21. September 2015 · Comments Off on Paper Pieced Selvage Feathers – Quilted · Categories: Paper Piecing, Quilting, Selvage Along, Sewing · Tags: , , , , ,

Well.  I had hoped this project would be done by today . . . but it’s not.  I’m full of excuses if you want to hear them.  Family member with a back issue.  Farm chores.  Cranky daughter with TWO molars coming in.  Kitchen painting prep.  Son with an upcoming birthday that needs planned.  House that needs cleaned all the freaking time.  Shall I go on?  I’ll stop.

Unfortunately as this is the last link up party for the selvage along, my motivation to actually finish this is gone.  In all reality I probably won’t touch it again for awhile and the only sewing I’ll be doing in the near future is a birthday bunting and then some Christmas presents.  I kinda suggested to my family we all do handmade Christmas this year and somehow the year has completely gotten away from me.

Pesky life.

I’ll stop whining and just share pictures instead.  That’s all most of us are here for anyway!

I do have the top completely quilted!  Go me!  Unless I decide to do the little triangles at the top of the feathers.  Which I might. Someday.

I started with my selvages on the woodpile so I might as well end there, right?

Quilted Front RW

Don’t lecture me on my ironing skills.  I loathe it.  I have seen something called “Flatter” out and about in the quilty interweb so maybe I’ll give that a try next time.

Quilted Back RW

I’m pretty happy with the quilting.

Quilted Quiting Back RW

Quilted Quiting Back 2 RW

I just love quilts with the sun shining behind them.

Quilted BackLit RW

And while the sun is out, how about a lovely starburst, just for funsies?

Quilted Starburst RW

Maybe a little wind too, to go with the sun.  It really is a gorgeous day here!

Quilted Windy RW

If you want to make these feathers yourself, I have a link to the free pattern and tutorial by Blossom Heart Quilts in my very first selvage post.

That’s all I’ve got.  It’ll probably be pretty quiet around here for awhile till I get the kitchen painted and the party planned.

Linking up with Renee of Quilts of a Feather and Jess at Quilty Habit.  Thanks ladies for the push to create this and especially to Renee for all the advice!!!

– Joanna

20. August 2015 · Comments Off on Paper Pieced Selvage Feather · Categories: Quilting, Selvage Along, Sewing · Tags: , , , ,

Once again, another selvage feather that doesn’t read as selvages.

Feathers P 2 RW

Meh.  I’m still happy.

Ready for a bunch of repetitive pictures?

Feathers P 1 RW

Feathers P 4 RW

Feathers P 5 RW

Feathers P 6 RW

Feathers P 7 RW

Feathers P 3 RW

See?  There are selvages mixed in with the Kona solid white.  More Grunge fabric for the aqua background fabric.  I swear, if Grunge came in more colors I wouldn’t even look at another Kona solid again.  I LOVE Grunge fabric.  Love.  Love.  Love.  Almost as much as Cotton & Steel.  No worries though, I’m using some C&S for the back.

Feathers P 8 RW

I picked up a half yard of these birds for the backing.  Perhaps I should have cut the selvage off and used it in the feather?

Feathers P 9 RW

Feathers P 10 RW

Since I started writing this post several weeks ago, I’ve made one and a half more feathers in various colors for this project.  And that’s pretty much the only sewing I’ve done lately.  Only one half of a feather still to sew, then sewing the feathers together, adding a border, basting, quilting, squaring up, binding and hanging it in my son’s room.  At the rate I am sewing, that’ll take me three months.  Or more.

Click here for more posts related to my selvage projects such as my easy improv feathers tutorial.

Feathers C 3 RW

– Joanna

Places this post will probably be linked up to . . . Quilt Art Designs for Paper Piecing Party, Mollie Sparkles for Sunday Stash, Sew Fresh Quilts for Let’s Bee Social,  Freshly Pieced for Work in Progress Wednesday, My Quilt Infatuation for Needle and Thread Thursday, Quilts of a Feather and Quilty Habit for Selvage Along Mid-way Check In.

10. August 2015 · Comments Off on Easy Selvages Feather · Categories: Quilting, Selvage Along, Sewing · Tags:

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.

Feathers C 1 RW

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.

Feathers C 2 RW

But far away?  It just looks like a feather.

Feathers C 3 RW

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.

Feathers C 4 RW

Remove the center section and what do you get?  A feather!

Feathers C 5 RW

Then I sewed it up with scrap fabrics to see what it looked like.

Feathers C 6 RW

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.

Selvage Fabric RW

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:

Feathers P 1 RW

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!

– Joanna

P.S.  If you are new here, thanks for visiting!  I currently keeps comments closed (here’s why) but I might turn them back on someday.  I have no idea when.  In the meantime, I am happy you are here!

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.

25. July 2015 · Comments Off on Selvages · Categories: Quilting, Selvage Along, Sewing · Tags:

Selvages.

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.

Selvage 1 RW

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.

Moving on.

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 . . .

Selvage 2 RW

Selvage 3 RW

Selvage 4 RW

It’s a fairly small pile so whatever gets made will be fairly small as well.

Have a great weekend all!

– Joanna

Linking up with Quilts of a Feather and Quilty Habit

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