Thursday, September 4, 2014

Feathers with Heart

In my four years of quilting in free motion (feed dogs down), I had never stitched the much-touted 'feathers.' So I was feeling pretty good about having finally taken the plunge yesterday...until I looked a little closer.

These are not feathers...are they? They're more like hearts, right? At least where the halves match on either side of the center vein. Wherever they don't match, I'm not sure what you'd call them. Anyway, they seem to work pretty well for the water plants in the underwater scene quilt. But that means I still haven't stitched 'feathers' in a quilt! Ah, well, someday...

Empty square reserved for quilt dedication
Also added were sea creatures on the ocean bottom. The sand dollar, starfish, and octopus came from photos I found and cropped, then printed on printer fabric, sprayed with Scotch-guard, and embellished with Isacord embroidery thread using a hoop.

Enough margin was cut around each creature to satin-stitch the printer fabric (fused with Steam-a-Seam 2 Lite) onto the quilt top with a dark-green thread that blends into the background fabric.

Also been doodling with other plant designs for free-motion stitching in the borders, and came up with this. (It wouldn't surprise me to find out that this was in one of my quilting magazines and my brain just retrieved it from the ol' memory bank.) Notice what we've got going here...again!

Sure looks like hearts to me. And now that I think of it, there may be a good reason for that.  :)

Speaking of which...

There's a new drawer in the studio.

This drawer is far from full, but we just got the news a few weeks ago, and now we're waiting to find out if our first grandbaby is a boy or a girl. (Until then, I'm firmly disciplining myself to keep all pink, lavender and frills out of anything to which I take a needle of any kind.)

Meanwhile, VVHH (very versatile handy husband), who made the quilt studio and tons of other amazing things in this house, has been making use of the hundreds of wine corks in our basement. Until recently he'd been making beautiful cork bulletin boards with them. Now the corks are taking on a life of their own--wildlife, that is. Meaning, specifically, reindeer and Christmas trees!

(excuse the acrylic sewing table)

The cicada-shell cowboy riding the center reindeer was not my idea.

I'm finishing up here with some other non-quilting photos taken this morning, just because it's a beautiful morning and is approaching my favorite time of year...fall!

Garden harvest and part of tonight's pasta sauce (Run, tomatoes, run!!)

Speaking of wildlife...

Hornets' nest next door. So far they've been no trouble.

Kitty and Mama Cat, who adopted us as their people in 2010, and have their own lawn chairs out back for sitting with us while we drink coffee in the morning. Our indoor cats think they're the devil.

Rock brought from the same place that is pictured in the background quilt (Rock of Ages) on this blog page. The hole was worn naturally by water eons ago.

Hooking up here with Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Whoop Whoop Friday. Go there and see what an awesome gift Sarah received this week! Also linking to Lizzie Lenard Vintage Sewing's Free Motion Mavericks. Check out her beautiful work, as well as the inspiring reader links at the bottom of each of these blogs.

Have a wonderful weekend~~



  1. Hello Linda,

    Thank you for linking up with Free Motion Mavericks!

    No, I've never done feathers either. The world is so full of leaves I have to do them all before I move on to feathers. I love the water plants. The hearts plant would make another nice seaweed. As for sand dollars, I'd never even heard of them, let alone seen one.

    The little baby hats are so sweet. You will fill that box in no time. Something tells me that if you get the green light for frilly stuff you might need an extra box.

    Love, Muv

    1. LOL Muv, that's the truth, there will be a second drawer needed if it's a girl...and maybe a third! The feathers or whatever they are were a lot more fun to do than I thought they'd be, and the motion got wired into my brain fairly quickly (sigh of relief). I hope you see a sand dollar sometime. They always have the 5-petal design on them and are beautiful but fragile. If they break, their bony infrastructure falls out into five little pieces that resemble tiny white birds. Sorry it took me so long to realize I had not technically joined the Mavericks page! I'm a bit of a klutz when it comes to being techno-savvy.
      Email on the way. Let me know if it doesn't arrive, and thanks again!

  2. I haven't tried feathers yet, but I think yours look great! They make very convincing seaweed.

    Congratulations on the grandbaby, too!

  3. yep, those are hearts! You must have lots of love to give! Feathers are loops right next to each other all the way down, no spaces. Ah you might as well invent your own stitches, girl. LeeAnna at not afraid of color

    1. LOL, that's the truth. My free motion apparently comes 'freely' from the right brain, and it seems to edit my stitching intentions!


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