Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Textured Leaves with Windham Wednesdays

I got inspiration from last Monday's post with my Princess Feather quilts and plumes. And I looked at a new collection by Windham Fabrics called Textured Leaves and decided to cut out a single large plume from each of the 11 fabrics.

Here are the fabrics:
Textured Leaves by Windham Fabrics
I let time get away from me (hello? how are things in YOUR sewing room?) and only cut out 10. Not to worry, the 11th one is traced. Here is what I'm up to:

Freezer paper template ironed to fusible web backed fabric
I drew the template onto freezer paper. I cut it out. I iron it to the RIGHT side of the fabric, which has fusible webbing on the back. (Yes; I will be sharing the pattern with you.) Now I cut it out:

Princess Feather plume spins to the left
 And the mirror image:
Princess Feather plume spins to the right
Why? I don't know. I always let the fabric tell me what it wants. And who has to be all matchey-matchey anyway?

Here are the random plumes (minus the 11th one) scattered on my quilted pillow sham:

Oh, the possibilities!
Some spin right:
6 plumes spin right
I changed my mind on the way to the table runner I had in mind. Remember what I shared last week?

Dancing Leaves made with a Princess Feather plume template
I decided to work with blocks. I didn't like my first plan with the background fabrics competing with the plumes. These are too ho hum, don't you think?

First plan
 I cut 6-1/2" x 8-1/2" rectangles of each of the prints. I also cut two 1-1/2" x 8-1/2" strips of the same fabric as the plume. This way the block will become a square. This is how a block looks with a contrasting print behind it:

First block plan
I pulled out some light khaki solid fabric and this is what I got:

Second plan with the first block: much better!
I used fusible webbing to adhere the plumes to the background rectangles and then used matching thread to zigzag applique them to the background. Quick is my method here!

And now what do I have? A quilt center that measures 24-1/2" x 32-1/2" (unfinished). I have a plan for borders, but ran out of time. What? That never happens to you?!!

Dancing Plumes made with Textured Leaves fabrics by Windham
Here is the link to the FREE Princess Feather pattern that I made for Windham back in 2007. I used the large top half of the plume which is included full size in the pattern. Of course, you can make the entire Princess Feather quilt if you like. And whatever you make, please do send me a picture!

7 comments:

  1. Love the way that turned out, and thank you for the link to the pattern!

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  2. Like your leaves - very fanciful!!

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  3. Just got the pattern downloaded! Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Those are wonderful and will look fabulous for the fall decor.

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  5. Love your little comments -- what?, that doesn't happen to you. Heck. That's the story of my life! Just curious, do you recommend a particular brand of adhesive? I noticed that one I used last week is really stiff and doesn't drape nicely. (Well, it probably doesn't need to as it probably going to be a wall hanging.) Thanks for sharing your feather.

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  6. I really like your decision to put it on the khaki backgrounds and let the feathers shine out. Plus the borders were a great addition to the rectangles, too. This makes a very attractive quiltlet, but I'm still going for that runner. =)

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  7. I love your princess feather plumes, Debby! This design will be fun to try in so many layouts. Your "6 plumes spin right" is an cool riff on the tight-knit circles - or the other way around! Either way, with a mix of contrasting fabrics it will be fun. I already have volunteers from my stash. Thanks for the pattern and thanks as always for the inspirations! (janeherbst at roadrunner dot com).

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