Mar 09 11

A Different Kind of Feathered Star

I spent most of last weekend creating a different type of feathered star quilt. This one is made of 4 large blocks and here’s the center of one block as I worked on it last weekend:  (Sorry about the lighting issues)

This quilt’s “flavor” is kind of understated, so I don’t think it would be effective to do much decorative thread work in these block centers. My thread choices were pretty subtle compared to what I normally do!  I did add a layer of trapunto only because I thought the quilt was kind of boring without it. Here’s a shot of the backside of one block:

And here’s what a full block looks like…now you can start to see why I called it a different type of feathered star quilt:

I really like how the curves of the feathers make the star look as if it’s dancing!  This quilt is really simple.  Once you piece the 4 large blocks together, you get:

I liked this pretty well, but it looks even better once a small pinwheel of feathers is added to the intersection of the 4 blocks:

…and here’s the finished top:

This was very fun to make and it went together lickity-split!


  1. Connie Says:

    It is really beautiful! I just love your feathers, what a creative idea.

  2. Leslie Says:

    Absolutely GORGEOUS! I love your feathered star! Keep bringin’ it Patsy! 🙂

  3. Patricia Nicholls Says:

    Thats gooood! inspired even!

  4. Jean Says:

    Are your feathers another sizzix die? The curve is beautiful!

  5. Claire Pereira Says:

    Awsome!!! Not much else to say!

  6. Kay Lynne Says:

    What a beautiful pattern! I have a feeling that this may be a preview a new quilter’s Sizzix die! I hope so. My sister and I are looking forward to taking a class from you this month. Thank you for sharing and inspiring us into thinking outside of the quilting box 🙂

  7. Mary Stori Says:

    Patsy…..this is stunning!!!

  8. SewCalGal Says:

    What a wonderful design.


  9. Pamela Says:

    You are amazing, prolific, talented and so on. Seriously how do you do girl, you do so much as well as teach, fess up you have a clone don’t you. Either that or you have serious sleep deprivation. Keep on creating. Cheers Pamela

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  11. Linda Erickson Says:

    Absolutely gorgeous, and who doesn’t love blue and white!

  12. Diane Phillips Says:

    Absolutely stunning!! These are the perfect applique feathers to use in a Ricky Tims’ Rhapsody quilt. You should combine your talents into making one of these quilts. It would be a quilt “to-die-for” !!!!

  13. candy grisham Says:

    Are these feathers from a stencil? a die cut? Have to know. thanks they are beautiful

  14. Michele Durnell Says:

    Beautiful quilt top. Love your designs, and where did you get that light in the above photo?

  15. Sue Lutz Says:

    what a neat idea…I love it. will have to try since I don’t do free motion feathers very well (LOL)

  16. Alice Says:

    Patsy, this is wonderful. I thought they looked like dancing snowflakes, especially in the blue.


  17. Evelene Sterling Says:

    Wow! I like how you show us how to develop the whole quilt on layer at a time. The feathers tying the whole thing together is the best.

  18. Mary Ann Bridges Says:

    Wow. It is really beautiful. A simple idea but ….. incredible. Your right, the trapunto adds a little something special.

    Really beautiful.

  19. Sally Bramald Says:

    Lovely, lovely, lovely!