Patsy Thompson was the tutor for December and the challenge focused on multiple borders and variations of feather designs in borders. Given my time constraints, I decided to do the challenge on a lap quilt for my mother. It was meant to be a Christmas present but I had to unpick too many times, so didn't finish it on the day.
I had a few hiccups with quilting the border, including sewing part of the back onto itself, which had me pulling out the stitches again.
As I wanted to make the quilt wider, I used wider borders along the length of the quilt, which meant I had to use a different approach to the tutorial. I started off with feather borders. Given that the filler in the blocks were feathers as well, it started to look feather heavy.
|The feather front|
My mother had asked for either roses or lilies in the quilting, I looked around the web for ideas and found an APQS video on quilting a rosebud shape freehand (these look a little rude!) I also drew some stylised roses and transferred the to the quilt using the method taught by Don Linn. Strangly, the blue marker doesn't want to wash out properly for some of the motifs but was fine if I simply drew a shape. I wonder if there is a chemical in the netting I used, which reacts with the marker. I think if I use this method in future, I will prewash the netting, just to make sure.
Because of the different end and side widths and the change in motifs, I finished with four different but related borders. I'm pretty happy with the results, apart from the puckering on the back. Not sure yet if this is due to the SID I did or the basting. I used 100% wool batting for this quilt and love the puff it provides.
|The back again|
Thanks again to SewCalGal and the expert tutors for these challenges. My feathers have improved enormously and I really appreciate the value of drawing to instill some of the movements into your head and hands.