Wednesday, 25 November 2015

WIP | Feather Bed Quilt

Can I make a bold statement?  I don't think anyone has a mastery of colour and pattern, quite like Anna Maria Horner.  At least, not in the world of quilting textile design.  Sure, the likes of Carolyn Freidlander, and Alison Glass are right up there, but whether you're into florals or not, Anna Maria stands in a class of her own. 

Anna Maria Horner's Feather Bed Quilt has been on my quilty bucket list since I first laid eyes on it.  And now, several years later, I've finally started making it.  I'm not ordinarily one to work with a single Designer or collection in my projects, but for this one I wanted to stick strictly to Anna Maria's fabrics. Even though there are several different collections represented here, they all work beautifully together.

I'll confess, I was late to the AMH fangirl party, so my collection is still in it's infancy.  I've been gradually building my stash, and am finally feeling like I have a diverse enough collection for this quilt.        

I chose Kona Prussian for the background - I just adore the way the colours shine against this rich, blue backdrop.  The spine of the feathers is a super pale blue which reads as a white until you look closely.  

This is my first attempt at using templates, and I'm not going to lie, cursing was involved!  I don't think I've ever ripped so many seams in a single block before.  I was even tempted to bail, but the resulting feather block was so darn pretty, it was worth all the aggravation.  And I'm happy to let you know that the next few blocks came together much more smoothly!  I'm loving this quilt so far, and can't wait to have more to share!

I'm curious...who are your fabric design heroes, and what is it about their work that speaks to you?

I'm off to link up with Lee at Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday.  

Happy (almost) Thanksgiving, American friends!



  1. I have to agree with Allison Glass - I LOVE everything she does. I also am a fan of Anna Maria as well as Carolyn Friedlander too And Tula Pink. I think Allison just comes up with really great, different ideas, as does Carolyn. Anna Maria is, as you say, a color guru. That feather quilt is looking good. Happy Thanksgiving to you, too.

  2. Fabric design heroes for me would be Carolyn Friedlander, Alison Glass, Joel Dewberry, and Lizzy House. But I have to say that I still feel late to the party in understanding who designs what, so I am sure I am leaving out people whose work I love and admire. The feathers look great with Prussian, and it will be fun to watch this progress. :)

  3. So pretty Liz! I love the tartankiwi feather patterns, but this one is not pp I see. Good for you for persevering. I love pretty much all designers, lol, I just love fabric and colour. I do love Amy Butler, Kaffe Fassett, Valori Wells, etc etc (what Yvonne said lol) as I love and always have loved florals.

  4. Lovely! Great colors! I have the same project :)

  5. Hi: I have a fair bit of Annamaria Horner myself and also love Allison Glass. I love the Prussian blue and gald that you persevered with the feathers as they look great.

  6. whoops that should be glad.

  7. I agree that AMH has such a way with color, your feathers are beautiful!

  8. I think my bucket list is bigger than can be completed in one lifetime...but a big one on the list is a single girl quilt!