I’ve made two feather blocks so far for the Selvage Along. I’m saving my Carolyn Friedlander Botanics selvages from my paper pieced BOM project for a third feather block, the AMH feather that Renee of Quilts of a Feather posted a tutorial for. In all likelihood this third feather will not be done (or even started) by the time the selvage along concludes in September. I need to realize my limitations and I just don’t have the time for too many projects right now. But I have printed the template and I have enough selvages for at least three feathers so I plan for it someday to be a mini quilt for my sewing room (aka the guestroom). I believe this is exactly what Renee is doing as well so stop over to her blog next month to see the finished project.
The first feather block I created is for my daughter.
I used short selvages from a plus sign toddler bed quilt I started last year. It was one of my earlier projects and the fabric isn’t designer or anything, but the colors are so pretty together. The selvages don’t really read as selvages from a distance, but all the fabric was purchased as a fat quarter pack and that’s the selvage end I was given.
If you look really closely you can tell.
But far away? It just looks like a feather.
This was pretty easy and if you want to make your own, here’s how I did it. I don’t have in process photos (sorry I’m not sorry but I was too busy simply ENJOYING the process) but you are all smart so you can figure it out without visual aids.
I first started with a paper template to make sure my plan would work. Special thanks to my kids for allowing me to borrow their crayons.
My plan is based on fairly short selvages sewn into rows.
Cut a V shape.
Remove the center section and what do you get? A feather!
Then I sewed it up with scrap fabrics to see what it looked like.
Hmmmmmm. Yeah, that wasn’t quite right. Looks more tree-like. Feathers really need that angled top to read as feathers. Not to worry, that’s an easy fix!
STEP 1: Sew your selvages together in rows. (Oh hey, I found a picture of this! Go me.) I used a small seam allowance since my selvages weren’t very tall. About an eighth of an inch. Add an extra big piece of your background fabric to the bottom edge.
STEP 2: Cut an even V shape, measuring exactly the same distance from each side. Unless you want wonky feathers. Which, hey, you might. Wonk is popular in the quilting world.
STEP 3: Sew an inch wide strip to the left side of your right feather half. Sew that to the right side of the left feather half. It’s really not confusing even though it sounds like it.
STEP 4: Trim the top and bottom so they are straight across and parallel to one another.
STEP 5: Fold your feather in half with the stem you created running down the middle and trim an angle into the top.
STEP 5: Open up your feather and sew a square of your background fabric to each angle you just made.
STEP 6: Trim the squares you just added to be level across the top and to match the angle of the feather sides.
STEP 7: Sew triangular shaped background pieces to each side (you’re going for a square-ish block here) and trim at the top and bottom to create even parallel lines again.
STEP 8: Add a long background piece to the top and bottom. I haven’t gotten to the bottom yet.
STEP 9: Square up your new feather block! Clearly I haven’t done step 9 yet. Do as I say, not as I do.
I didn’t measure anything and this project was completely improvisational. Which is probably why I enjoyed it so much! The white background pieces all came from my scrap bin, although I do have yardage to complete the project in the future. It’s just a simple Kona white I stocked up on at JoAnn’s with a coupon.
This is as far as I plan on going for now. I have yet to back, quilt and bind the plus sign toddler bed quilt I originally made from this fabric (I cannot decide on a backing fabric for the freaking life of me) and I’m not doing anything with this block until I tackle that project. Maybe the block will go into a pieced backing. Maybe it’ll be a pillowcase. Maybe a decorative pillow. Maybe a stuffed animal. Maybe a wall hanging. I just don’t know yet.
As for my second feather I made? Here’s a sneak peek:
I’m hoping to create one or two more and quilt as a mini art quilt for my son’s room. In a perfect world I’d have that done as a reveal for the last link up for the Selvage along, but these days, it’s far from a perfect world.
Have a great day all!
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P.P.S. Linking up with Renee at Quilts of a Feather and Jessica at Quilty Habit as well as Night Quilter for Tips and Tutorials Tuesday. Oh and Blossom Heart Quilts for Sew Cute Tuesdays. And while we are at it, Sew Fresh Quilts for Let’s Bee Social.
That’s the sides of the fabric where the manufacturer puts the stats and colors used (Father-in-Law, Aly.) You have to cut them off before you can sew up your fabric into something pretty.
I’ve kept them because that’s the thing in the quilting world.
Have I done anything with them?
Nope. They sit in a ziplock baggie in my sewing room (aka the guestroom) closet.
Renee of Quilts of a Feather and her quilting bestie Jessica of Quilty Habit (I’m in the market for a quilting bestie myself, applications being accepted now . . . crickets . . .) are hosting a selvage along on their blogs. See posts here and here for more info.
I haven’t fully decided how far down the selvage rabbit hole I’m planning to jump. I really want to catch up on my Paper Pieced BOM project, I have a galaxy star baby quilt and tag blanket I NEED to finish up before a friend’s baby is born (which is soon, people), my next Le Challenge (I won the last one, by the way, woot woot!) entry in the Wilderness theme (I have a plan already and fabrics purchased and pulled), and I was hoping to participate in the Midnight Mystery Quilt Along hosted by Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs (I have fabric pulled and even bought a brand spanking new OLFA rotary cutter since I’ve decided my old Fiskars needs to be reserved for paper pieced as it’s always dull thanks to constantly rolling over paper.)
Is it just me, or was that a really long grammatically incorrect sentence.
So we’ll see how much time I can squeeze in for the selvage along. I’m hoping to do some sort of reverse applique mini quilt (ignore the fact I know nothing about reverse applique yet) and maybe something with feathers. Renee has a tutorial coming up plus I think this free pattern and tutorial (maybe enlarged or maybe a few sew lines removed to allow for larger pieces and more info) might be great too. I have no idea how well selvages work with paper piecing as they tend to be thicker. I’m really drawn to selvages set on an angle like this leaf pattern.
We’ll see what inspiration strikes with these . . .
It’s a fairly small pile so whatever gets made will be fairly small as well.
Have a great weekend all!
Most days I feel like I take a decent picture. Yesterday was not one of those days.
This picture stinks and the colors are so off but at least the block is done right? I’m really getting motivated to catch up on this project. I feel like I’ve been working on it forever and a day. Once I catch up there’s only two months left! Two more 6×12 blocks and one 12×12. I’m excited to complete this quilt and hang the finished product on the wall of the master bedroom. I’ve decided the blocks are too busy to be sewn directly next to one another so I ordered some sashing from the Botanics line in Crosshatch in White and it arrived yesterday. I have the backing bought AND the binding (although my first choice in binding, Line Sratch in Ash, I could not find anyfreakingwhere so I compromised with another grey from the line.)
Stop back in next Friday for more progress!
Linking up with Janeen at Quilt Art Designs for Paper Piecing Party
The latest WIP I’m jonesing to finish up.
I realize I still haven’t blogged about the last WIP I finished. I’ll get to it. Pinky swear.
I pieced this at least four months ago after I picked up a charm pack of Malka Dubrowsky’s From Outside In for $5 and decided I needed to try my hand at half square triangles. I learned I do not especially like half square triangles. Too much trimming. Still, it made for a bright and pretty quilt top. I haven’t measured lately but it’s about 30 something by 40 something. Baby quilt size. Or in my case, snuggle up in the carseats in the cold winter when we’re driving size. I no longer have “babies” and this quilt was too much trouble to put together to give away.
NOW I get why you are supposed to press half square triangles OPEN. Bulk. Oh the bulk, people.
This quilt is a little out of my norm because of all the primary colors. It’s happy and pretty and other than a quilting issue I’m having I really like it. I’ll post about that soon when it’s all finished (and I figure out to fix a decent sized boo-boo) and photographed.
I mentioned before that I found this great blog called Le Challenge. Each month there is a new theme and the challenge is to create something in any media inspired by the theme in the given time frame. If I can take a moment to be nostalgic, it reminds me a bit of my Foodie Pen Pals Chopped Challenge days. I still love re-reading those fun blog posts. I just put “Ratsy” in the donation box (sob), STILL photograph food in trees thanks to this post (also, those were DARN good cookies) and my Big Balls musical parody post . . . it’ll always be a classic in my book.
Sorry, I’ve segued.
This month is DIRECTION and my first time participating. Here’s my entry:
Up and Down and Around and ‘Round and Back Again
Finished size: 13.5 x 22 inches
The official title of this mini art quilt is “Up and Down and Around and ‘Round and Back Again”, inspired by a Jim Croce song. I adore Jim Croce. A.D.O.R.E. If he were alive I’d sell the house, buy an RV, pack up the family and be a groupie. I would. I seriously would. I listened to Jim 24/7 in the car when I was pregnant with my son, to the point that when Sweetey Petey was fussy Jim was the only music that would calm him down.
When I read the theme direction my first thought was “do not make any flying geese.” That’s a quilting term for a triangle made by adding two squares of a background color to the top corners of a rectangle for those of you not in the know (Father-In-Law, Aly.) Making flying geese would be too obvious a choice.
My second thought was to quilt sweeping curves, representing a large permaculture landscaping project my husband has been working on, symbolic of the direction he’s leading our family.
Nope. Scrapped that thought. I wanted this project to be about ME. Sorry, honey.
I decided it would be free form. Inspirational. No measuring. Life really can’t be measured anyway. It would lead me the direction it wanted to go. With a quilt from a Tula Pink book fresh in my mind, I cut and sewed five cotton & steel prints in six strips together. Various widths, about ten inches long. Fabrics from my stash. Fabrics I love. Colors that played nicely with one another, that made me happy. Then I placed the block I had created on a few similarly sized pieces of Moda Grunge Vanilla and sliced away, creating triangle shapes.
I sewed the vanilla triangles to the Cotton & Steel triangles and arranged them by direction. Up. Down. Around and ’round.
I learned that the direction you press your seams is important to how the quilt top lays. Whether one portion pops out more than another. I pressed the seams IN around the “pennants” as my F-I-L called them and pressed all the rest open. So the pennants popped out. I also quilted triangles in the negative space, allowing the pennants to pop out even more while reinforcing the triangle theme. The binding is the same Moda Grunge as the quilt top. I didn’t want to box the triangles in. I wanted them to have the chance to continue on and out if they chose. Up. Down. Around and ’round.
I cannot tell a lie.
The fact that “North” is written on the pennant pointing north was a happy accident.
As a SAHM there are days when I feel like I’m running in circles. Around and ’round, chasing my tail. Dishes. Laundry. Breakfast. Dishes. Lunch. Dishes. Laundry. Nap (not for me of course). Dinner. Dishes. Repeat. This quilt is symbolic of those days. Those days that seem circular and cyclical and on repeat. But despite those days, each season of our lives leads us onwards and upwards. Sometimes down, sometimes around and ’round but always eventually up! I mean, someday the kids will be old enough to do the dishes for me, amiright?!?!?!?
The back of the quilt is a fierce lion.
Okay, maybe not so fierce. Still, he makes me happy. Look at that face!!!
This quilt now hangs in the guest room, which doubles as my sewing storage room (all official sewing is done at the dining room table.) I love it. It reminds me how much I love my kids and my family and my season in life and no matter how many dishes I do in one day we are always moving forward as a family in God’s light according to His will.
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Finish It Up Friday
Month 5 in the Beginner Paper Pieced BOM is a larger block and instead of making four, I only need to make two. Here’s the first one DONE:
The block is supposed to look like this:
I didn’t love how the bottom half was cut into two separate patterns, so I made a mirror image of the log cabin portion of the block and set them next to one another instead. I wish I had added another color in for contrast, but other than that I think it looks great.
I haven’t fully decided on block two, but I’m leanings towards just doubling the other half of the original bottom pattern with the triangles. It will be green and white though. That much I know.
I’ve also found a great blog called Le Challenge and I recently finished up a mini quilt for their monthly challenge. The theme is “Direction” and the instructions are simply to create a project in any medium using your interpretation of the theme.
Here’s a sneak peek of the backside of my creation:
The full reveal won’t be till mid month. I love this quilt already. It came together in three days, used several of my favorite Cotton & Steel prints and just makes me happy. It’s already hanging in my sewing room (aka The Guest Room).
I’ve also photographed my new Cotton & Steel blenders for Sunday Stash and photographed three other completed projects as well. One of these days I’ll get them blogged. I’d love to get all caught up with what I want to share so everything from then on can be current projects. Ha!! Wishful thinking. I’d rather be sewing than blogging.
Chat at ya soon(ish).
Linking up with Janeen at Quilt Art Designs for Paper Piecing Friday. Her arm is still keeping her from sewing, so please everybody say a few extra prayers for her!!! Thanks so much. Also Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday. Annnnnd My Quilt Infatuation for Needle and Thread Thursday.
I’ve now completed all four blocks for April in the Beginner Paper Pieced Block of the Month.
Here’s the final block for the month.
And the previous three blocks.
I’m still behind in this project. But I’ll get there.
No I didn’t stutter in the post title. I’m calling this quilt Origami Baby. So since it’s a baby quilt, that made the post title Origami Baby Baby Quilt. It has occurred to me that I should allow my husband the sole rights to name all my quilts as he is wittier than I am, as much as I hate to admit that. I like to think I’m witty, when really . . . not so much.
For the record, I took the above picture because I thought I was supposed to (gah, I almost never do that sort of thing.) But isn’t that the thing in the quilting world . . . having someone hold your quilt and taking a picture with their feet sticking out???
It seems to be. I then realized I need to be true to me and do my own thing. So I took a picture of my husband’s feet instead.
I swear he’s twelve feet tall in those boots.
Then to really sell the whole I’m marching to the beat of my own drum thing I took a picture of the Origami Baby baby quilt on top of the grill. Because when have you ever seen that??? Never. Probably never. Note to self: wipe off grill cover next time BEFORE putting quilt on top. Noted.
Okay, enough of the craziness. Let’s get down to who I really am.
Hi. I’m Joanna and I like to photograph things in trees. Or bushes. Sometimes bushes. Occasionally on moss covered rocks. Ok, there was that one time I used the blacktop driveway to photograph cookies, but I swear I didn’t eat those particular cookies. Ok, ok, ok, and the woodpile. Cookies on the woodpile. Did I mention I used to be a food satire blogger? Yeah. I did. If you have no idea what a food satire blogger is . . . well, join the club.
Drum. Dum ditty dum ditty dum dum dum.
Enough of that, back to the quilt.
Inspiration for this quilt came from here. I purchased the origami boat paper pieced pattern off Etsy and couldn’t be happier! I adore that little boat. You saw it once before here and you’ll be seeing it again I am quite sure.
I’m loving the wavy quilting – I think it was the perfect choice.
This was my first try at applique as well and I think it turned out great.
To this day I still can’t seem to get the tension set just right so you can see the pink bobbin thread peeking through the top.
Now I either utilize this on purpose for effect (I have an art quilt still to share where it actually looks great) or I just keep the bobbin thread the same color as the top thread. It is what it is. I’m still new at this.
I get better and better at binding each time I do it . . .
. . .but the corners still gave me some trouble on this quilt.
I finished this quilt up a few months ago so I’m happy to report I’ve gotten even better. Here’s a sneak peek at the art quilt I finished. I’m super proud of this binding. Definitely my best yet.
Fabrics used on this quilt:
Birds: Cotton & Steel – All The States in Pink
Sky: Moda Grunge (I think Sugar Cookies)
Water: I’m starting to rethink adding this info to the blog post . . .
Binding: . . . cause I really don’t want to hunt down the info
Backing: oh geez, it was on the clearance rack and that’s all I remember
And that’s all she wrote. And by she, I mean me, because I’m done for the day.
As is my new norm, comments are closed. Here’s why. Thanks for understanding.
P.S. I have finished the Rainbow Bed Runner! I just haven’t photographed it yet. Other than the fact I forgot to increase my stitch length on the binding, it turned out pretty well.
I’m sure I will link this post up to some cool places. I’ll add links as I do.
Sew Fresh Quilts for Let’s Bee Social. My Quilt Infatuation for Needle and Thread Thursday. Quilt Art Designs for Paper Piecing Friday. Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday. Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I Get a Whoop Whoop. (I don’t make up these link names, but I’ll try to learn how to “whoop”.)