Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Birds of a Feather

If you follow the bi-annual happenings of quilt market, then you probably remember when the queen of craftiness herself showed up in this feathered frock when she introduced her Field Study fabric line. Oh, how the internet crafting world was all a flurry afterwards with various interpretations of her free feathers quilt project... and all with good reason. The pattern is fantastic!

There are various ways that you can make the pattern, depending on personal quilting preferences. One could use traditional piecing styles, the paper piecing method, or my all time favorite... freezer paper applique. I had fun making this pillow using snippits from Dowry and Pretty Potent, on a Chambray Denim background, and a little hand-stitching to make the feathers pop.

I thought it might be fun to share a few of my favorite projects that I found featuring the fabulous feather pattern:

1. Ms. Craftiness herself booth shot 2. Ants to Sugar invites you to find her mistake... mistake or no mistake, I love it anyway! 3. Grace and Favour mixes arrows (free pattern on the blog) and feathers 4. Badskirt's dark background quilt is stunning, and the backing is amazing too! 5. Field Study 6. I love the paper pieced birds that Sewing Wilde added to her feathers 7. Another great mix of feathers and arrows... and amazing quilting from Schnig-Schnag (german) 8. Three simple feathers with various low volume space from Blue Elephant Stitches - fantastic! 9.  Quilts by Emily, where Denyse Schmidt meets meets arrows & HST's 10. Olivia Jane Handcrafted features the Field Study collection in her quilt. 11. Modern charity quilt that NW Ohio Modern Quilt Guild created 12. Blocks from quilting bee members helped Charm About You finish her dream quilt.

If you are a little unsure about making the feathers or need inspiration for your projects, you can always join in on Ms. Horner's Creativebug class.

What about you... have you made any feather projects yourself? Leave a link... I'd love to see!

Linking up this week to Let's Bee Social


  1. I have feathers on my to make list! So many great ideas! I am thinking pillows!

  2. Hey! I have considered doing some - so they are sort of on a wish list. But WIPs first :)

  3. I love your feathers! You just reminded me that I printed this pattern off awhile ago and I haven't made one yet. Now I'm off to look for it! :)

  4. Beautiful pillow!!! I have not yet made feathers, but it's funny you post this now--just yesterday I printed the templates for Shape Moth's foundation paper pieced feathers!!! I am hoping to get started on them today!

  5. I have made a few feather blocks for a scrappy sampler quilt i am working on on:

    however my sister who doesn't blog or go on flickr made this stunning quilt:

  6. Mell, well since you seem to be knocking out your WIP's pretty quickly, then it might make it to the to do list sooner rather than later.

    Jen & Emilee... yes, put it on the list!

    Kitty, oh, I've seen this one before and now that I've really gotten into paper piecing, it's a good one to try!

    Julie, thanks for the links! I love the moody deep colors of your feathers... will you make a whole quilt, or a sampler quilt?


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