Saturday, August 17, 2013

It's finished!

I am very proud to share my "Birds of a Feather" 

quilt with you today!

With fewer diagonal lines....
Most of the blocks came from my delightful friends 

in the Mid-Century Modern Bee!

I hope I have done justice to their beautiful feathers?


I find the quilting part the most stressful....


(Not knowing whether my quilting is good enough or if I have done enough?)

I quilted with 40 weight Aurifil in 

a lovely silvery grey colour (#2615)


with lots of randomly spaced straight(ish) 

diagonal lines...


with some 'arrows' echoing the feather points 

at one end...

In this photo you might be able to see the variation in background fabrics I used...

and the other...

I chose a scrappy orange and turquoise binding....


It finishes at about 60" square.


Here's the back with it's siggy blocks...


I do have a few more photos to share....


the obligatory 'rolled up' quilt!


hanging on a fence...


and lounging on a seat!


And, by the way, I love it!

 (This is my second finish for this quarter 
of the F-A-L!)

Happy sewing!

SUZ


62 comments:

Rachaeldaisy said...

Suz, this is the most wonderful quilt!! The quilting sets off the blocks perfectly and as always I love your photos!! Congratulations on an awesome finish!!!

Kristy @ Quiet Play said...

It is just beautiful!! Love how it all came together and the scrappy binding is perfect!

Anonymous said...

It is gorgeous! I love the way you've put the feather diagonally and the quilting really sets it off.

Steffi´s Candy Quilts said...

It is beautiful, Suz! I like the colors a lot, not to speak of the nice feather blocks and the diagonal setting. And I love that scrappy binding!

Sharon - Lilabelle Lane said...

You should be so proud of this quilt. It looks amasing. hugs

Lynz said...

Oh, how beautiful!!! I'm a quilt worrier, too. It's my least favourite part and I have to really force myself to not just do the bare minimum to hold the layers together! And I do worry that I'm going to ruin a top with rubbish quilting.

Yours is perfect for your feathers!! It enhances them and adds interest without overwhelming them. Nice job!!

Sarah @ mila+cuatro said...

It looks great, you must be thrilled to have it finished.

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

It looks wonderful!!! I love the colours (as yo know) and your layout and quilting suit it perfectly! A very fulfilling finish.

I've not seen Aurifil thread in real life yet many rave over it. What is so good about it?

Megan said...

What a beautiful quilt! I love the colours and the quilting is just perfect.

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous Suz .....love the colours! Thanks for sharing Marie

Clara (Clover&Violet) said...

Your quilt is just so beautiful!!

DeborahGun said...

Such a beautiful quilt - you have done a wonderful job putting all those blocks together. One to cherish :-)

Nicky said...

Looks brilliant to me Susan! And I don't know why you worry about the quilting it looks great too! Love those echoing arrows!

Selfsewn said...

Lovelyjob!
I hadnt realized how large the feathers were until I saw it on the chair. I never know what or how to quilt, you did a great quilt job Suz xx

Deborah said...

This quilt is just too amazing!!! I am so thrilled to be a part of it!!! Your quilting is perfect and I love what you did with the signature blocks!!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

What vision to request these blocks and then create such a beauty Susan! So honored to have a small part of my piecing in your quilt! Perfect in every way.

Melissa P said...

Gorgeous! Besides the angled setting, I love the scrappy binding. It adds the right amount of interest to a block that's already brimming.

Congratulations on a wonderful finish!!

AmandaK@whatthebobbin said...

I love everything about this quilt. Gorgeous!

Debbie said...

Oh my goodness this turned out so awesome!! I adore your quilting on it and love the variety in the background too. Nice job on the soggy block too!

Leanne said...

This is a beautiful quilt! I love the quilting, those arrows add just the right touch.

Heather D. said...

It's really beautiful Susan. The orange/aqua/gray is one of my favourite colour combinations

Carla said...

Oh my!! I think you did a fabulous job! Glad you are happy with it. Happy to be a small part of it.

Cindy said...

EEEE!!! It's just stunning. Absolutely amazing. Your quilting did the quilt proud. Enjoy it!!

Lucy | Charm About You said...

Susan it is stunning! The colours are fabulous and I love your quilting, those arrows look amazing!

Cille said...

Love it... The colors are wonderful!

Sherry said...

Beautiful finish!

Carla said...

I join the flock of birds above me to say how much I love your finished quilt, Susan! Your setting is brilliant and worked well with all of the various sized feathers. I like what you did with the quilting too...no need to fret, that's for sure! My favorite of all of your great photos is the one on the chair...you should have it made into greeting cards!

Vicki said...

Absolutely beautiful! I think the quilting suits it perfectly. I love all of the pictures. Well done!

Marg said...

Oh Suz this is gorgeous, what a fabulous quilt, and you made it onto Aurifil's facebook page. Love the full frontal photo!

Patti said...

I love it!

Unknown said...

This is a beautiful quilt! And I love your machine quilting-I think it's just a perfect addition to emphasize the feathers.

Kirsten said...

just beautiful Susan! And I really love the quilting you did too - it has given me some ideas for mine:)

Leanne said...

You have every right to LOVE it. It is a wonderful quilt.

Cardygirl said...

Just fabulous!

Jess @ Elven Garden Quilts said...

Absolutely stunning Susan. I think the quilting is perfect - and I love the binding!

Adrianne @ On the Windy Side said...

This turned out beautifully! Love it in every way.

Mary said...

Holy Moly is this good! It looks like it could take flight! You should not worry in the least about your quilting....it is exceptional! Brilliant to echo the shape of the feathers! I love the back...it works with the front. Almost has a Navajo feel to it! Absolutely perfect. I remember when you wondered how you put them together....this is a great finish!

FlourishingPalms said...

Oh my, Susan! Look at all the comments on this quilt! I'm especially happy that you managed to incorporate a couple color variations of gray, since I'm the one who messed up and had to substitute. But it looks SO nice like this. Love the diagonal layout of the blocks, and the way you reinforced that with your quilting. No stressing! You did great! I've never used #40 weight for quilting, always sticking with #50 (orange spool). Your quilting shows up nicely in pictures, but do you like it in person? The quilt a great size too. Really, a perfect finish. Excellent!

Joanie's Trendy Quilts said...

Oh your quilt is sooo beautiful! Love the quilting and picture backdrops! Congrats on the finish!

www.randomthoughtsdoordi.com said...

This is a beauty of a finish. You do a fantastic job with the backing and the quilting. It shows off the feathers so well.

Seams Sew Together said...

Gorgeous Suz, no need to worry about the quilting its looks fabulous!!

pandchintz said...

Looks fabulous!! Love it!!

Sarah Lou said...

Amazing! The quilting is perfect :D

Karen said...

I am finally doing some catching up. This quilt has worked out so well. It looks amazing. It has been great to follow your progress.

Sarah said...

Gorgeous! I love the layout you decided on. I hope you're showing it off to everyone.

OPQuilt said...

This just takes my breath away!

I have seen this in various stages of completion, but to see all those wonderful pictures is such a treat for the eyes.

Your quilting is perfect and I do love how it echoes and reinforces the idea of the feathers. I can see the different grays in that one photo, but really don't notice the difference in the grand scheme of things--perhaps it just adds texture and visual richness.

The binding is perfect, the layout is brilliant--this quilt is such a success! Congratulations on your FAL finishes, too!

CitricSugar said...

Suz, it's absolutely gorgeous! I love that you angled the feathers - it adds such movement and drama to it... I have loved watching these feathers pop up around the web and am so excited to see it finished. Beautiful work!

SarahZ said...

Mmmm! Gorgeous! And made by friends to boot! Love the colors and quilting too!

mrs.hands said...

the pattern and especially the chosen colors are stunning! perfect work!

Anonymous said...

love youe feathers - gorgeous

Unknown said...

FUN! Great movement with nice quilting. I am wondering about palcing the feathers in a circle??!!! Thanks for sharing.

Live a Colorful Life said...

Was I out of town when you posted this? I can't believe I missed the finish of this absolutely stunning quilt. I'm so thrilled to have you in the MCM bee, Susan. Your setting is brilliant and I love the way you used the signature blocks on the back. Really REALLY beautiful!

audrey said...

This is gorgeous! Absolutely love it! Those feathers are great, and the quilting is fierce. Yum! :)

Kelsey said...

Oh my gosh this quilt is incredible!!!! I louuuurve it *heart* I might have to add a feather quilt onto my wish list of projects that I love.

Julie said...

Love this -the blocks and the colours.

Claire said...

That is the most amazing quilt - you should be very happy with it as it looks incredible.

Claire said...

That is one incredibly beautiful quilt.

Cheryl said...

this is really beautiful. I also find the quilting part the most stressful. Yours looks great!

Holly said...

It's gorgeous! Love the colours!

Kiley Boss said...

Do you have a pattern for this? This is amazing!

Susan Snooks said...

Kiley, this is my only way of replying to your question as you are a 'no reply blogger'! I hope you see this.
The Feathers themselves are an Anna Marie Horner pattern available free on her website.
The construction is my own design- kind of made up as I went along. Sorry!

Kiley Boss said...

Sorry I didn't realize I am a 'no reply blogger' I'll have to change that:-) I will look for the Anna Marie Horner pattern then and just try to do what you did. I love love love this. Thanks so much for your reply!

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