Friday, 24 August 2012

A Feathered Heart.

Hi everyone.

It's so good to be back in my sewing room after the summer holidays.
I have so much to work on I don't know where to start!

Decided to go with a little ring cushion I promised my friend I would make for her wedding.
I thought a quilted heart on satin would be nice but a practice run was in order first.

This was my first attempt - ok except the plumes on the outer left hand side are going the wrong way!!

I saw this one on the internet - it's better, at least the plumes are going in the right direction but not keen on the ugly space in the center of the heart.

Back to the sewing machine....... 
Attempt no 3
Again my plumes are going the wrong way :(

Much happier with my plumes in this one but again the space in the center is ugly!

Back to the machine....

Finally on my 5th attempt, I produced something I was quite happy with.  This time I marked a small heart in the center of the bigger heart and this helped me keep a nice shape.

Phew - I was hours working on these.

I made 2 of the samples into minature cushions for my girls.

Next day, I quilted on satin for the ring cushion.  Everything went great until I realised the wadding ( a thick polyester)  I had used made unsightly bumps under the satin..........

Today, I'm going to do it again but use a superior quality hobbs heirloom 80/20 wadding, probably a couple of layers as I want the heart to look puffy.

Hopefully I'll be back soon with a finished product.

Enjoy your day

Linking up with Sarah's blog, Confessions of a Fabric Addict, so why not head on over to see what everyone else has been up to.


happydaysquilting said...

Its a pity about the polyeaster wadding as the last feather heart looked beautiful!
Feathers are tricky customers, I am spending quality time with my unpicker today after a feather fail, wish I had the good sense like you to use a test piece to practice a feather design on first.

LynCC said...

Yeah - bummer about that batting issue. The quilting looks fabulous now, though! I need to do a series like this to get un-freaked about quilting feathers!!

Larissa said...

Wow! I'm impressed with your dedication to trying this design so many times!!! I truly didn't even notice the feathers going the *wrong way* on the purple heart, lol, until you pointed it out!! Still looks gorgeous, and I have no doubt your girls will love their new cushions!!! ... Love the idea for the design (and purpose)!! .. And the fact that you're not afraid to use satin - really going to have to add that to the list of things to try!!! :) Enjoy your weekend!! Hugs!

JoAnne said...

I'm always impressed by your work, and this was a great post sharing how much you practise. I usually try to practise myself, but sometimes I think I can do fine without and usually pay the price (ripping). It is too bad the batting/wadding was a pain.

I really enjoy your posts!

Sew Gramy Sew said...

I love them all, it has inspired me to try that design just on any style of pattern. I like the smaller heart in the center. I think you might just have perfected it. The pillows really look great, you are soo good at the ruffle on the pillows too. I know one day you will pass the love of quilting down. look forward to seeing more of your work. Tammie from California

Queenie Believe said...

I really like the final design. It is perfect for a wedding ring pillow. I can't wait to see the finished pillow.
Have a wonderful day.
Always, Queenie

Sarah Craig said...

Beautiful, beautiful feathers! I really admire your devotion to detail and sticking to it until you got them just right..... Whoop whoop!!

Kati from Kati's Quilting said...

Oh my goodness, Rhianon, you just don't give up, do you? :) Your feathers look absolutely amazing! Did you mark the quilting lines, or just the heart shape? Thanks for sharing, I was hopping over from can I get a WHOOP WHOOP? You definitely deserve one! WHOOP WHOOP!!!

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