Friday, 26 April 2013

Flamboyant feathers

For the first time, I'm linking up with Leah today. I'm going to bombard you with more quilting-in-progress (last one before the final reveal, I promise). It's turning into quite an epic quilting adventure, but I'm extremely pleased with the results. I've done a bit more triple stitching. Love how it looks!


I got a wee bit bored after a while, so I decided to start the borders. It's such a pretty quilt I decided to try some free-form feathers around the border. I have done feathers before (on this quilt) but these are way more fun, and I'm much happier with how they're coming out. The first one was awful, and got ripped out - but I learnt from my mistakes (make sure the curves in the foundation line are really gentle!) and the others have come out really well.


 I've decided to continue the triple stitch behind the feathers (as you can see from the tiny section I've done). I'm hoping to get the quilting finished in the next week or so - but we'll see how it goes. I've been quilting for a few hours each night and it's still got a long way to go!

Hope everyone has an awesome weekend.
xx Jess

37 comments:

Sharon said...

Your quilting looks fantastic, I like this quilt. I am so impressed by people good at free motion quilting because I think it's so difficult!

Susan Owenby said...

Looks FANTASTIC. The lines really do make the background interesting and POP the flowers. Good for you!

sharpie said...

Holy amazing!!!

LT said...

Jess what great use of the triple stitch and I think it was a good decision doing up to the feathers. It looks awesome already, the final product will be a beaut!

needle and nest said...

Jess, your FMQ is incredible! I really love that you combined the free glowing feathers with the straight lines of the triple stitch - they create such beautiful contrasts in texture.

Anne said...

Oh, I'm very impressed with your FMQ. Nice texture to a beautiful quilt.

Kirsten said...

This looks amazing Jess! I really love how your feathery quilting compliments the curvy shape of the Retro flowers.

Patchwork and Play said...

I am in awe of your quilting skill! This is going to be one seriously beautiful quilt!

Jenelle said...

On a home machine too! You really are very talented Jess. I love how this is coming together.

Quilting In The Cold said...

Wow those feathers are beautiful. It is going to be such a gorgeous quilt!

CitricSugar said...

You've made me reconfirm my vows to learn to do feathers someday. They look so very pretty, Jess...

Jessica said...

Your quilting is awesome! I love feathers but haven't tried them yet, you are inspiring!

JaneB said...

Wow I would so love to be able o quilt like that. I love your feathers!

A Quilter's Mission - Vicki said...

Can hardly believe that this is FMQ! I am just learning how to FMQ, and have forever to go. What a gorgeous quilt. Anxious to see it completed.

Nicky said...

Wow - looks amazing! Think I'm going to be making quilts with more negative space in future - just so I can quilt more! What about you?

Annabella said...

Bombard away - this is looking incredible! You are a clever thing aren't you? Your retro flowers are quite rightly being given star treatment - can't wait to see where this goes next!

Nat at Made in Home said...

It is amazing jess! I don't how you have the patience to do it!

Sarah said...

wow. Feathers are looking great. But I am totally enamoured with that triple stitch, soooo clever!

Melissa said...

Your feathers look awesome!!

krislovesfabric said...

What a beautiful job with the feathers!

Di said...

Oh my! Your quilting is fantastic. Di x

Charlotte said...

blimey, lady - you're amazing!

Katy Cameron said...

Oooh, those feathers look absolutely fabulous dahling! I sent my retro flowers off to someone else to add feathers to ;o)

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

I think I will spend my weekend crying because I can't fmq like you ;)
It is awesome Jess!

Janine said...

Those borders are wonderful. I can't wait to see it finished :)

Anorina (Samelias Mum) said...

Absolutely beautiful x

sherry said...

stunning simple and i love it

Curly Anna Quilts said...

Your quilting looks beautiful. I can't wait for the final reveal!

Anna said...

Love the feathers! Can't wait to see the whole quilt finished!

Kelly said...

Your FMQ just gets better with every quilt - Gorgeous!!

Kelly said...

Your FMQ just gets better with every quilt - Gorgeous!!

Elaine Judge said...

I love this quilt :)

Danih03 said...

It's very pretty! Your feathers are gorgeous!

LAQuilts said...

Your feather are so beautiful. I hope to get better at mine.

Renee said...

Wow it looks awesome! I love that big feather around the border, can't wait to see the finished quilt!

Heather D. said...

Amazing. Gorgeous.

Jeanne in Ohio said...

Your quilting looks fabulous! I especially love the feathers.