Sunday, October 3, 2010

Feather Fenced Flowers








Here is one of my oldest quilts and it is the one on my bed.  Machine satin stitch  appliqued and hand quilted, it was done on the polished apple fabric that was popular back in the 80's.  It was very pretty with a satiny sheen and needled so easily.  Each block was outlined with a small feather motif, hence the name.  I did a "pillowtuck" which is quite a large just quilted space that tucks under the pillows - I don't think that is done much anymore.  Quilters generally use the quilt flat on the bed with pretty pillows along the top.  On this one, I did a long appliqued motif that is on the pillows when the bed is made.  All together there are nine very large motifs that I took from some applique patterns designed by Pat Andreatti.  I have quite a few books that she has written. 

Above are six of the nine blocks.   This quilt was done in and around 1989 and my color pallette back then was not quite as scrappy as I make them now.  The backing is a plain ivory cotton and that is almost unheard of now, also.   Everyone pays close attention to the backing and many backs are almost as pretty as the front.     The center block is the one with the birds and in that one I quilted my initials and the year 1989.  You can make out CDB above the birds if you look hard, but it is impossible to see the year below in the picture.  (Click to enlarge)

9 comments:

Janet said...

Gorgeous quilt, Carol. You do beautiful work.

Momma Made This said...

Carol, this is stunningly beautiful! And of course it advertises the era it was made in. That is to be expected, and years down the road someone (hopefully one of your girls or their girls) will pull it out at a quilt show and say "Here is a stunning example of a quilt made in the late 80's; you can see that the fabrics are typical for that era." Yes, my earliest quilts from that general era had white backings, too. : ) But my earliest endeavors aren't nearly as gorgeous as yours. I hope to give you a run for your money before too long! : D

~ Ronda

Pokey said...

This has such a beautiful, classic look to it! I like the idea of the pillow cover, since it makes the bed finish up so neat.

Vicki ♥ said...

It is a magnificent quilt Carol. I love it and the colours are all so beautiful :) Its definately a real treasure :)Isnt it funny how things change and soon it will be back to these types again. Hugs Vicki xxx

Leslie said...

Just perfection, Carol. It is even prettier up close as I have seen. Linda, Janet, Earlene, Stephanie, Kathy and I had a great weekend and our quilts showed very well at the show. Wish that you would have been with us, that was about the only thing missing in the show, one of your applique quilts!!!!

FeatherDuster said...

So pretty, as all your quilts are :)

I like plain backings for many things.

Karen said...

A BEAUTIFUL quilt Carol!!!!

Lee Prairie Designs said...

"Wonderful", thank you for sharing Carol!

Carolyn

Stray Stitches said...

What a beautiful quilt! Thanks for sharing it with us Carol!!