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)