Made It: Radiant Peacock Mini Quilt

March 19, 2014

Radiant Peacock

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.

2014 Pantone Quilt Challenge: Radiant Orchid

 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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  • Reply Adrianne March 20, 2014 at 6:07 am

    This is a wonderful little mini and a very creative use of radiant orchid! Love it! (PS you have linked up in the quilts category – you can delete that link and re-link in the minis category). Thanks for playing along with the challenge!

    • Reply Kelly March 20, 2014 at 8:08 am

      Thank you for letting me know I have moved it over.

  • Reply Susan March 22, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    My husband is a big fan of peacocks. We have a park with several peacocks close by. Love how it turned out.

    • Reply Kelly March 31, 2014 at 10:35 am

      Thank you so much.

  • Reply Katie March 23, 2014 at 8:26 am

    This is brilliant – his head is indeed lovely!

    • Reply Kelly March 31, 2014 at 10:36 am

      It is isn’t it? I was so pleased how that turned out.

  • Reply Jay March 24, 2014 at 8:15 am

    That is absolutely stunning, and such pretty fabrics.

    • Reply Kelly March 31, 2014 at 10:37 am

      These Anna Maria Horner Dowry fabrics get better the more I look at them. So lovely to work with.

  • Reply Josie March 26, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    Oh my goodness, this is absolutely gorgeous, your Mum is so lucky! I love, love, love it!

    • Reply Kelly March 31, 2014 at 10:37 am

      Thank you Josie, I am so happy with how it turned out.

  • Reply Anne March 27, 2014 at 1:13 am

    What a great interpretation of your inspiration! Are those beads in the head feathers? Such a cute detail! Wonderful choice in fabrics. Beautiful work!

    • Reply Kelly March 31, 2014 at 10:38 am

      Thank you so much. They are actually just little french knots in the head feathers. Beads would have been a great idea though.

  • Reply Elizabeth Dackson March 27, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    How fun! I love how you took an illustration and made it quilty, great job!

    • Reply Kelly March 31, 2014 at 10:39 am

      I find myself drawn to doing this more and more actually. Making pictures from fabric and threads are great for small projects like wall hangings and pillows and I love working small.

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