Yes, I have been busy sewing! I had a deadline in which I needed to finish up four lap sized quilts. Here's my secret favorite of the bunch.
I've loved this feather pattern from Anna Maria Horner ever since I first saw it. Pattern here.
When I saw this quilt though, I knew that I liked this idea better than a whole quilt full of feathers. (maybe I'm just lazy and don't want to make that many feathers!) So I started out by making three feather blocks with white or off white backgrounds. Then I started piecing together large chunks of light colored fabrics to fill the rest of the quilt top.
So, the feathers were actually not hard to sew! I think I'll visit them again sometime. Piecing the background though? This is my least favorite type of piecing. It makes my head hurt, deciding where to put each piece, how big it should be, and balancing it all out without overthinking it!
In the end, my very favorite element of the quilt top is the little nine patch on the upper left side. I've had that idea for a long time, inspired by an image (not a quilt) I saw in a book. To put a little nine patch on the edge of a large otherwise plain quilt.
I used a Denyse Schmidt voile on the back. I've started using voiles as my backing a lot lately. They are very soft and silky, which is nice, but the main reason is that they're 54"-56" wide, which is just so handy for these lap size quilt. Right now, you can find a bunch of voiles on sale at Hawthorne Threads (just put 'voile' in the search box).
I did a dense swirly free motion design for the quilting. I thought it would end up a bit stiffer because of this, but actually it's super soft and drapey! Because of the voile back? I don't know, but I'm definitely going to try for that feel again!