Friday, 18 January 2013

A Feather in my Cap




My Zakka Style Sew Along days came back to haunt me this week as I tried out a new (to me) pattern for our QCA Bee #1. Patterns take me a while to process. 

Lara was Queen Bee for December but I moved house and did not get around to making my block until this week. The colours she chose were orange, pink and a snippet of yellow on a grey background. Plenty of those colours in my scrap boxes - and I had some Kona Ash leftover from my Katie Jump Kites quilt.

We had to make a feather block using Anna Marie Horner's pattern. Thankfully Kristy of Quiet Play had pared down the instructions for us. Still it did not go together easily for me. I made so many errors on my first block - including accidentally slicing through my two large outer grey panels!

Visual Tutorial
Then tear away the paper foundation after trimming A and then assemble.
I must say that 2nd time around I treated the block pattern more like a paper piecing project and I sailed through without a hitch. 

TIP - be generous with your fabric sizes and trim down.

Linking up with TGIFF and BoMs Away for the first time in 2013!




12 comments:

  1. Well done. This is really pretty color combination!

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  2. I'm so glad to read your post. I had considered doing an entire quilt next month with these feathers, and now I'm reconsidering. :)

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  3. How clever to treat this as a paper piecing project! Much less wastage and far more variety! This block has now moved higher to my the top of my 'to-do' list!

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  4. This is a brilliant way to do the feathers if you are only making a few of them!

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  5. Your blocks turned out really well!!

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  6. I loved these blocks when I first saw them, not sure whether I will make them now though! Maybe one day. Yours look great!

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  7. Very pretty blocks Fiona!!

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  8. She chose beautiful colours! And neat idea to paper piece it!

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  9. These feathers are beautiful :)

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  10. These are really pretty feathers. Makes me want to make some!

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  11. I love these feather blocks, looking forward to making one very soon :)

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  12. Fiona, I had pinned this tutorial in the hopes that I might use it! would you mind if I link to it on my blog for my upcoming turn in a Bee? thanks S

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