feathers, Longarm Quilting, Quilting, wrinkles


Dinner conversation at my house, about a week ago:

“You’re pretty, mom,” said Emma.

“Thanks, baby,” I said. “You’re sweet.”

“It’s neat that you don’t have all those crinkles under your eyes like other parents do.”

It’s so nice to be appreciated, I thought, smiling, feeling a little smug. I guess I am aging pretty well. “They call those crinkles ‘crow’s feet ‘,” I said.

“Yeah, you don’t have much of those. All your wrinkles are on top of your eyes.” she says, smiling sweetly.

My husband bursts into laughter from the other side of the table.

“What?” says Emma. “What did I say?”

Darn it.

Poor wrinkles. It seems that Retinol has successfully gentrified my face, displacing the wrinkles from Crow’s Foot Cove and moving them to the untreated lands of Droopy Lid City. If only I was willing to chance blindness and slap retinol on my upper eyelids…but alas, I am only vain, not insane.

I did, however, go out and buy new eye “lifting” cream after this conversation. I’m hoping it has some gravity-defying properties that will gently push the wrinkles up into my eyebrows or something. Move them kindly, but firmly, to the perimeter?

We’ll see.

For now, I’m just making sure to keep my eyes WIDE open to stretch those wrinkles out, make them less noticeable. That seems reasonable, right? The results are pretty good so far – I look surprised all the time, but I find it adds to my overall enjoyment of life. It seems that if you look happily surprised already, you the more likely it is that you will actually be happily surprised. Like begets like, I suppose.

Speaking of moving things to the perimeter – and being happily surprised – that about sums up my experience with the Dresden Sunburst wall hanging I finished last week. Notice the perimeter is covered with feathers.

(That’s my next move for my aging eyelids, too – cover the droopy eyelids with huge, feathery, false eyelashes.)

But back to the Dresden Sunburst. Originally, I intended to quilt a feather wreath in the center of the sunburst, but there was too much bulk in there with all the overlapping seams. I settled on a meander all over the inside instead, which I think looks quite lovely.


I was a little disappointed not to do the feather wreath. You may recall that I’ve mentioned my frustration with and intention to learn feathering before in a previous post. I was going to practice those elusive feathers on this wall quilt.

Since the piece has two borders, I decided to do those separately so that they would stand out and add some textural interest. And so, the feathers got pushed to the perimeter. I used what’s called “longarm feathers” or “spineless continuous feathers,” following the method described in the book Sampler Quilt Smackdown by Bethanne Nemesh. (I purchased the book online from Quilted Joy in Louisville, KY.)


The feathers resemble interlocked hearts and they surprised me! They were super easy! All this time I have avoided quilting feathers, thinking they would break my heart. Ha! Just goes to show you. Sometimes the things we resist aren’t so difficult after all. I can’t say they are perfect – but pretty good for the first try, and since I’m no longer afraid of them, I’m sure I’ll get better.


In other quilt news, piecing the top of the t-shirt quilt is progressing well, albeit a little slower than I’d like. Here’s a peek:

1-DSC_0555The mosaic/collage style of the quilt is fun. Challenging! but fun. Hoping to have the top finished by the weekend.











3 thoughts on “Feathery”

  1. Hi Stacey,
    Gotta love kids – they tell you how it is, even when you don’t want to know. I’m sure the surprised look will work! I have tons of crinkles, and suspect I’ll have to have eyelid surgery someday. Thanks for sharing a peek at your t-shirt quilt! I am laying one out (my first) and am trying to figure out if I have to put sashing around all of the shirts or if I can just put it where it’s needed. I think your feathers look fabulous! First try?! Wow – great job – they are all the same size, and go around the corner nicely. Really fab. ~smile~ Roseanne


    1. Thanks for the comments, Roseanne! I have to say, I never considered or even thought of plastic surgery until she said that. Now an eye lift makes total sense to me! As for the T-shirt quilt – all my shirts are a different size, so I’m just adding in strips as needed to make a straight column. That is, I’ve laid out all the quilt patches on the bed. Then figure out which shirt is the widest, and see if I might want to trim it more or leave it as is. Then I take the measurement and match up the next patch – if needed, I add a strip to the sides to make the width match. Or just one side. If all your shirts are cut the same size, you could sash or not sash as you like – and it would probably go faster! But I like the improv quality of making it up as I go along, you know? Very artsy. 🙂 Have a great day! -Stacey

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