a feather bed quilt

I don’t typically make quilts following patterns. Something to do, perhaps, with my inability to show up prepared? I like to procrastinate, to kind of just hope that things will work out, so reading through a quilt pattern with lists of needed items and all those pieces to cut ahead of time always puts me off. I prefer to hope I’ll have enough fabric rather than measuring, to hope that when I put the pieces together I’ll end up with something I like. Maybe not knowing the outcome keeps it interesting? Or perhaps I secretly enjoy having to improvise when I nearly always end up running out of a key fabric. I have a feeling I could learn a few tricks and shortcuts by following patterns, but being stubborn, I insist on figuring it out on my own (and often taking a convoluted route to get there). Perhaps there’s a lesson to be learned here?

I digress…

Back to this quilt. This is Anna Maria Horner’s free Feather Bed quilt pattern, which I started way back in 2014. I actually enjoyed making this one, despite taking so long to finish it! The feathers come together quite quickly. (I didn’t follow the pattern as it was written though, and ended up wasting a bunch of fabric. Lesson learned)

I was going to tell you that the colors were based on that great Liberty of London floral, but I just now read through my old posts about this quilt and discovered that was not the case. I’m not sure how the color scheme came about then, as these colors are not my usual picks — something I found myself thinking as I was quilting it!

I decided to quilt it with double straight lines on the diagonal. I wish there was a faster way to quilt double straight lines… I love the look, but hate that it takes twice as long!

We went down to the waterfront last weekend to try to get some photos. I didn’t realize that the lake was partially frozen (some years it freezes, sometimes it does not), so I was surprised to see a few people out there skating. I called out to ask how thick the ice was and they replied nonchalantly “oh, about 3 inches”. I don’t know about you, but that just doesn’t seem thick enough for me! (Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t… I just know that I don’t want to take a chance!)

So despite my love of ice photos (here, here and here and here on solid ice), I opted for ‘in front of the ice’ photos for this one. No one wants to fall into ice cold lake water in February.

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15 Responses to a feather bed quilt

  1. 1
    Holly Dallow says:

    I thought there was such a thing as double needles which would give you what you wanted with one pass through!

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      ashley says:

      The double needle works great for hemming clothing and having that double stitch line, however, it doesn’t work for quilting as it doesn’t also produce the same double line for the backing.

  2. 3

    I have always wanted to make this quilt. It’s beautiful! I am exactly the same as you, hate following patterns and yes always run out of a certain fabric! Love to just wing it. 🙂 Your blog is one of the first I ever followed when I started quilting. I am so obsessed now I have to sell quilts and I have a longarm machine. Thanks for your inspiring work all these years.x

  3. 4
    Sandra says:

    Gorgeous back drop – inspiring photos.

  4. 5
    Elisabeth says:

    Just beautiful !

  5. 6
    Miss Daisy says:

    Lovely Lovely Lovely l

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    PJ says:

    Love your Feather quilt. I have admired Anna Marie Horner’s quilt and pattern for many years but just haven’t gotten around to making one. Yours may be the inspiration that gets me started. Enjoy your posts immensely and thank you for continuing to blog.

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    Judy Filkins says:

    Beautiful finish!! Although my quilting is still in the beginner stage, I felt like you were telling MY story about quilting. I rarely follow a pattern & almost always run out of fabric—which doesn’t always work out well for me. Your project is wonderful. Thank you for sharing your story & beautiful work

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    Bonnie Srnicek says:

    Love this one! Thanks for the inspiration

  9. 10
    Wendy says:

    Reading through your first paragraph had me smiling, since I can relate to so much of it. I’ve been a lifelong procrastinator, stubborn about doing things my way, and I’ve learned lessons too. Your feather quilt is really pretty, and the backdrop for your photos is gorgeous.

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    Anna G says:

    Girl, for a nonchalant quilter, you do good work. If I were to try that, it would be a total disaster…I guarantee it. Your quilt is beautiful. I made a quilt a couple of years ago…colors outside my colorbox…I loved it. Gave it to my 25 yr old Grandson…if you decide to give a class on nonchalant quilting, sign me up. Or, is that too much prep? Lol…hope you know this was meant to be lighthearted. Anna

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    Donna says:

    I love the charming elements you added, like the green underline. “About” 3 inches of ice….no way I’d be testing that either! 🙂

  12. 13
    Marianne says:

    Could not relate to your first paragraph, hah! I like to follow patterns the first time, then the second go round I can do my own thing. I agree double line quilting is tedious.

  13. 14
    Jenny says:

    What a lovely finish! This pattern is on my extremely short patterns-to-make list, too. Also, in my mind the feathers are freeform to make, maybe that’s not how it’s written? Maybe someday I’ll find out.

    Anyhow, this is gorgeous, thanks for sharing!

  14. 15

    Way back in 2014! Oh, my. I really need to get some stuff done here if that is considered an older project. I am so toast! Ha, ha. This is a beautiful finish, and the ice background is perfect for it.

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