I started by quilting in the ditch around the outside of the appliques. Then I did the feathers. Last, I did some work inside the large flower and the pot because they are so large that they needed more quilting to help them lay flat.
I decided to quilt the pot in a grid between the designs. I didn't want to take away from the effect of the pot so I used matching thread.
I love feathers. In my opinion, you can never have enough feathers. Ever. So, I decided to quilt this series of quilts in different kinds of feathers. I started with Sally Terry's hooked on feathers. I quilted a spine starting from the base of the flower and working it's way out from there. I then went back and filled in the feathers with the available space leaving myself about an inch around the edge for a small break before the binding.
I also added an additional outline around the feathers once they were complete. An extra outline around feathers lets them stand apart from whatever fill you put around the outside. I really like the way the feathers pop out here too when you look at the photograph.
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