Thursday, 24 January 2013

Overcoming the fear of feathers

I am making progress with my 'to do' list. Today, I finally sat down to make my feather block for Lucy as she is our January Queen Bee in the Bee a Brit Stingy. I have watched our Flickr group photos gradually filling with the most beautiful feather blocks and still I haven't started mine. I have just been feeling paralysed with fear about doing it. It sounds really silly but I just couldn't start it. I have had the templates all cut and stuck to card for a week now and each day they look at me, making me feel so guilty as I just dreaded starting the block. Today is the 24th of the month and if Lucy is ever to receive my feather block before the end of January, then today was the day for making it. I pulled myself and my fabric together, and got down to it. 
Feather block for Lucy
I am quite surprised that it went together as well as it did. If I had time I would make another but I am afraid that time is in short commodity this week. I did learn that you need variety in the width of the strips for the block. I don't think that mine is very good on that front. I also unpicked the bottom part of the feather and changed the original bottom part for the orange fabric. I think that it looks better with the orange but I would like to do another of these blocks sometime as I know that I could improve on it. 

Triple zippy pouch
On another front, last week I tried my hand at making a triple zippy purse. If you remember I had issues with the final part of the instructions and the whole thing took me a day to make. Debbie from A Quilters Table who designed the pattern, is hostingTriple-Zip Pouch Along over on Flickr. The 3ZAL officially starts on Monday, January 28th. So if you are interested you need to pop over to the flickr group and sign up. I am going to give it a go and I have plans to use the fabric below.
3ZAL fabric choices

Finally, my secret sewing is going well and I hope to finish the quilt top tomorrow.

Di xo

14 comments:

  1. Love your feather. Still not attempted it yet. Yeah I'm going to be late I fear! Liking the fabric choices at the bottom.

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  2. Oooo this feather looks great. And I am in awe of the triple zip pouch! x

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  3. I've seen lots of those little feathers popping up and I really like them a lot. Yours is great. Even if you think you might make adjustments next tie, you certainly won't let Lucy down with this pretty one.

    Love those fabrics for your 3ZAL and can't wait for the big reveal of the secret stitching.

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  4. Your feather is really quite good! You inspire me to try to make one someday.
    I love your triple zip pouch! I just made mine last night, and I used your idea of turning it out through the lining. I put some of my observations on the flickr group thead of tips.

    Can't wait to see your new pouch!
    Susie

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  5. Great feather! And loving those bottom fabrics too.

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  6. I love your feather and your triple zip pouch!

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  7. I didn't finish....! And.. Love your feather, glad that it all worked out ok

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  8. O keep looking at the feather pattern and thinking i'll give it a try, but not made it there yet, was it hard?? Loving the bottom fabric selection, very pretty. : )

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  9. fab feather - i just love them, don't you? three zips oi vay!

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  10. Yummy fabrics there! And well done on conquering your feather phobia! Jxo

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  11. Is your feather paper pieced? It and your zippy purse look great!

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  12. Oops you have reminded me mine are lying in a drawer waiting to be sent! Must do a post run today!

    They are never as bad as they seem - well done for getting there and hope this gives you more courage next time.

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  13. By now you will have finished that quilt I bet. The 3 zip pouch is lovely. I like the feather, I have wanted to try to make one too, they seem a bit tricky so I can see why you hesitated but yours has turned nicely.

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