My favourite gifts have been those made by friends or family. A few years ago, I received a quilt from a friend for a significant birthday. I was so touched that I wanted to do the same when her turn came. This is how I came to make a patchwork feather quilt.
I came across Anna Maria Horner’s free pattern. It is so generous of designers to publish these free patterns. It meant I was able to make a quilt I would never have been able to design myself. The instructions were very clear so it was an enjoyable project and I am pleased how it turned out.
Feather quilt comes together
I haven’t had a big sewing project for a while. I knew it would take time so I broke down the stages to make it more manageable. It took a few evenings to cut out all the pieces.
Another evening was spent piecing all the fabric that would later be cut into the feather shapes. After that was a couple of days stitching the blocks together and assembling the quilt layers.
To finish the quilt, I hand-stitched around the feathers. This formed running stitch feathers on the back which made a pleasing pattern on the reverse. I find hand-stitching relaxing and had a few pleasant hours listening to the radio or watching TV while I sewed.
I will definitely use this pattern again with different colour options. It was easier to make than it looked when I first read through the pattern. I chose colours that I thought my friend would like and like the boldness of the design.
When making something for someone that takes a while, you find yourself thinking about them while you work. Our friendship has shared a joint enjoyment of sewing and other crafts. We have many shared experiences with our families and good memories of holidays together. I found myself reflecting on all this and being grateful to have people like this in my life.
While making a patchwork feather quilt, it became the Feathers of Friendship Quilt. One quilt made in thanks of a quilt received and in celebration of a good friend’s birthday.