Sunday, September 28, 2014

Sunday Quilt Inspiration: F E A T H E R S


Oh, the things you can do with a single feather--pen a letter, tickle torture, tuck back a lock of hair, paint a picture, make a pendant...

Feathers make for great quilt ideas and adding them to other pieces of art can also work wonders in adding interest, color and form.  Let's work through this idea in an orderly manner.  

First, a few photos of actual feathers.  
Argus Pheasant Feathers | Classic Salmon Fly Tying Materials | Fly Tying Feathers

beautiful colors of Macaw Feathers. Photo by Michael Fitzsimmons.  Source:

And from the real thing to the art of the thing: several photos of prints and drawings.
Feather Pattern Print I really like how the feather pattern also has patterned within the imagery themselves - also how the feathers are positioned in different angles

Garden Feather-Original Artwork 5x7 Ink and Water Colours. $40.00, via Etsy.

If I ever got a feather tattoo, this would be what it would look like...I Could Let You Out You Know or Prayer for Freedom by rowenamurillo,

Tribal Feather Art Print 5 x 7 by courtneyoquist on Etsy, $9.00

Vintage Instant Art Printable- Gorgeous Feathers - Plumes - The Graphics Fairy

Then from the art of the thing to the use of the thing: feathers used in everyday objects.

Peacock in the Garden Masquerade Mask Art Masks by Marcellefinery, $125.00 Elaborate Mardi Gras Mask! My Big Day Events, Colorado Event Planning
this calls to me ....... we can do this with all of our wonderful paper designs, right? DIY dream catcher
Fashion Illustration Print Fabulous Feathers by anumt on Etsy, $21.00

With a Tahitian pearl to match my earrings!Jane Taylor Millinery, A/W 2014. Emery - Felt Beret Hat with Feathers.

And from the use of the thing to fiber with the thing: fabric!
He will cover you with his feathers,     and under his wings you will find refuge; -Psalm 91:4

This is a vintage feather fabric, BUT I think it would make a neat art project for the kiddos.

Liberty of London fabric // I remember falling in love with the color blue the first time I saw a peacock feather.. & Now, on fabric in peacock design.. Oh my..

And on to some sewn items, followed by quilty items.
DIY Graphic Tee...make with a fabric marker (sounds like Joann Fabric has). Love.
Pretty DIY Fabric Feathers Dishtowel with free pattern!

feather bed quilt (anna maria horner pattern)

AMH feathers twin size quilt | Flickr - Photo Sharing! A quilt, but inspiration for a paper crafted feather with patterned papers

Love the mix of feather blocks with the bird blocks

patchwork quilt top with appliqu├ęd scrappy feathers by anna maria horner

Wonderful "Birds of a Feather" quilt made with blocks from the Mid Century Modern Bee and Suz from PatchworknPlay. Even the signature blocks on the back make a cheerful quilt all on their own!

Amazing Quilt   I would like to do something like this with scraps from quilts that I have long do I wait to gather scraps?  or do I just do it now?

Angie Hughes | Textile Study Group

Feathers with selvages by Julianna at Sewing Under Rainbow.  Design by Joanna at Shape Moth, for the Forest Quilt Along.  Free pattern link.

Jude Hill feathers

Feather Quilt Mock-up - I really like this grey mixed with these bright colors!

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