Now that it's wrapped up and the kids are back in school, I've had a bit more time for new projects. I joined the Schnitzel and Boo Mini Quilt swap on Instagram and decided to make a version of Anna Maria Horner's Feather Bed Quilt (I was going to link it up, but it looks like her website is getting a bit of work done). My partner likes bright and bold fabrics, so I used a mix of shot cottons (my favorite) and some Cotton + Steel basics on an Ivory Essex linen.
The free pattern calls for strip piecing a grouping of fabrics, then cutting the feather sections out using a template. Since I knew I wanted each feather to have different fabrics, I ended up using the template as a guide for paper piecing. I cut each fabric into a strip that was about 1-2'' wide and 6 inches long, stitched and flipped them one by one until the template was covered, then trimmed the feather to size. It went very quickly! It's a technique I'd use again.
I quilted it with my latest favorite design, a diagonal grid.
It's backed with a bold print from Heather Ross' Briar Rose line and bound in more Cotton + Steel.
With the extra time, I'm also starting to restock my neglected etsy shop with items like these watercolor dyed pouches.
It's fun to get back to it! I hope you are all enjoying some creative time as well.