Saturday, July 12, 2014

Quilting Feathers on the Pink Star Quilt

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.


  1. I like the idea of doing a double ring around the stars to really emphasize them, and the texture from the feathers looks super wonderful! I like how the feathers also have a double line down their middle, too, it is reinforcing the double ring a bit. I would probably play around with some more double line kind of themes in the negative space inside the circle that get softened by more swirls or maybe just double echoed waves? I'm just really digging the sets of two. :)

  2. Fabulous quilting! I need to start following you on IG!

  3. Feathers, of course! Those look awesome (front & back), and I look forward to the tutorial. I'm also looking forward to what you decide for the rest.

  4. Oh my goodness!! those peacock feathers are looking just awesome!! Inspiring as always :))
    XX! Lori

  5. Love seeing the process! It will be great :)

  6. Wow! You've been moving on this one. It looks gorgeous now, I can't wait to see it all done. Nice job!

  7. Wow - those feathers are stunning.

  8. That double ring is genius. Peacock feathers! <3 You always come up with perfect ways to quilt!

  9. The feathers look awesome and I think you're spot on with the double ring around the star. It looks great.

  10. So far sew good :) I love seeing the cool feather quilting on the back.

  11. I love these! They are different and look so neat. I can't wait to see what you are doing in the circle.

  12. That's it! I'm moving in so you can teach me your feathery ways!
    Absolutely gorgeous!

  13. Wow your quilting just gets better and better!! :-)

  14. Love it! Thanks for sharing your process photos...

  15. I just stumbled upon your blog and it is very inspiring to me. I do all of my own quilting on a domestic machine but haven't had the nerve to branch out like you have. Your work is beautiful and I hope to try some of your techniques.

    1. Thank you! Glad you found me and glad to be spreading the inspiration!