Last night, while watching a movie with my family, I hand stitched the last stitch of quilting on my Feather Bed quilt. Hallelujah! This quilt has been an ongoing project for over a year. I have finished three quilts, knit at least five sweaters and completed countless other projects while this one has been languishing on the back burner. Truth be told, this quilt has been quilted and in use since the fall, but I decided to add more machine quilting and then hand quilt around each feather, which is the reason it has taken so long.
I took William for a tricycle ride in the big park in town today, and took some pictures of the quilt on some new landscaping. I think this is a great spot for quilt photography. I’m sure that’s what they had in mind 😛
The feathers, binding and quilt back are made of Anna Maria Horner fabrics from various collections, and the grey background and binding flange fabric is a Free Spirit solid. The quilt pattern is also by Anna Maria Horner, and is available free on her website. I just love her designs so much, it seemed fitting to make the quilt entirely out of her beautiful, nature inspired fabric collections. The hand quitlting was done in #8 Valdani variegated pearl cotton. I am especially in love with the quilt back, this fabric is amazing and it makes the quilt look beautiful from both sides.
I hand embroidered the label in the same pearl cotton as the hand quilting, and stitched it into a corner with the binding, making a little pocket. It takes time, but this is my favourite method of making a label. The quilt measures 70″x88″ and is the perfect size to completely cover a whole couch of snugglers, no body parts uncovered and cold! Now that it is totally complete, it will go back on the couch where it can continue to be enjoyed and snuggled.