Sep 17 15
My life got so hectic in the last couple of months that I’m ashamed to say that I left many loose ends dangling in the wake of “hurricane Patsy’s summer.” Do you remember when I posted a photo of Gary Harvey’s beautiful circle of featherettes that he quickly stitched up during a quickie 3-hour class? The photo below will hopefully jog your memory-isn’t his work fantastic?!
What he did here was to create temporary markings of triangles that rotated around a circle and then he went in and filled them with a basic featherette. At my request, he sent me 2 photos of his completed project. (I think he sent them to me, like the very next day! This guy not only quilts beautifully, but he quilts really fast!) Anyway, this next shot is of his 18 inch quilted block before he’s sewn it into a pillow sham. I lightened it up a little so you could see all the details of his thread work:
Isn’t it stunning?! What he’s done in this 2nd round of stitching is to create a 2nd temporary circle that surrounds the original circle of featherettes. He then filled in the “empty spaces” within the 2nd circle with another set of featherettes that are oriented in the opposite direction. Look even more closely and you’ll see that he’s done 2 hyperquilting designs, one inside each circle of featherettes, and then he’s surrounded the entire design with the “plumify it” background fill design. Here’s a shot of his final project, after it’s been sewn into a pillow sham:
What a great job he did! Here’s a little tip for when you’re adding “layers” of featherettes onto a frame but you’re trying to create a cohesive design that “reads” as one design. Even though the circle itself is never stitched, we “see” these designs as a unified whole because of simple outlining. Here’s another example of what I’m talking about:
Just like in Gary’s block, the featherettes actually just “float” because there is no stitched structure that actually supports them. If you look closely, there are 2 lines of echo quilting that surround the entire “snowflake wreath.” Who would have thought that some narrow lines of stitching could have such power to pull a complex design together?!