Up From Here Finished – Feathers and Sand Inspiration
When I thought about quilting Up From Here, I could picture feathers in the solid colored fabric areas. Feathers that gracefully filled up the entire area and elegantly turned the corners. Formal or floppy feathers – it didn’t matter, but it raised another question. What about the polka dot areas? How would those be filled? I found inspiration from a website called Ivory Spring and Wendy in her Thread Talk feature. Here are two photos I found inspiration from:
The pattern is called Sand Dune, and Wendy suggests it as a background filler around feathers. Huh. I don’t know how I found my way to this website, but did Wendy not just TELL me that this would work around my feathers?!! You don’t have to hit me over the head with a big stick. I happily said okay and thank you. Wendy took it one step further and showed me how to stitch it. Coaching further she adds to just stitch it out to the edge of the fabric. My kind of stress-free stitching!!
I couldn’t just jump into feathers of any sort without some pre-practice. Pre-practice? Isn’t that rather redundant? Well, no. Practice before the practice, or pre-practice involves drawing feathers everywhere I can. I have some papers to throw away at work – try a few feathers on them before you toss them. With 20 blocks calling for feathers, the first 10 are actual practice in my mind. By the 20th, I’ll have the technique down and it will be FMQ by then not practice! Too bad I don’t have a few of these to quilt, huh.
Snow Day = Feathers
I posted the picture above on the right on a school snow day. These are Beth’s floppy feathers from Cooking Up Quilts again. The first time I tried these was on Garden Gate, and I find them even easier this time. The blocks themselves had a built-in boundary along with a gentle curve. It was almost easy peasy. Once I finished one set of Up blocks, I launched into what I remembered the sand dunes to be. I may have made just wavy lines, but in my head they were dunes! I elected to sew the feathers in the brown squares with a closer matching thread. The thought of that light thread on the darker brown fabric just didn’t make my heart sing.
Another Floppy Feather Finish
I had to share another picture of this beautiful backing fabric. I just love it! It’s from the Fat Quarter Shop, and it just feels so nice. LOVE it. Here’s another peek at the completed quilt top pre-quilting.
And a little binding action going on starting on Sunday during the Packer pre-game.
Ta-da! Here is our version of Up From Here all quilted and bound. It may not have exact sand dunes but my version thereof.
Floppy Feathers and Sand Dune closeups
Here are two closeup pictures of the quilting. We are pleased with how this quilt finished up! It’s all squishy and soft too after a wash and dry.
We’ll have one last roundup of all the second sew along finishes before the end of the year.
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