Since my Muse still appears to be out of the country, I have been following the advice of others and working on "something" even if it isn't original or even "arty". I have been trying to find a way of producing plump, well-rounded feathers. In the recent past, I have done some machine Trapunto, and not been really satisfied with the result, although the technique works fairly well. I spend a lot of time checking out quilt related blogs on the internet and in one, found the suggestion that working with two layers of Hobbs 80/20 batting can produce a nicely rounded feather. This is what I have done here. This top was pieced, including the mitred corners, of which I am quite proud. I haven't attempted a mitred corner in at least 10 years
The only problem with using two layers of batting is that it results in a fairly heavy quilt. This quilt is only about 42" square. If it was larger, it might prove too heavy for actual use--not that I ever expect this to be used!
In my "arty" pieces, I usually add a false back to hide the intense quilting and hand stitching. I have experienced some tension problems with my Horizon 7700, in the past, and while I can control this, to a certain extent, the backs are not as good as I would like them to be. In this quilt, the back is quite fine. I backed the piece with a cotton sateen and quite like the effect.
The final binding will be in the green pin-dot, and I will post a picture when I finally get that done.
I am linking this with Nina Marie Sayre's blog http://ninamariesayre.blogspot.ca