I promised my mum a handmade something for Christmas. I didn’t get anything made however so when she was here we were talking about what she might like and decided that a wall hanging for her stairwell would be perfect as she had just removed a hanging plant and the space seemed really bare.
A couple of years ago I had pinned this image and had been planning on recreating it with fabrics but always thought I would make a cushion. I just knew that this was the right idea for my mini quilt.
At the same time I came across the 2014 Pantone Quilt Challenge – Radiant Orchid, and really wanted to take a leap and enter. Happily I planned to use Anna Maria Horner’s Dowry for this project which had lots of purple tones in it and I had a fun afternoon shopping online for some other fabrics that I thought would work. I included some Kona Violet too.
I absolutely loved making this mini quilt. I started by making the applique peacock and the feathers. These were stitched in place using visible machine stitching in Aurifil 50wt in a sketch style that I know my mum admired on something else. I added the head feathers and legs using machine stitching and some hand stitching to finish off. I love the top of his little head.
And the fabrics I used for the feathers are just beautiful. I am so glad I have some of these left to make something for me.
I used the fabrics to make a patchwork border all around the outside and added another border of Kona Snow. I wanted to keep the quilting simple so I did some stitch in the ditch and parallel lines around the patchwork border and quitled around the outsode of each feather. I used quite squishy wadding which I wasn’t too keen on bt actually like the extra dimension that it adds now it is quilted. Finally it was bound in Kona Violet.
The photos are not as good as I would have liked but I was running out of time and it has been so sunny recently that I have had to make do. Pesky nice weather mucking up my images. I am so excited to give this to my mum when I see her in a couple weeks. This was also one of my projects for Q1 of the Finish Along so it is great to have something else completed.
Radiant Peacock Quilt Stats:
Pattern: My own design – applique and patchwork.
Size: 29″ x 39″
Fabrics: Dowry: Anna Maria Horner, Other coordinating fabrics, Kona Snow, Kona Violet
(Back) Ditsy flower print from stash.
(Binding) Kona Violet
Quilting: Machine quilted using Aurifil 50wt
This was one of my projects in my Finish Along 2014 – Q1 list.