Suzy Webster of Websterquilt here! I love Christmas and decorating for Christmas. Even though I have lots of holiday quilts, I always want to make new ones each season. I think it’s part of getting into the spirit for me. This year I made a table topper using Sarah Vedeler’s GO! Heather Feather Border Collection Die (55414).
- ½ Yard Background Fabric
- GO! Heather Feather Border Collection Die (55414)
- GO! Star-2", 3", 4" Die (55028)
- Three shades of green for tree (fat quarters are plenty)
- Scrap of gold for star
- ½ Yard of Fusible
Creating the Tree
I started my project by picking out three fun green fabrics for my feathers. I wanted some variety, but I didn’t want them to be too contrasting so I kept to the same color, but different Island Batik prints. I fused a piece to the back large enough to cover the die and then cut out a set of feathers from each fabric. It helps to have a lot of pieces cut so you can play around with the shapes.
I started making my tree by putting two feathers at the top. Feathers either lean to the left or they lean to the right. You can see that the feathers show for my tree top here lean opposite ways which makes it easier to align them.
I continue to add feathers to my tree, one leaning in each direction.
Once I was happy with the result, I peeled off al the paper and fused my pieces down to my background adding a star from the AccuQuilt GO! Star-2", 3", 4" Die (55028).
The Finished Product
Here is my final tree. I decided I wanted to connect all the feathers together instead of leaving a gap between them. I did this using a thicker 28 weight Aurifil thread as part of the quilting process. I chose to use a Hobbs wool batting for this project to provide some puff to the tree and the snowy background.
Here you can see that I’ve used a thick line back and forth down the center of the tree. To stitch down the feathers, I simply outlined them and put a vein or two down their centers.
For the background quilting, I decided I wanted to do some wavy lines to look like piles of accumulated snow. I used a thinner thread for this because I didn’t want the quilting to stand out as much as the tree trunk.
I added a green binding for my quilt and couldn’t be happier with my new Heather Feather Christmas Tree quilt!