I am super excited to make a new feathers quilt with everyone. I am even more excited to see all of your ideas come to life. I know a few of you that have some concerns about this quilt being paper pieced. I assure you that this will be a great intro to paper piecing. I swear its less fussy then you think it will be. The most annoying part for me is peeling out the paper… and honestly the precise results I get from using this technique totally trump that annoyance. Also I cannot deny having my kids sit with me and peel away. I also want to make it clear… that I am here, to walk you through every block style. Hold your hand… uh I guess remotely? And help in any way I can. I am pretty sure Karen feels the same way. I want this to be helpful and for us to feel accomplished and maybe learn something new in the process. Ok enough mushy stuff… I have done this quilt both ways… going in order of the layout or sewing like blocks at once…. I find that sewing like blocks method is the fastest way, so we will focus on one block style each week.
December 20, 2013 – General Tutorial on Paper Piecing
January 3, 2014 – Blocks A&B
January 10, 2014 – Blocks C&D
January 17, 2014 – Blocks E&F
January 24, 2014 – Blocks G&H
January 31, 2014 – Blocks I&J
February 7, 2014 – Blocks K&L
February 14, 2014 – Blocks M&N
February 21, 2014 – Sashing / Joining rows
February 28, 2014 – Finishing up
March 14, 2014 – Deadline for finished quilt top entry
March 15, 2014 – Winner Announced
Today I want to talk a bit about how I plan my quilts. Feathers looks awesome in scrappy prints, solids, rainbow, or single tone. You pretty much can do anything… I even think it would be super cool to do a scrappy background in low volume prints… and bold colored feathers. It may be on my list to try. OR one of you can do it!
Robert Kaufman one of our super dooper sponsors… Sent me an awesome Kona bundle and background fabric to use. I am sure many of you have those coveted fabric bundles that you hesitate to cut into… #JUSTDOIT The background of my photo is Kona Storm– which will be the background of my quilt and my feathers will be The True Blue Bundle. The Aurifil Thread comes from the new Alison Glass Thread Box… which should be in her shop soon. I think these three work so well with my bundle. (shhh…. but Aurifil donated a AGD thread box for one of our prizes)
Alison has a few quilt kits available in her shop if you want to take the guess-work out of this project and make the quilt on our pattern cover. She also has Andover Chambray yardage in Navy… If you prefer to use your own scraps.
When I started to make my second quilt I realized that it would be helpful to have a coloring map. So you guys are super lucky…
I would use this to color and plan out how I want to layout my colors… I was being fancy today and decided to just use Photoshop to fill it… But I have just colored before… Basically I just plotted a general idea of where i want to place my values… a color representation of how I want my finished quilt to look. The colors are not precise but I will at least now know the look I want to achieve.
I then took my pile of fabric… (I had an easy job because it was a bundle and it was solid) and arranged it.
And now I am ready to prep!!!
I will now be printing all the A/B templates, that I need for the quilt. And then cut my fabric according to the color map and the cutting guide. It’s so much faster to do this in one shot. But I totally can see wanting to do this one block at a time and that’s totally ok too. Work in whatever way makes you comfortable.
I cut with the rotary right between the 2 templates. I am careful not to accidentally cut the template. But I don’t precise trim, until after I have sewn all the fabric on.
TIP: You will ruin your rotary blade when cutting through fabric and paper. I recommend swapping your new blade for a dull one so you don’t feel like you wasted a blade. Personally I have 2 rotary cutters. One that I label paper. I usually move my dull blades to my paper rotary cutter and use that until I dull another one.
I want to make sure to announce the fun #feathersQAL instagram contest winner. Congratulations IG user-BKLMWOOD… please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for your $25.00 Alison Glass Shop Gift Certificate. – we have another way to win a gift certificate below…
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