One Down, Nine To Go

Of course, I decided to go for the more complicated feather pattern, of the two I posted last time. I didn’t even bother to make a trial – I just decided to jump right in. So, here goes:

The pattern, traced on Golden Threads paper, and pinned to the quilt.


Partway through sewing. It wasn’t that much harder than the smaller feathers, but it did take longer to stitch. About 45 minutes to stitch the whole design.


All stitched.


Removing the Golden Threads paper. With the background of the paper removed, you can really see the pattern of the feathers. It took about 15 minutes to remove all of the paper, including using tweezers to get the tiny fiddly bits out.


And here it is, all done!


Just nine more to trace, stitch and remove the paper. Ha, nothing to it!

Pattern: On the Road to Minnesota, by Border Creek Station.


On The Road to Minnesota, Part 4

More feathers.

I finally finished quilting the feathers in the sashing between the blocks on this mystery quilt, On The Road to Minnesota, from Border Creek Station.


Now I have to design a feather quilting pattern to fit into the larger sashing space around the outsides of the blocks. The space is a combination of two sashing strips.


It’s an odd space, but it’s large and wants to be filled with something interesting. I have come up with two ideas. One is quite a bit more than the other. Here they are:



I haven’t decided yet which one I will use. The top one is my favourite. But on the other hand, there are ten of these sashing areas to quilt. That means making ten tracings of the pattern, and then stitching it ten times on the quilt. I think I might make a test sample of each one to see just how hard it will be to stitch them. That should help me decide. I am leaning towards the top one – I like how it fills the space.

see also these previous posts:

On the Road to Minnesota

On the Road to Minnesota, Part 2

On the Road to Minnesota, Part 3

On the Road to Minnesota, Part 3

I’ve finally started to stitch the feather pattern onto the actual quilt. I’m using the Golden Threads quilting paper, with my feather pattern traced on using regular pencil. Here is the pattern pinned in place on the sashing strip.

pattern pinned on quilt

Here it is stitched, with the paper still in place.

stitched feather with paper pattern

The paper is removed to reveal the stitched feather pattern.

stitched feather with paper removed

And here is a close-up of the stitching. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.

close-up of feather

I’ve now finished stitching two of the sashing strips, and have 5 more to go. Then I have to design a modified version of the feather for the larger outer sashing strips.

Pattern: On the Road to Minnesota, by Border Creek Station

See also:

On the Road to Minnesota

On the Road to Minnesota, Part 2.