Thursday, April 11, 2013

More Feathers

I am still quilting feathers! Can't seem to get enough!


I wanted to see how this style of feathers and background fill would look on a bigger scale (for the bed sized whole cloth quilt I am planning).


Normally I use a 1/2" size grid for the background, but I used a 1" grid for this one.


This piece is 20" x 42", plain cotton with one layer of cotton batting and a half layer of wool batting on top. I used Invisafil thread on top, and Aurifil thread in the bobbin for the quilting.


I marked all the stems with a Hera marker before quilting.


Once all the feathers were quilted I divided the background.


I marked a 4" 'border' line from the outer edge.


I am using it as a buffet runner in my dining room. We recently painted the main areas of our home - they were 'cool' greens and beige,

this morning

but after six months of seeing snow outside, I wanted 'warm' colours, and chose orange for the dining room and two shades of gold for the rest.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

26 comments:

Lesley said...

Your feathers are exquisite. Love how accomplished you are, and how you always share the process. Wish we lived closer...you might see a few flimsies under your front door...giggle!

Ann Brooks said...

The quilt and the post are lovely and beautifully detailed. Thanks.

Janet O. said...

Absolutely gorgeous!
I can feel the warmth radiating from that wonderful color in your dining room. : )

What Comes Next? said...

just lovely, as always! Do you do a full size drawing of the design and use that to mark the stems on your fabric, or do you just freehand your stems in place? Your work is always so exquisite!

Ann J said...

What is there to say except absolutely beautiful !! How I wish I had a little of your talent !

Ann J, France

Susan Arnold said...

Beautiful feathers, beautiful designs! Do you stitch the feathers first, then the other designs? Is there backtracking involved or do you end the design and snip threads?
Just absolutely lovely designs--someday I'll get there!

Quilting Babcia said...

Your gorgeous runner is in a perfect setting in your newly painted dining room. How I love that color, it just radiates warmth. We once had a dining room in a similar shade and it always looked so welcoming.

YankeeQuilter said...

Those feathers are wonderful...and warm colors for a dining room are perfect!

Doniene said...

Joanne, I must confess that I have been reading your posts, but just not taking time to comment!! Your feathers are absolutely gorgeous!!!! You inspire me - I'm start to FMQ more!

Your dining room is lovely - so inviting!!

Blessings

Me and My Stitches said...

Beautiful! I am not brave enough to paint with "colors" in my house (neutral Nelly is my name!), but I love your dining room. Makes my tan look so boring.

Raewyn said...

Gorgeous!! Looks like a great practice piece to me - it's really interesting to see the photo of the two different scales. Love where you have put it as well.

Hannele said...

Fabulous feathers again! How did you do the background stitching? Did you draw a grid for it?

Carrie P. said...

it is stunning!

Rosa said...

Awesome and perfect in that place!

Julia said...

Beautiful, amazing feathers Joanne.
How you turned that plain piece of fabric to that stunning runner.
Wish I could be brave to paint bold colours...
Julia ♥

Gramma Quilter said...

Oh how beautiful are your feathers! I too am currently painting our basement. Lots of fun? It looks better after but so hard to pick colours from those little chips. I took my pallet from a quilt top, but of course the paint swatches are darker once painted. It least it is clean!

Quilt Rat said...

Beautiful.....such graceful lines....making me want to run to my sewing room. I have never tried using wool batting...just got some recently, any tips?

Soph said...

GORGEOUS!!!!!
AMAZING WORK!
Thanks
Regards
Sophie

SewCalGal said...

Absolutely spectacular FMQ Feathers. And your table runner looks fantastic on your hutch. Yumm.

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

Joan said...

You have excelled once again Joanne. Such beautiful quilting. I have never used a hera marker, but must look into it. I am SO looking forward to seeing the quilt you make. I know it will be quite stunning.You wall colour is gorgeous!

Sabine said...

Wow, this looks absolutely fantastic! Very beautiful!

Greetings from sunny Austria :)
Sabine

Rose in IN said...

Absolutely gorgeous! You do such beautiful work--amazing!

Julie C. said...

I sigh every time I see your feathers. The background detail is beautiful too. How do you use just a half layer of wool? Does it "peel" apart?
Julie @ The Crafty Quilter

Sharon said...

Oh my gosh! Your feathers are beautiful!

Jam-Quilts said...

Excellent work. Working on feather designs is so much fun ..

Beverly said...

Joanne, this is really beautiful work! Your feathers are awesome!

About your name: My actual last name is Threadgill, and my nickname throughout elementary, junior high and high school was "threadhead." When I started my blog a few years back, I couldn't believe how many other "Threadheads" there were!

Are we cousines?