WIP – Faded Feathers

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Every month at work (I work for a small, high end fabric, sewing machine, and home decorating store) we feature a different fibre artist. For July, we’re featuring Patriotic Quilts. A few people have already put in their quilts, and are using very bright reds, whites, and blues.

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I’m trying to push myself out of my comfort zone when it comes to what I chose in colors and patterns for quilts, so I picked a pattern I’ve been eyeing for a while, and then went to my LQS for some Civil War reproduction prints.

I’m using Anna Maria Horner’s Feather Bed Quilt pattern, and Olivia Jane’s piecing tutorial to put it together. I’m trying to be better about researching a project (I love using blogs and the internet as a resource! Especially since I am always so far behind on the curve when it comes to patterns.), and like how much less waste I had when cutting the feathers for the quilt.

I made three sets of strips, to make eighteen full feathers, and enough left over to make a small patch in the back. I’m done piecing it (it took about a week on and off at work), and am working on quilting it.

Today I get to take a quilting class, and will hopefully put most of the top together today in class. I’m so excited to have a whole day of sewing!

Bento Box of Yum

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Mawwage! Mawwage is what bring us togewer today.

Or at least, inspired me to make this quilt. This is a gift for one of my oldest friends (in that she is a friend I have had for Some Length of Time) and her new and shiny husband. They both have a love for Japan and the colors red, white, and black.

I strip pieced the fabric, and then cut and pieced the blocks according to . Less cutting and opportunities for poor piecing? Sign me up!

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I quilted it in the ditch around the blocks, and with swirls in the border. I used my favorite (so far, I haven’t tried Aurafil, since we don’t carry it at work) quilting thread, King Tut, in a variegated black and red. It looks really cool on the back, too.

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I enjoyed putting this quilt together, and I hope that J & L enjoy it, too.