feathers and pebbles

Even though I have tried not to start any new project and finish all the UFOs I have on stock, I could not resist to try paper piecing. I wanted to make some pillow covers for a good friend of mine. It is Mary’s birthday end of this month. I thought it was time to try out a pattern I had for some time on my mind : Feather Bed Quilt by Anna Maria Horner. I must admit I really enjoyed working on this project. The block with 2 feathers is 18″ x 18″ finished and it makes an ideal size for pillows.

When I thought how to quilt the pillow covers I gathered that free motion quilting is the only choice. I copied the shape of the feathers with a brownish thread and went for a pebble pattern for the background. As I haven’t done free motion quilting for some I changed my piecing foot to a free motion foot and started practicing on some scraps. I am happy with the result, free motion quilting requires a lot of practice. I have some days off in August and practicing free motion quilting will be on the top of my agenda.

Here the 2 different pillow covers :

feather pillows 1 - skalabara

feather pillows 2 - skalabaraA quilting detail – copying the feather shape and pebbles for the background :

feather pillows detail fmq - skalabaraFor the back side of the pillow covers I choose a beige/gold fabric and a zipper closure :

feather pillows collage - skalabaraHope you are having a wonderful summer, Barbora

6 comments on “feathers and pebbles

  1. skalabara says:

    Thanks! I did so much straight line quilting in the last few months, so it is time to make a change. Have a nice summer, Barbora


  2. knettycraft says:

    Your pillow covers are lovely and your friend will surely love them! Pillow covers are always thankful objects…. trying new blocks, new techniques and fast to finish. Fmq practising is on my summer agenda too…. I always feel I start at zero with it. Enjoy your summer. Annett


  3. Lovely work! Congratulations! 🙂


  4. knitnkwilt says:

    Great feathers! I love quilting pebbles (except for how long it takes). I also need to give more time to practicing, so I can do other patterns.


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