Another crazy week in our house. We found a crack in the shower in our bathroom and the short answer is that the best thing to do is to replace it. We didn’t even get one with all the bells and whistles but home improvement is never cheap. It will be 8-10 weeks before they’re ready to install it so you’ll probably hear about that in a couple of months – haha!
And my husband found out today that he has shingles. He doesn’t even remember ever having the chicken pox as a child but apparently he did since he doesn’t fit the other risk categories for it.
That first photo is just a picture of one of the corners. I decided to enhance the stems in certain areas to make it stand out a little bit. I don’t think I took a picture of it, but the feathers on the large purple square, and the large white square, both have circles in the stem to make it about 1/4″ wide. I thought it needed a little something . I bought wide back fabric, 108″ wide, and I thought I also bought 108″ long – 3 yards – but when I got to the bottom, it was short by just a few inches. I don’t know if that’s obvious in this picture, but I had to order more backing fabric, take the quilt off the long arm, sew the additional piece to the bottom, load it back on the quilt and finish it. Whew! All that for what amounted to maybe 3 inches.
The feathers aren’t perfect – definitely a learning experience but I figured what better way to learn than to put them over most of the quilt? I used a few different patterns in areas outside of the actual labyrinth pattern. The quilting should have been quick but I decided to use a ruler and stitch in the ditch around every straight line and that’s just a slower process than free motion.
I keep meaning to draw out the steps that I use to quilt feathers. It may not work for everyone and it’s probably the way a lot of people do it, but I think having a step-by-step helps sometimes. Maybe I’ll get that done by the end of the week! This one is for a birthday on May 10th. I’m just glad I have it done so now I can focus 100% on my next quilt, which is going to be extra special. This quilt pattern is called “Labyrinth” by Debbie Maddy for Calico Carriage Quilt Designs.