Sunday, September 20, 2015

Selvage Feathers Quilt Runner

Selvage Feathers Quilt Runner

I finally finished this mini quilt, hurray!  It was a slow summer project I worked on during the Selvage Along (the last link up is tomorrow!).  I wrote a tutorial on how I made these AMH Feather Bed here: feathers with selvages.

Selvage Feathers Quilt Runner: measures 9" x 70"--specically to hang above my sewing room window.

I used up lots of selvages on the back too!

Selvage Feathers Quilt Runner: back

I had my husband take photos since it's such a weird shaped quilt and he can't hide behind it.  Things got a little silly:

Selvage Feathers Quilt Runner as a headdress.

Selvage Feathers Quilt Runner as a shawl.

Now for a bunch of close up photos!

Selvage Feathers Quilt Runner: feather #1 

Selvage Feathers Quilt Runner: feather #2

The background fabric is Kona Charcoal, and I quilted it with Aurifil #5004 (grey smoke).  I really enjoyed playing with the contrast of thread and fabric while also playing with new motifs!

Selvage Feathers Quilt Runner center.

Selvage Feathers Quilt Runner: feather #3

Selvage Feathers Quilt Runner: feather #4

My newest obsession are paisleys, and it was a fun challenge to find ways to quilt them:

Selvage Feathers Quilt Runner: quilted paisley

Selvage Feathers Quilt Runner: quilted paisley

Selvage Feathers Quilt Runner: quilted paisley

Selvage Feathers Quilt Runner: quilted paisley

I also started decorating my larger spiral:

Selvage Feathers Quilt Runner: fancy swirl/spiral

And of course I snuck a little snail in!

Selvage Feathers Quilt Runner: my signature snail 

I used Aurifil #2800 (mint ice) on the back.  The selvages on the back are sewn onto muslin (in the shingle method, to cover the raw edges).  Because of the extra layers I used a topstitch 90/14 needle, but otherwise FMQ normally without any issues.

Selvage Feathers Quilt Runner back.

While putting on my binding, it came up about 2" short (even though I was sure I had cut enough!), so I used a coordinating piece of selvage:

Selvage Feathers Quilt Runner: quilted bee and selvage binding patch

Selvage Feathers Quilt Runner: selvage binding patch and quilt label (from TagsToGo on Etsy)

21 comments:

  1. I really love the rainbow selvages on the back; knowing it is back there would bring me great pleasure when it is hanging in the room! Your quilting is stunning, and I am glad you showed the snail, I was worried I was going to need to look through the 4 feather images to find it... although it would still make a fun challenge.

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    1. I found it! 4th feather photo along the bottom. Hurray! :)

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  2. These pictures are great!! Especially that first one of you standing with your runner. I love the rainbow on the back - it's totally double-sided. Great idea to hang above your window! I was just looking at mine, pondering what I could put up there, thanks to you! ;)

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  3. I love this. I need to start saving selvages. Love the FMQing!

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  4. This is such a fun piece! The quilting has a great sense of whimsy....now you've got me thinking I want something fun and whimsical in my room! LOL

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  5. Beautiful! I really love the selvedge back ! This has been a gear sew along...with selvedges. Thanks.

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  6. Gorgeous - such a fun use of selvedges :-)

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  7. Beautiful. And the back is pretty enough to use both sides.

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  8. This is absolutely incredible. I particularly like the bee in the quilting. x

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  9. Absolutely gorgeous! I love the rainbow on the back and the quilted butterfly the most.

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  10. I was waiting to see the snail :) The runner is gorgeous. I love all the different motifs you played with, and I think the selvage rainbow on the back is a great bit of secret pretty.

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  11. Beautiful! I love the idea of the rainbow in the back too! I am going to have to use your tutorial!

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  12. This is so awesome! I really loved all your pics. :) This is such a great way to use up all your great salvages. Your quilting is amazing as always. Thanks for linking up!

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  13. Great mini. I love feathers quilt and your quilting is beautiful. I must try this too. Thanks for the tutorial. Have a nice weekend.

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  14. As if those selvage feathers weren't awesome enough, you totally rocked the quilting. Absolutely gorgeous. I don't know if I'd have had the courage to use up so many selvages for the backing, but I guess it makes it reversible!

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  15. How amazing! I have always love AMH feathers and you killed them! The back is just as interesting and beautiful as the front. Your quilting is beautiful!

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  16. So pretty! Love all the details in your quilting.

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  17. This is so fabulous Renee! The feathers and the selvage strip backing are great! I'm so glad you showed your quilting in close up because it just is so amazing! I love the designs and the touches of whimsy you put in, like the snail and the bee.

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  18. I love your quilt - it's beautiful! Do you quilt in a longarm or home machine?

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    1. Thank you! I currently quilt everything on a home machine--a Janome 6300.

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  19. It looks great, both front and back. It also makes an 'interesting' headdress and quite a striking shawl.

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