My First Mini Quilt – Feather Treasures – this week was a delight to make. This “Feather Bed Quilt Block” by Anna Marie Horner appealed from the first moment I saw it a couple of weeks ago.
As I have been been at home most of the week with laryngitis and 4 small children on school holidays, the fabric delivery of these Dashwood Studio Fabrics from Wild Cotton Fabrics was a BIG highlight !! The Combination of fabrics and the feather bed Quilt Block Pattern is simply stunning.
I have used Dashwood Studios Cuckoos calling as the backing – and just love those gorgeous Cuckoo Clocks and little birds !! (Please excuse the few threads I have just noticed in this photo !)
There are a few hints I can give you now that I have made Feather treasures, to make your creations a little easier and without too much fabric wastage.
The link to the Quilt Block Tutorial is : www.annamariehorner.com/feather.bed.quilt.pdf
1. Strip piecing: cut your PDF pieces out first. Using WOFs you need to have a length of 18″ for the pattern pieces to fit on the angle! You can cut 3 Complete Feathers out of one WOF Strip piece.
In doing this there is quite a bit of fabric wastage, which is another reason why I have cut the four triangles of fabric left on the bias and created 2.5″ bias binding from them.
2. Paper piecing: This is the method I would choose next time I create this Quilt. I think it would certainly decrease the amount of fabric wastage. I think it would be a great beginners project to paper piecing!
3. Stem of the leaf: Great for your little long scraps. It is simply a 1″ strip. So look through your small scraps pile before cutting.
4. Background: This Mini Quilt took 1/2 yard of grey Kona Cotton Solid. At first Glance it doesn’t look like a lot of background, and I was surprised that it took most of the half yard.
Feather Treasures Mini Quilt Details:
Front: Feather Bed Quilt Block Pattern x3, Dashwood Studios Cuckoo calling range of fabrics, Cotton & Steel Tangrams, Kona Cotton Grey Solid.
Back: Dashwood Studio Cuckoo calling in Navy
Batting: 100% Cosy Cotton
Quilting: FMQ Designed by Sewn by Leanne, Gutermann Sulky Thread Navy 1044 and Silver 1011
Binding: Dashwood Studio Cuckoos Calling Range from Strip piecing.
My Thanks to Christine Healy for sharing this Block in Quilt Block Boot Camp, which is where is was this gorgeous Quilt Block first !!
Have a go, this Quilt block would be gorgeous as a Cushion Cover, Table runner, Wall Feature, Lap Quilt or Bed Quilt of any size !