The Feather Zone
This quilt is a collaboration between me (Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero) and Teri Lucas. I designed the quilt at the same time I was designing the template shapes for our Feathers Template Mini-Pack. It was a bit of a challenge to put together the first time around – so much so that I scrapped that attempt and started over.
Almost the entire quilt is printed on 8.5″ x 11″ sheets of inkjet fabric with an Epson 2200. Only the thin red border is not printed. The dark purple border actually started as a lighter purple commercial fabric, but I needed it darker, so printed over it. Problem solved.
Construction of the quilt was a bit of a challenge because the center medallion is four squares of printed fabric (i.e., I used the poster print function in Kaleidoscope Kreator.) The pentagons and the gold wedges on the outer edge were pieced together forming a decagon with a hole in the center. I pressed back the seam allowance on the inside border of the pentagons and thought about applying glue stick, but was afraid that if I didn’t place it correctly the first time it would be a disaster. So I chose to cut thin strips of fusible and applied them to the seam allowance. Then on my work table, I put down a few layers of batting (for an ironing surface) and laid the medallion face up, then positioned the star border exactly where I wanted it. A quick press with a hot iron fused everything together and then it was a piece of cake to take it over to the sewing machine and stitch that seam!
When I sent the quilt to Teri, my only request was to “quilt it like a show quilt“. I got a couple of progress photos early on, then nothing until the quilt arrived at my hotel in Houston on setup day for International Quilt Market & Festival! To say I was blown away would be an understatement – in fact, I may have been dancing down the crate-filled aisles of the convention center.
A few of you may have already seen photos of the quilt posted on Facebook since a number of people stopped at our booth at Quilt Market/Festival to take pictures. I finally found time to take some photos of my own. Hope you enjoy them!
And now for the back… (Always remember to look at the back of one of Teri’s quilts!)
Teri & I plan to enter this quilt in some quilt shows, so hopefully some of you will be able to see it in real life.