Wednesday, January 23, 2013

"Birds of A Feather": Mini Quilt for the Madrona Road Challenge


When I first received the Madrona Road fabrics at the Central Jersey MQG's December meeting, I was inspired. But I didn't know what to make... yet. But, luckily, I had seen Anna Maria Horner's fabulous Feather Bed Quilt pattern, and, in January, had even seen some of my fellow CJMQGers try it out.

Our guild's challenge was "details," so, besides using all of the fabrics given in the feathers, I quilted in random lines following the feather pattern, in yellow, white and gray. All of the yellow quilted lines stretch out to the end of the feather block.

 This kind of quilting was very freeing and relaxing, and I happened to quilt the whole thing and sew on half the binding at our recent Saturday Sewcial!

I also added a navy and coal solids to the mix. I'm especially in love with the text and herringbone prints of this line!

When you're working basically full time and don't have all that much free time, you know that sometimes a mini quilt can satisfy all of your quilting needs and wishes. And that is what this little quilt has done for me :) Still deciding where to hang it though!

I will definitely be using the feather pattern again - it is so unique and pretty. However, be aware to cut/sew long strips if you are making a lot of feathers, otherwise you'll potentially have a lot of fabric waste and be doing a lot of extra sewing (if you look at the pattern, you'll see what I mean).

Check out all of the Madrona Road projects in this Flickr group, and the finished ones for consideration for the Michael Miller booth in this Flickr group. I also posted some from my guild here and here. Inspiration abound!

Also - I'm a little behind on blogs, so forgive me! I plan to catch up this weekend.


  1. Looking good. I still have to bind mine. Ah precious time :)

  2. Beautiful! The feathers look lovely in these fabrics.

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