I’ve finished stitching all ten of the large feathers in the outer sashing of my On the Road to Minnesota mystery quilt. This quilt was my first attempt at free-motion feathers, and I am so pleased with how it has turned out. Although they are far from perfect, they look just fine when not being viewed close-up through my ultra-critical eye.
Here is a view of the whole quilt.
Another view, without the flash, so the feathers show up a little better.
And a close-up view. Again, not using the flash shows the quilting more, although the colours are a little bit darkened. The first picture captures the colours more accurately.
I love the way that the large feathers fill up that awkward double sashing, making it look like it was designed just for them. That big expanse of background fabric really needed something to spice it up.
In addition to the feathers, the entire quilt has in-the-ditch quilting around all pieced elements. Now I just need to add a little something to the large squares in the centre of the blocks. They seem a little too big to leave as is. The outer border might need a little more as well. But the end is in sight!
Pattern: On the Road to Minnesota
Designer: Border Creek Station
Quilting designs: my own