I’m still exploring how to use dimensional elements on my quilts. I’m making 12 X 12 inch quilts for two reasons…one, because I can try many different applications in a shorter amount of time, and, two, because my donation for the SAQA online quilt auction (all pieces in the auction are 12X12 inches) is due soon. I will select one of the pieces to donate….I like to have four or five to pick from.
This is the first smaller piece I made using feathers. I wanted it to be more abstract in feeling, even though the feathers are more realistic. I pieced the background from my hand painted fabric, hand dyed cotton and a commercial black cotton. I free motion quilted it in a rust-red color to coordinate with the colors in the painted cotton and to compliment the bits of green in the feathers. I bound the quilt in an orange hand dye for its soft variety of colors and to give the quilt a small frame…and a little zip!
After I completed these steps, I arranged the feathers and sewed them to the background, one at a time. The photo does not show how the feather edges stand against each other in some places, giving great texture to this piece.
I finished another one today, and will have another one done this week. I’ll post them shortly…from the studio