This is a UFO that I started hand quilting years ago, but didn’t get around to finishing. I finally realized that I would never have time to finish it, so I took out most of the hand quilting (not very much, to be honest) and machine quilted it. It is made with four scrappy leaf blocks set on point with a triangle on each end.
My machine quilting is still not award-winning, but it is improving a lot with practice. On the leaves, I did some veins free-hand, and I outlined the leaves about 1/4″ away from the seam. I didn’t mark any of it, so you can see the lines aren’t perfect, but it still looks great.
Along the sides, I just drew a line with big waves between the leaves and used that as the stem for a long feather. There are two feathers that each start at one end and go to the other end of the runner. The plume sizes vary greatly, as I just tried to fill in all the space.
Even though I pieced this years ago, I still love it. I feel better using it since it’s machine quilted. It gets spilled on and washed regularly, and I would be more worried about it if it was hand quilted. My goal is not to have this as a family heirloom, but to use it and have it eventually wear out. Now I just need something for the other seasons!
Elizabeth DeCroos is the designer and teacher at Epida Studio. She loves to work in quilting, pojagi and embroidery and teach these techniques to others.
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