Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Feather Bedding my nest

This all started as a 'what if' late at night a couple of weeks ago.  I was looking at the AMH website when  I saw the pattern and loved it.  Actually I was supposed to be looking and and downloading Spinning Stars ready to be swept up in another of Katy's QAL's.  I got completely distracted, ignored Spinning Stars and downloaded the Feather Bed pattern.

Then last week Jo at Saints and Pinners blogged her Feather Bed Quilt. This is actually a free quilt pattern by Anna Maria Horner available here.  It's been released to work with her new Field Study collection which is what Jo had used to make her quilt.

What had gone through my mind in those late nights was would this pattern work as a foundation pieced project - either paper or calico.

I said as much to Jo on Twitter last week and she got all excited.  Monday, with all the major stuff off my table, I get to work.  By Monday evening, I was extremely tired, cranky and finished but I did have two finished sample blocks

I used the cream fabric as it was what I had to hand.  All the scraps used are what most people would throw away. Strips under 2" wide, right down to saved selvedges.  I have three bags of teenies in my workroom ready to be used and this looks to be the perfect project to use some of them.

I'll also need another pack of paper and a black ink cartridge.  Each feather needs two copies of one page to complete if I choose to use the paper option.

All that's left to do now is find a background colour and feather spine colour that works and I like.


  1. Oh, I love those feathers so much! It is a good idea to make them paper pieced (at least if you want to use up smaller scraps or are doing a smaller amount of feathers).

  2. Love that pattern. It looks a little difficult.

  3. they are gorgeous and what a grest idea for using up scraps...I've got bags and bags of small offcuts! Found you via sewhappygeek! :)

  4. Lovely! I am doing the Katy's SS QAL, but now that I've seen your feathers I think I will start making a few. I also save tiny, tiny scraps (I just can't seem to throw them away) so this might be a perfect project for those :D Thank you for sharing! Oh and I found this on the Linky Party at SewHappyGeek ;)

  5. Love it. The blocks are just gorgeous. Didn't I promise to send you something and then didn't? Please email me your full name and address again I promise you I will do what I promised. I just forgot. Look I'm old(ish), disabled and don't seem to have a brain anymore. It used to be really good and do you know that you won last night's prize from Talk Night 2? Just thought I would let you know that too.