Monday, March 10, 2014

A Ruffed Feather!


 A Ruffled Feather Pillow!
When Madame Samm
said "Think Ruffles!"


My first thought was ruffling a feather or two!
 
My idea was to make a modern ruffled pillow.
 
Bold print modern fabrics.
Low-volume background.
Negative space.
Textural quilting.
Touched by a ruffle.
 
So Katniss and I found some feathering fabric.


I have had this jelly roll and charm pack of

 Botanique from Joel Dewberry for Free Spirit Fabrics
 in my stash for awhile waiting for the right project.

The background fabric is a gray crackle piece that has been in my stash a long time and I have used bits and pieces of it in several projects.
It is from the Morning Serenade collection by Grace Pullen from South Seas Fabrics.

The black for the shafts of the feather is a charcoal black from Shadowland by Kona Bay.

I used my favorite Aurifil  50/2 off white #2021 for piecing.

The quilting thread is a "Canaan" a variegated grey #403 from King Tut by Superior Threads.

I have also been wanting to make this ...


since the first time I saw it.
So I used this Free Pattern from Anna Maria Horner


So I made a feather according to the pattern, but left off the background pieces.


I cut 2" strips from the scraps and pieced as long strip and ...


I ruffled my feather!


I sewed the background.
This is an improv block that I blogged about making HERE.


Deciding where to the place the feather actually took a lot of thought.
I took several photos of different placements and studied them while I quilted.


Then I quilted the pillow top.
I love this type of straight line quilting.


Katniss Helped.

In this picture she looks like she is saying, "You quilt this one.
I am busy guarding us from these pesky birds outside.
I'd like to ruffle their feathers."


Details of Quilting.


Then I added the ruffled feather by sewing it down along the long shaft and
around the inside edge of the ruffle.


This is a view of the back of the quilted pillow top.


The I added a ruffle on either end!
My idea for the edging on this ruffle came from
and THIS prairie point border in the Hugs n Kisses XO Blog Hop .
I used Marcy's Tutorial only instead of folding and cutting prairie points, I made ruffles.
Thanks, Marcy for the inspiration!


For my ruffles I used some extra jelly roll strips and ...


cut the long charm sections strip that I pieced  HERE
into two long 2.5" strips.


Katniss helped.
Looks like one of those birds is getting too close.


I pressed in half.


Then I ruffled as I sewed.


Katniss helped.
Katniss' favorite thing about our new sewing space is the view from the window,
as she can see many birds flying
into the bushes outside while she helps me sew.


This was made to size to recover an old plain tan micro- suede sofa pillow.
I like everything about my pillow makeover.


:) this pillow makes me happy :)


:) this pillow makes me smile :)

I have a few pieces to make more feathers and I want to make a lap quilt
following the original pattern.
That is a project for another day, though.
I have a lot of quilts and blocks that I need to catch up on,
but you may see feathers in progress floating through my blog from time to time.
Please ruffle over to visit all my blog hop friends today ...

March 10th




Life in the Scrapatch (you are here!)



GrammieQs

Thanks to
  Madame Samm

and our cheery cheerleader,
Amy

for this ruffly good hop!




Updated: March 11th:

Sharing in the fun of these inspiring link-up parties!

Linking up today with

Sew Cute Tuesday

  Sew Cute Tuesday

and

Fresh Poppy Design


Quiltstory Fabric Tuesday

and




Linky Tuesday

Thanks for visiting my scrapatch.
I hope you are smiling, too.
Have a happy quilty day!
:)

71 comments:

  1. Ok, Pat. I am in LOVE. That is so pretty. The quilting, the fabric, the design, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!! Great work!! <3 Amy

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  2. Me too! I love your ruffled feather!

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  3. Well you certainly ruffled my feathers with your pillow. That is really beautiful and creative. I love how you took the pattern and made it your own.Great job you and Katniss did!
    xo jan

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  4. OK, that feather is gorgeous!! Great job :)

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  5. What an attention grabber! Your pillow is fantastic. Thank you for sharing.

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  6. How pretty and original…great job!! Thanks for sharing :)

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  7. I love your feather, how wonderful!

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  8. Wow, the feather and pillow are terrific! If you and Katniss run out of space, I'd be glad to take it off your hands....lol. I decided I better follow you to keep an eye on it.....and Katniss, of course.

    xo Linda

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  9. A smashing feather, fantastic quilting, and adorable ruffles! All together an incredible pillow!
    (I might borrow the idea...)

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  10. I love the idea of the feather, and the ruffle on the edges just finish the project off:)

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  11. WOW! What a great pillow! Love everything about this pillow, the feather, ruffles with a trim :-) and the quilting on it exquisite!

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  12. Your pillow is adorable. I love it. Thanks for sharing your creativity

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  13. I sew very much love this pillow! I'm not a modern gal, but if I saw this in a store I would have to find some way to make it fit with my decor! Absolutely stunning and creative work (again)! Thanks for sharing your creative inspirations!

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  14. What a wonderful pillow makeover. That ruffled feather is absolutely inspired. Love the colors and the quilting. But I must be honest, Katniss looks like she is really not paying attention. The window is more important than the sewing right now. LOL Your supervisor seems distracted. Thank you sew much for your lovely entry this day.

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  15. Such a creative creation! Great ruffles, great feather, great pillow!

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  16. It should make you happy! Your pillow is super-creative and super-stunning!!

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  17. This is my "WAOH"!! factor today, your pillow is just wonderfull!!! I know the pattern, I have already done 3 tablerunner with it, and they immediately were given away, ladies screaming "I want it"..... so I already cut the feathers, but up to now, they are laying in a box, because I wanted some pause in between the tablerunners an a big quilt with the feathers! And now your pillow, with ruffles, it is just perfect!!! I love it, now I am the lady to scream LOL!!! Great!!!

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  18. YOu did so good my Friend! What a gorgeous pillow!! I love the ruffles and the feather, and your quilting is beautiful. Great job! :)

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  19. Oh this is truly beautiful. I always find the best ideas here. Thank you for the lesson. B

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  20. Oh, wow! This pillow would make anyone happy...love it! It is just gorgeous!

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  21. The pillow makes be smile also.... love ruffles ... love feathers .... great project!!

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  22. I love the feather and I love the quilting and I love the colors - I think this means I love it all! blessings, marlene

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  23. GOOOOOD Day Pat, now this is taking ruffling to new heights…get it wink….
    NOOOOO really this is absolutely adorable in so many ways….I can actually see a giant feather floating off your table into your mind….gorgeous...

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  24. I really love this idea. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  25. Adorable ....Pat!! That is a fantastic pillow...I just love it!

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  26. I love your pillow! The feather is so cool. Thanks for sharing!

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  27. I love your ruffled feather! How clever and pretty!!! Wow!

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  28. Well Pat you sure know how to ruffle some feathers, lol!!!! Your pillow is just beautiful!

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  29. Your pillow makes me smile. Pat, it is just a beauty with all those creative ruffles. I love all the details and the quilting puts this over the top!

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  30. Wow, Pat! Pun and all you really did a good job of ruffling your feather. THX for sharing your process as well as where you drew inspiration. To me that is often the most interesting part.

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  31. WOW! This is so creative! LOVE the ruffles on the feather. I would never have thought of that, but it is just perfect!

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  32. You are very creative. I love it.

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  33. That is such a cute pillow, pat! Great idea for adding ruffles :)

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  34. Congratulations on the WOW award. Well-deserved. Thank you for the great photos of your process. I have been intrigued by the feather idea for a long time. It was one of my earliest Pinterest Pins. The ruffles you added make it seem like it just lit on the pillow and might fly away again with a little puff of a breeze.

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  35. Now that is impressive. What great vision you have...and a wonderful heirloom too!

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  36. Oh my... your pillow makes me smile too! Wonderful use of ruffles!

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  37. This makes me smile too...I do love this one. very. much.

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  38. This is just beautiful. I am not a ruffle person, but this pillow is just wonderful and what an ingenious way to ruffle anyones' feathers.

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  39. Love your interesting site, thanks for sharing

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  40. You and Katniss did a wonderful job. I love the pillow. The straight line quilting is perfect as a backdrop for the feather. I need to get courageous and try some quilting. Yours certainly is an inspiration.. I love the ruffles. They are beautiful. I like the ruffles on the feather and on the pillow ends, too! I love the pops of color in the background. Another job well done and great inspiration. Thanks to you and Katniss for participating.

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  41. Is Wowzer a word! I hope so because you pushed the wowzer button for sure. Absolutely stunning and extremely inspirational. You did it again.

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  42. Oh my goodness!! What an AWESOME job!! You are soooo Creative!! LOOOOVE how you did your Feather!!

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  43. This is the most creative clever and beautiful pillow ever! Your ruffles are wonderful and really make the feather have that soft movement even while sitting still. Ruffles are Fabric Smiling! Thank you sew very much for Hopping...

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  44. Your ruffled feather is fabulous! Your fabric choices are perfect and your craftsmanship is lovely. Such a beautiful project and a beautiful helper as well.

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  45. This is the most unique use of ruffles so far, and quite lovely.

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  46. I am smiling - what a great pillow. You sure made the ruffles extra special with the piecing. Then, the added shot of color on the edges is beautiful and is my favorite part. Outstanding!

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  47. OMG I love that pillow. It is beautiful. And your tutorial was very helpful, I am saving it in hopes to make one myself. Thank you for sharing.

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  48. Your ruffled feather pillow is such a neat idea.

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  49. Congratulations on your being in the top two today. Your pillow is gorgeous.

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  50. Your pillow makes me smile, your pillow makes me happy, your pillow is making me turn green!

    What a fun, fun interpretation of the theme -- love the ruffled feather, love the background piecing, love the background quilting. I'm on my way to look up the original pattern you mentioned.

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  51. How creative! Ruffles sure dress up any prject and your feather is a perfect example of it. Very nice.
    cheers
    maggie

    maggiemine42@gmail.com

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  52. Very clever and a great southwest feel to it.. Love It!!

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  53. All I can say is WOW -- what a brilliant idea, and a beautiful result! :)

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  54. Stunning love the feather and the colors it is all wonderful.

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  55. How cool is that! To take a "saying" and interpret it into a fabric project.

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  56. I love how you've interpreted the AMH feather! The quilting on your pillow is great too!

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  57. Pat that pillow is absolutely beautiful and I loved the way you quilted it. You are such a wonderfully creative lady and I am sure Katniss help's a lot. Blessings Sandra

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  58. A very creative project. The quilting is very nice!

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  59. Oh, you are so creative! I love your feather, and your quilting is perfect!

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  60. Wow I've wanted to do a feather project, I've never seen ruffles on a feather but it's a perfect fit!!!!

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  61. What a fun project to work on! Love how the feather turned out.

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  62. I can see why this pillow makes you happy, it is a beautiful project. The fabric you chose is perfect for the feather and your quilting is amazing. I am always amazed at the beautiful projects, yours is one for sure.

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  63. Oh that is really clever to add ruffles to the feather! It's beautiful!

    -Soma

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  64. What a great idea, I love your feather!

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  65. Beautiful pillow! Your textured feather is amazing. And Katniss is pretty cute too. Thanks for sharing! ~Shari

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  66. Beautiful Pat!! Your quilting is awesome and I love the ruffled feather!! Thanks for sharing.
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  67. This is the prettiest pillow I've ever seen. You did an awesome job ... great design, beautiful fabrics, fantastic quilting.

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  68. Your pillow is fabulous! I need to make one or two for my living room, where so far no good pillows have been found. Thank you for sharing where you found the pattern.

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  69. Pat, I absolutely love this pillow! It looks fantastic! And the feather is just gorgeous ♥

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