Pattern Testing Feather Chain

I was very fortunate to be asked by Gail Sheppard who you might know by her blog name Quilting Gail to do a pattern test for her. Of course I was thrilled and started pulling fabrics. I was not satisfied with the first pull and switched out fabrics. I was thinking of a subtle fall colour palette. This is what I came up with after thinking of our October with a surprise freak snow storm.

Cutting was simple and only took a couple of hours.

The pattern is straight forward and clearly written. Piecing happened over a few days because life does get in the way of my quality time with my machine. 😉

I enjoyed using some favourite IB fabrics along with some other batiks for this project.

In short order I had a completed quilt top.

This quilt finishes at 68” x 68”. It’s a wonderful pattern and one you’d enjoy making either in a two or three colour palette or very scrappy.

I did manage to have a lot of fun quilting this on the longarm, using a lot of ruler work with a neutral beige thread to put some emphasis on the pretty pattern.

A flanged binding (which luckily Gail included instructions for in the pattern) was made in preparation for the top to be sandwiched and quilted. It was the first time I had used a machine stitched binding. I usually machine stitch to the front and hand stitch to the back. I really enjoyed doing the machine binding and am positive I’ll do it again.

I had just finished the binding when a friend stopped by and needed a quilt for a young couple who had lost their home to a fire when the chimney on their wood stove caught fire. I didn’t even have time to get a photo of the finish. 😢

The quilt is part of some secret sewing that Gail did for Island Batiks. You can read about it and see her gorgeous version of the quilt here.

I’m so glad you stopped by to read my post. Do swing over to Quilting Gail to see her quilt and get the information on the pattern. 😉 Carol


Published by Carol Andrews

I have been fondling fabric and creating things with fabric and fiber for as long as I can remember. My children had homemade clothes, blankets, canning and quilts most of their lives. Now I create goodies to share! Hope you enjoy viewing them as much as I enjoy making them! When I am not creating with fiber or fabric I keep busy with Dear Heart, kids, grandkids, great grandkids.

8 thoughts on “Pattern Testing Feather Chain

  1. Hi Carol! I’m so sorry for your friends losing their house to a fire. How scary and how lucky that you had just completed it to give to your friend for them. The fabrics you chose look so pretty and just perfect together. ~smile~ Roseanne

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    1. Hi Kathleen. The flanged binding is a real game changer. I loved the extra pop of colour. It really made the chain pattern pop in this quilt. I’m so happy it brought some comfort and cheer to some nice people, but can’t wait to get a photo of it in its new home. 😉


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