Thursday, 23 February 2012

Fancy Feathers

Hi there,

I know I said I was going to do something other than feathers but I just couldn't help myself.  I bought a lucky dip selection of fabrics and found this beautiful navy taffeta and I had a reel of King Tut's ELS cotton just crying out to be used.
This is what I came up with.........

.......... a little wall hanging, 16" x 18".

I designed it myself but took my inspiration from "Feather Adventures , Vol 1" by Patsy Thompson.
A 'must have' book if you are a fan of feathers.


I only marked the spine and the rest is freehand. The leafy plumes coming off the feathers, I didn't mark at all.

For the flower I marked the center then just an indication for 4 petals - the other 4 would fit in between.
I had to use tailors chalk as my invisible pen wouldn't show up.


I used a thread to match the background and stippled it all over. It's worth mentioning that I used 2 layers of Hobbs heirloom 80/20 wadding becasue I wanted the plumes to look full and firm.


To finish it off, I made prairie points in a rainbow batik and placed them all aroind the edge.


I really love the thread build up on thsi piece and the effect.  It looks like an exploding firework.

Rhonda , from Quilter in the Gap is hosting this weeks TGIFF party and there are already several linkys there for you to peruse.  So why not take a minute and pop over.

Today I'm going to the 1st major quilt show of the year in Edinburgh.   Woooo hoooo!  My bag is empty and my purse is full - when I come home it will be the other way around.  I'll be back over the weekend with some inspiring quilty photos. ( I hope)
Enjoy your friday.
Rhianon.

17 comments:

Diane-crewe said...

have a wonderful time and may you have a penny left when you come home and it can "grow" ready for your next visit to a quilt show xx love the feather by the way xx

Helen in the UK said...

Quite simply STUNNING!! Can't believe you are relatively new to FMQ - your work says you are pro who has been doing it for years!! Enjoy your trip and spending spree :)

Happy Me said...

I have one word for your creation - GORGEOUS!! Thank you for sharing it!

Béa said...

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaah ! I'm totally discouraged !!! It's GORGEOUS.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Your feathers and flowers are fantastic to look at....that is a beautiful piece...have fun at the quilt show,

Mary Ann said...

I just love your piece and the prairie points really set it all off - thanks for sharing!

Debbie said...

Fabulous!!!! What a beautiful piece you created. Enjoy the show, too.

Laura said...

Amazing work rhianon! I must try using some shiny fabric too :)

Steve said...

Your quilting is fab. Love the fabric, and, I am a big fan of Superior thread and use King Tut all the time. Also try Rainbows if your machine will run with it. The colors are great. Love the prairie point binding too. The excellent finish!

Monika said...

WOOOOWWWWW!!! Now I WANT to go practise my FMQ, though I am sure it will take me a long time to be able to create anything only remotely as pretty!!!

Connie said...

This is so beautiful, your work is just as good as any expert!! Love the color of your variegated thread too, what kind is it!

Janine said...

This is wonderful! If I could feather like that I'd do it all the time :)

M-R said...

Oh, WOW! Rhianon, you have totally mastered feathers. This is fantastic! The prairie points are a beautiful accent too. Just stunning, m'dear! Looking forward to seeing what treasures you bring back!

LynCC said...

Rhianon, this is just AMAZING! I really like the flower coming off of the feather plume. Very nice, indeed.

Heather said...

Wow... this is simply gorgeous!! I love your feathers!!!

Ivory Spring said...

Your quilting is mouth-watering! You have outdone yourself!

Auntie Em said...

Wow, your quilting is magnificient!

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