I finally got to start quilting the Pink Star quilt this week! I had a pretty specific plan in mind, but once I started it changed quickly. The star just seemed to beg for a circle frame (sorry in advance the photos are awkward, the quilt is so big!):
|I quilted a double ring using my walking foot.|
I measured from the center to the tip of each point to make sure they were all the same length (or within about 1/8") and then used a string to draw the circle before quilting it (I used a pink Frixon pen I can erase with the iron). You can see some of marks that weren't quite right in this photo:
|Some wonky lines in there! I quilted around each circle twice so it has a nice thickness.|
I spent a day or two trying to decide on what to quilt in the star points--they are about 30" from center to tip, and quite awkward to do in one go on my domestic machine. I finally decided on a modified plume feather--they're fancy peacock feathers that are able to fill different shaped spaces really nicely.
|Using a water soluble blue marker to mark the feathers.|
I started with marking the whole feather, but after quilting a few of them realized that I really only needed to mark the stem, top swirl and where to put the side curly ones.
|Marking only the stem, top and side curls on the peacock feather.|
I've been sharing a lot of process photos on IG (@quiltsnfeathers) and love all the instant feedback! Several people asked how I make them, so I'll put up a tutorial for these feathers later this week. After making 16 of them I have a few tips!
|Absolutely loving the texture from these feathers!|
Here's a peek at the back, in case you were wondering how cool they look:
|Quilting on the back of the quilt.|
Hoping to finish up the quilting on the star this weekend and figure out what to quilt in the negative space inside the circle.