Since this was a super simple quilt to put together, I thought others might enjoy it, so I wrote up the pattern. It can be found on my Craftsy pattern page for a small fee. And the beauty of this quilt is that it doesn't have to be hearts--any applique or theme fabric could go in those squares. Someday, when I get time, I'd like to make another with a theme fabric. Someday!
Anyway, here are some close up shots of the beautiful feathers:
This is the top right
A closeup of a feather swirling into a triangleA look at the center feather, which has four stems
And another look at an edge and corner
And now for a bit on the quilting.
I used my trusty clear vinyl when designing the quilting, and wanted the feathers to be symmetrical around the heart blocks in the corners. I also wanted the feathers on the sides (edge to edge) to be the same on all four edges. So, after I designed the stems on the vinyl, I placed tracing paper over it and traced it in pencil. Then to the sewing machine! With a large needle and no thread, I stitched on that stem line to make myself a stencil. It's hard to see in the picture, but I'm sure you understand!I marked the stem line on the quilt with blue chalk before loading it on the frame, so that way I didn't have to worry about the sides getting misaligned. And yes, I did quilt the sides as sides and did not turn the quilt!
And for a bit of credit. I would like to thank Dawn Cavanaugh and Angela Walters for their excellent instruction on feathers. Both teach at quilt shows, and of course, Angela has a class on feathers on Craftsy.com which is awesome! So, if feathers are still a challenge for you, I highly recommend learning from these two quilters!