Our long time columnist Margaret Solomon Gunn wrote yet another wonderful article for our March/April issue of MQU. She explains how to design beautiful feathers to fit wide borders, and as always it’s full of great information for our readers.
If you’ve been to a quilt show in the last
few years you’ve no doubt seen some of Margaret’s gorgeous work in person, as she’s been winning major awards on a very regular basis. Lucky for us, her expertise and attention to detail are evident not only in her quilting, but also in every article she writes.
I asked Margaret where she finds her design inspiration. She replied “All over, simply. I am mostly a classic-type quilter, appreciating the simple combination of geometric designs, feathers, and unique fillers. I attached a photo of a new quilt I am working on.
These are cable feathers, and the inspiration for this type came from the simple twisted appliqué border on the quilt. Using the piecing, appliqué and sometimes the fabrics of the quilt as a starting point for the design brings cohesion between the quilting and the quilt top. You can also see tiny flowers at the centers, made from 3/8″ hexagons. These tie the design back to the 21 fussy-cut hexagon plates that are appliqued onto the quilt. I like to think that my quilting is about simple, well-thought out, elegant details.
Until more recently, I always considered myself more of a quilt top maker than a quilter — loving the patterns and piecing, combining fabrics and colors, etc. As my quilting skills grew, I had to find a way to meld this very enjoyable part of the process with the quilting, which was clearly helping my quilts to shine. The trick is to utilize spaces that show off the quilting best — the solids, or my favorite, silk. It took 4 years of longarming before I was ready to put quilting onto a solid fabric to really let it show!”
Thanks Margaret! We’d love to hear from any of our readers who have used techniques they’ve learned from Margaret’s articles. Be sure to share it here or on our facebook page.