Quilts of a Feather-A Quilt-Along-Part Two (continued)

I am back from my walk, and took this pretty picture of oak leaves to share with you. 

Anyone else see a quilt there? I know I do!

So, let’s move to the next step, shall we?

Tracing the Pattern

Pins mark the top and bottom edge of the feather and the centre

I will trace the pattern on to the backing fabric. I have used white; you could use any light colured fabric, perhaps a blue or a green?

The pins are in place to mark the top and bottom edges of the feather and the centre.

I placed the white fabric on the paper print-out of the peacock feather outline and traced it using an ordinary HB lead pencil! I would recommend you use a washable marker if you have access to one. Remember the tracing is to be made on the right side of the backing.

I had a glass table to work on so it was easy to see through the white fabric. You could tape the paper pattern on a glass window and the background fabric on top of that.

When I was tracing from the pattern, I realized that the centre was not marked very clearly on the pattern. Now, what?

I placed the fabric centre of the feather, wrong side up on the tracing and drew the outline on the backing.

The Quilted Peacock Feather
I placed the green centre ( wrong side up) on the centre of the backing fabric and traced around it to get the centre edges.
The Quilted Peacock Feather
You can see the centre traced here…

Simple solution, right?

Now my backing is ready. I remove the paper from below, but I leave the pins in place to mark the top and bottom of the feather and the centre on the backing. These are important.

Preparing the Quilt Sandwich

I don’t have any batting, so I don’t make a regular sandwich at all! But, as for you, it is time to prepare the quilt sandwich as you usually do…

Layer 1–the black background fabric for the feather on the bottom, placed wrong side up.

Layer 2–the batting (or a piece of flannel/ other thick fabric, if you do not have batting)

Layer 3–the backing right side up (with the tracing on top).

Now I carefully pin the three layers together, in exactly the same place as on the backing. This gives me the edges of my feather, and helps me in the placement of the blue-green fabric that will form the main body of my feather.

The sandwich from the front.

Where is the centre of the feather, you ask? For that you will have to wait–till I am ready to start quilting. Meanwhile, I am waiting for you to share your chosen fabrics on Facebook! Happy cutting, tracing and pinning!

For a list of materials required and the PDF pattern for the 7″ quilted feather, refer to the first post about this quilt along.

For the cutting instructions for the feather, refer to the second post about this quilt along. You can also download a PDF file containing cutting instructions from that post.

If you want a print-out of the tracing instructions given above, download the PDF file given below here.

Quilted Peacock Feather – Tracing Instructions (Part 2.2)

Author: Mads

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