Do you like to quilt feathers? Have you tried it yet? I ADORE it and my favorite shape to quilt on is the hexagon.
AURIFIL 28wt – my new LOVE!
I have a big wholecloth quilt quilted with Aurifil 12wt thread (very thick thread!!), a few quilts quilted with 40-50 wt thread (the regular weight for quilting), this time I used Aurifil 28wt – not too thin, not too thick. I think this is the BEST weight for quilting a wholecloth quilt; I did not even notice that it is a thicker thread than my regular thread, my machine loves it! And the color and texture it provides? A feast for the eye, see for yourself below.
I thought to tempt you to try quilting feathers on hexagons, so I created this little sample.
It measures 14”x 28” and it was a delight to quilt it. It’s just hexagon in hexagon.
First, you could try your hand on paper, drawing feathers with a pen. Or you could stitch through paper, without thread in the needle. I love this even more than doodling with a pen.
I used a thick, fluffy polyester batting, it gives a lovely texture to the quilting.
It looks wonderful even in one color, this is the back of the quilt – in case you don’t have the patience to change the thread so often.
I dream of a bed quilt, like this one below. No, it’s not an actual quilt, I just duplicated the picture of the little quilt. Isn’t this a wonderful idea?
You can use hexagons in any size you want, you have to think of two aspects, though: small size means a lot of hexagons (and quilting), while very big hexagons are harder to quilt with a domestic machine. Sew first a few tests and see what size is the most comfortable to you.
And this is another little sample I made for you, it measures 14” and I used cotton batting.
Do you see those little white flowers in between the seven flowers?
Too beautiful not to use it in another quilt, you will see another idea tomorrow.
Watch this video on how to quilt feathers on hexagons.