Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Feather Frenzy...

Well this past weekend was the BMQG's annual quilt retreat weekend at the Franciscan Guest House in Kennebunk.  I wasn't able to get away for the entire weekend, but my friend Samantha and I were able to take advantage of a "commuter pass" to come up for a long day of sewing and socializing with the ladies. It was fabulous and so much fun to get to see everyone's works in progress!

Photo of Samantha & I courtesy of the BMQG - thanks Alice!
I had purposely been hoarding a stash of fabrics to create a quilt top using Anna Maria Horner's Feather pattern just for the retreat, and was supremely optimistic that I'd be able to churn out a bunch of feathers.  So just how many feathers did I make during an uninterrupted day of sewing?

(dramatic pause)

Actually my grand total was 7, but 5 was my total when I posted them up on the retreat design walls.  Yeah...I was kind of disappointed. 

Definitely not with how they came out though - I love the colors and fabrics together, and the feathers themselves are pretty big.  I can see myself embracing some negative space with a quilt top totaling no more than 20-30 feathers. 

But putting these babies together is a lot of work, which did get done in bulk at the retreat.  Lots of fabric strips were ironed, cut and pieced together and template pieces are all set to go - its the sewing grunt work that takes up the most time!  I just thought that I'd get a little further in the project. 

Oh well - looks like it will stretch into the spring and summer.  Not a bad work in progress to keep up with here and there. 

And as an added bonus, I won a door prize as well!  I ended up picking from a great pool of prizes collected by Aimee and chose a charm pack of Aneela Hoey's Posy line from Moda.  Love it!

Linking up with: QuiltStory's Fabric Tuesday

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  1. These came out great! Glad you could make it up for the day at least!

  2. These are beautiful and I can't wait to see what you do with the Posy charms!!! So fun seeing you Saturday:-)

  3. They look terrific! I love them in the high-contrast purple and orange. I am sort of glad to hear that I am not the only one who thinks they are kind of slow going. I find template cutting incredibly tedious. The piecing is magical, I think, but all those little bitty background pieces!!

  4. Love your feathers! The colors are gorgeous.

  5. beautiful!! Love your colors

  6. wonderful feathers! slow and steady wins the quilting race :)

  7. Your feathers came out beautiful. The colors are wonderful. I can't wait to see the finshed top.

  8. Your feathers are beautiful! I want to add these to my list, and I just love your fabric selection. I can't wait to see it finished!