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Click for larger image Feather Flower #3
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  • Copyright © 2013 Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry
  • Size: 30" x 30" (76 cm x 76 cm)
  • Techniques: Machine pieced and quilted
  • Materials: fabric: 100% cotton  / batting: 50% cotton/ 50% bamboo
  • Owner: Private collection, Lancaster, PA
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Design Concept

This is the third in a series of original, abstract, floral forms that borrow design elements from my "Feather Study" series of quilts. All of the fabrics are from my "Gradations" collection for Benartex and are available from our Bryerpatch Studio Internet Store.

The design started with a simple pencil sketch, drawn on scratch paper while riding in the car on one of my numerous cross-country trips in 2012. The sketch was refined and traced in Corel Draw to make a series of shapes that could be colored. I tried several different color combinations (scroll down for pictures), and chose one with muted, autumn colors to use as a guide for selecting fabrics. The design was printed on acetate and projected onto the dull/paper side of freezer paper to make a full size drawing with pencil. The large pencil drawing was refined, and additional details were added to the flower head. Using a sharpie marker, I drew over the final pencil lines and added registration marks so the lines could be seen on the shiny side of the freezer paper, which is the side where the fabric goes. The original drawing, therefore, was a mirror image of the final quilt. The curved seams in this quilt were joined using "Applipiecing", a technique I developed in 1989 to make curved seams that are fast, easy, and accurate. Instructions for applipiecing can be found at Paper Pieces.

Large drawing on freezer paper
The top for this quilt was pieced in my Paducah, KY studio in November of 2012, and appeared (in progress) on The Quilt Show with Ricky Tims and Alex Anderson. It was quilted in the summer of 2013 in my Port Townsend WA studio. The quilting was done with #40 polyester top-stitching thread in many different colors. On each of the feathery plumes I used a different color of thread above and below the center stem lines. The background is meander quilted in matching colors.

Trying out various color combinations in Corel Draw

Piecing the quilt top

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Drawing projected onto freezer paper using overhead projector

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Installation at International Quilt Market & Festival, 2013, Houston, TX

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Updated 1/22/17