Thursday, 21 August 2014

Anna Maria Horner meets Victoria Finlay Wolfe meets Celtic Solstice - Triple Whammy Mini Scrap Quilt Project

'Celtic Solstice Feather' Anna Maria Horner
'Celtic Solstice Feather' 18.5 cm x 38cm
I expect many of you will recognise this pattern.  It is an Anna Maria Horner feather pattern which can be downloaded FREE from her website.  I have admired these feathers for a long time and the design was subconsciously on my To-Do list.  I think I only needed to do one to get it off the list.
'Celtic Solstice' Fabric Scrap basket
'Celtic Solstice' Fabric Scrap basket
This basket of scraps has been looking at me since January from when I completed Bonnie Hunter's 'Celtic Solstice' Mystery Quilt.  I just needed the right project to use them up.  Just one of these lovely feathers would be the fix I needed.  I slightly reduced the size down to 90%, as I originally intended it to be a mug rug 'sort of thing'.  Now it is complete I might hang it on a wall.
Foundation pieced feathers anna Maria Horner
Foundation pieced feathers
Because the scraps really were 'scraps', the lengths were quite short, some thin, so a whole family of feathers were not really the order of the day.  Using pages from an old Radio Times for my foundation paper, I randomly stitched down the strips, and then cut out the feather pattern.
Feather - Anna Maria Horner pattern
Feather - Anna Maria Horner pattern
I love how the unruly scraps have been tamed into this shape, a shape that reminds me of a school tie.  It looks so neat.  The pattern was quite easy to put together and dragged my dormant dressmaking pattern cutting skills back out into the workroom.
'Celtic Solstice Feather' Anna Maria Horner
'Celtic Solstice Feather'
After lots of auditioning from my fabric stash I decided to set my 'Celtic Solstice' Anna Maria Horner feather off with a  Moda 'Weave' #9898 grey fabric (I think I will need to add more of this to my stash), and a binding of a pink spotty fabric from the Chez Moi 'Boutique' range.
'made fabric' for quilt backing
'made fabric' for quilt backing

For the back I wanted to try out another technique. This time is was Victoria Findlay Wolfe's 'made fabric' from her book ' 15 Minutes of Play'.  Again, the idea was to use up the scraps from my Celtic Solstice quilt.  I did this all from memory without actually taking the time to take the book off the shelf.  It took quite a while (more than 15 minutes ...) as I got caught up in quite a few cul-de-sacs, but I got there in the end.

Back of mini feather quilt
Back of mini feather quilt

Here is the back of the mini quilt using the 'made fabric'.  I machine quilted it with a stipple, but I will admit that some of the seams of the 'made fabric' provided quite a lot of resistance and it would not be a backing fabric of choice in the future.

So, something a bit different here from Fabadashery.  Have you tried anything new today?
 

7 comments:

  1. Love it! What a fantastic idea for using up all your scraps!

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  2. Lovely use of your scraps. The grey is a perfect background for them.

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  3. It's fabulous!! I love the 'Celtic Solstice' feather but the back is almost as pretty. You have a double sided quilt!

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  4. I love "made" fabric and I never thought of using it as a backing! This is such a cute quilt and if you use it as a table runner, you'll have a two sided one! I love doing that with table runners. It also makes a smashing wall hanging. I copied that link. Thank you!

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  5. I love your feather! Might I suggest a photo with Suzi so it will look like Suzi has had a big beautiful tropical bird for lunch?

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  6. The feather is nice but backing is simply gorgeus! I really, really love it!

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  7. Your feather came out great and I adore your pieced back!

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