Country Breeze in Fons and Porter’s EASY QUILTS (Summer 2012)

Good day, Friends!  I hope all is well with you.  I want to thank you for all your kind comments on “Rod and Reel“.  Several of you wrote to tell me you will be making the quilt to honor family members who are/were avid fishermen!  I am immensely touched that you wrote and shared your about your family with me.  Please know that I will be praying for those in need from the emails you have sent.

Have you seen the latest Fons and Porter‘s EASY QUILTS issue on your local newsstands, or in your mailbox?  What did you think of the projects, including my “Country Breeze”?

[Photo courtesy Fons and Porter]

This quilt is a scrappy, and sort of pinwheel-y with a twist quilt.  It was super fun to make (and quick too!)

I used fabrics from Henry Glass‘ Brambleberries Collection (by Buggy Barn).

A scrappy quilt such as Country Breeze would only need quilting to add a bit of texture to the overall look.  So, I employed my favorite quilting motif: feathers!  Not really fancy feathers, just feathers bigger than my normal scale.  My feather plumes had to span a 6″ distance.  Lessons learned: Free-handing feathers that large on a domestic machine was not very fun.  Moral of the lesson:  Get a longarm!

Quilting was done with Aurifil‘s Mako 50 Cotton thread over Hobbs Tuscany Silk Batting – my absolute go-to combination.

Despite the “trials and tribulations” from having to stick with my decision to quilt feathers in larger scale, I have to say I am happy with the result.  You can see the back of the quilt in the following pictures:

Here is a picture showing the little extra something I added to the feather plume in the border.  But really, I mainly want to show  you that beautiful dark navy/black star fabric – isn’t that a gorgeous fabric?

The fabrics in this quilt are of a warmer palette, but I can also see it as an all-seasonal quilt.  What do you think?  Which room would you display this quilt, and how?

Thanks for stopping by.  I appreciate hearing from you.  I’ve got to fly for now to squeeze in a bit work before I have to stop to clean.  We are having wee company tomorrow.  Tootles!