH ones too, and plan to try them one of these days...

HawkFan

You would have gotten there on your own, I just maybe sped up the process.

True

Readerowl thank you! I loved watching them "become" as I did each section...

True

HawkFan :-)

Quilterinmotion

True , maybe we need to have a AMH feathers Sew Along next as there seem to be a few people (like me) who really want to make them but don't see to get to it!!!! Good luck, True , the feathers you are making will make up into something really lovely. I can't wait to see what that will be.

sew_what

Your feathers are stunning!

True

Quilterinmotion OMG great idea!! I just love seeing them in all the different fabrics and colors. I want to do some in pink, yellow and green.

True

sew_what thank you so much!

Quilterinmotion

True , we could do some kind of sew-along, swap so we got all different colors since each feathers consists of many colors. Let's let it percolate and see what comes of it. Maybe others will give us their thoughts on this. I would admin if I were a better computer tech person!!!

HawkFan

Quilterinmotion I would definitely be in for a sew along or a swap!! Great idea Marsha

True

HawkFan Quilterinmotion maybe could do it as part of Progressiive Swap? Not exactly sure how that works for something like this but Adurey and Mymble know

True

Ok Audrey is clearly not spelled correctly above;-)

Mymble

True Hmmm...very interesting idea- so essentially this could be organized the same way Audrey did the fussy cut square block swap- everyone makes a preset number of "feathers" -send them with a SASE to the administrator, who then mixes it all up and sends everyone back an assortment of feathers- sounds doable - we have swap spaces open in Progressive Swaps starting with August if anyone wants to organize this one- my only red flags on this would be a) background fabric-either designate all the same ( i.e. kona snow for example) or allow everyone to choose any neutral and b) this block goes together in a bit longer time, so may want to limit the number each person makes to what the group ( or those of you have made one) feels is reasonable within the time constraints. If someone wants to run it outside of the Progressive swap- as it's own group that is another way to go - no one should feel that they have to run a swap in the Progressive Swap group :) - I've actually considered renaming the group The Neverending Swap ;) LOL

True

Quilterinmotion Mymble HawkFan thanks Margaret! And like name change LOL;-) So Marsha there is one option with some great suggestions as well!! And I have not made the AMH feather so we would have to figure out how long it takes to make it. I think with tutorial I posted you would actually get several from the method the blogger used.

Quilterinmotion

True , in looking at both the tutorial (Which is a really good one) and AMH's method you get a number of them out of one group of fabrics stitched. It would work well as a part of the Neverending (LOL) as well. I agree we'd want to designate a background color. I wouldn't mind being the one to get everyone's feathers and send them back out. I would have to find some time to make up the feathers to see how many we'd get and I will try to do that (soon) so can figure out what month would be good. It just can't involve mailing in October as that's my "on the move" month. I'll see what I can do and hopefully True , Mymble and HawkFan can hold my hand when I try to get it up and running (posting wise). This is exciting!!!!

Mymble

Quilterinmotion Awesome Marsha- we will definitely be with you every step of the way- and pick a time that works best for you...if you do go with the Neverending Swap ( looks like it may officially become that!!!) be sure to let me know under the thread titled Hostess sign up- so that I save the month you want!! This is a great swap idea- definitely branching out and in a wonderful direction!

Quilterinmotion

True , it says she gets "about 7 from 22 inches of fabric strips. I will try to make a set up soon, promise.

Quilterinmotion

Mymble , I will do that as soon as I get to make up a set to see how many we can get out of a particular size strip. Thanks for your support.

HawkFan

Quilterinmotion woohoo sounds great and I'm happy to help in any way I can. Mymble I love the name change idea. That seems a better fit for it

Aizome

Great feathers!!! They are so trendy and I love them!!!

Aizome

And the pattern is free??!!! Wow! Just downloaded it. heartpulse

True

Aizome thank you and I know FREE!! And I just love them...

Caribousmom

Perfect border choices!!!

True

Caribousmom thank you...I am loving making it and how it looks!

Florence

The feathers are great, but I have a weakness for the border !!! ( not sure this expression exists in English ...)

Quilterinmotion

I think this is a great way to use those feathers, True . Love your geese and they fit right in. Lovely colors.

True

Florence I hear you I love that border!! And perfect expression:-). Thank you...

True

Quilterinmotion thanks Marsha I really love this one so far!

Caribousmom

That flying geese border is SO great!

True

Caribousmom thank you...it sure is fun and very easy! I have other borders on and top is done just too late for a good picture!

Skynme

It's my turn to stalk you today lol. This looks AMAZING!!! I see that jellie quilts is going to repost it, congrats!!! It really is beautiful, I love the the colors together( it's an orange and blue month). You did such a great job on this, you should be very pleased with yourself!

True

Skynme LOL well at least we know who is watching us!! ;-). Thank you I am in love with it and now have to figure out how to quilt it! How did you see she is going to repost it?? I am keeping this one...

Skynme

I thought she asked you on IG to repost? Maybe I'm crazy, but I thought I saw it yesterday when we were contemating borders

True

Skynme I will go look I may have missed it!! Thanks...sometimes my iPad and I do not speak the same language ;-)

Caribousmom

I really love this, Mary. Your final color choices for the outside borders are perfect.

True

Caribousmom thank you so much! On Instagram yesterday Skynme and I were saying I needed your vote as I was deciding... Were your ears ringing (since we were talking about you;-)

Caribousmom

True LOL. Well you clearly did not need my vote - perfection!!!

HawkFan

I saw her request to re-post too and was so thrilled for you. It is a beautiful top!!

True

HawkFan thank you! She made my day...

Quilterinmotion

I love the borders; beautiful in total. I see you gals are on IG. I need a lesson or two as I'd love to get on but have no idea how/what/etc.

True

Quilterinmotion thank you... I am in no way an expert on IG. I just downloaded it and kind of looked to see what others were doing and how and copied what I saw. I also googled directions to help me learn how to do what...

Clairealex

Lovely quilt! I especially like the flying geese border to keep the feather theme boing. The big feathers are the neatest patterns I've seen for them. And I love your color choice!

True

Clairealex thank you so much. I have to give most the credit for this awesome fabric selection to Julie for Intrepid Thread. It was part of a half yard bundle I got from her store and then I selected from the bundle the ones I wanted to use...and added in some others from my stash.

Clairealex

So long as you "select from" and "add to," you get the credit. :-) But I do know what you mean about it helping when you get a start in the right direction.

True

Clairealex :-) good point;-)!!

Skynme

You already know how I feel about this, but I can't love it enough.

True

Skynme thank you Erica...we have to stop meeting like this;-)

HawkFan

You do such an amazing job machine binding (why can't I get mine to look like that!?) and I love the way you quilted the border.

Caribousmom

Just stopping by to say "I love it" again...quilting is great. You better win something for this one! And I'm with Audrey on your binding, too - fabulous. I need to learn how to do that!

True

Caribousmom HawkFan thank you both...the border quilting was a moment of "I have no clue that to do let's just go for it" and then I loved it.

True

And thank you both about binding...I have grown to really love doing it this way and it is so much faster... So with working full time increases my sewing time without hurting the final quilt...IMHO

Awesumpunk

I found a really amazing pattern too for feathers, adn I think I'm gonna start it tonight!

True

Awesumpunk where did you find one? I have become obsessed with feathers...so please share!!

Terryt1955

IS it wrong that I love the border the best? There's just something about those flying geese oscillating that just appeals to me. And can't wait to see what ribbon you bring home!

True

Carolmarie thank you I just loved making this and love the final quilt!! It was so fun to make.

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