In all the excitement, responsibility and crazy that has been this year I completely forgot to post about the finished product for The Feather Beast; Slayed.

I wrote back in August about this quilts performance in the Canberra Quilters Member’s Exhibition and it still seems like a dream really.

Today I thought I’d share some better images of the quilt because it deserves to have the same treatment I give all the other quilts I finish.


The quilting was done by Raylee (of Sunflower Quilting) and it’s just magical. Whenever I see this quilt it makes me think of all the quilts I have admired online made by quilters I’ve admired from afar. It’s such a gift.


This quilt turned out nothing like I had planned.  In my head I thought it was going to be a testament to Australian wildlife, but instead it turned into a feast of scraps. My fabric stash was just so small and this needed so much. I ended up supplementing a lot of the fabrics I had with fat eights from a local store.


I decided to use Anna Maria Horner’s fabric for the backing on this quilt as a nice little nod to the quilt designer. I really love the moth print and feel that using it as a backing really provided the fabric with the room to breath that it needs. The quilting just disappears into this pattern and it’s fabulous.


The quilt is being sent to the Australasian Quilt Convention in Melbourne and will be on display April 10 – 13. I’m quietly thrilled that it’s going to be on display at another exhibition.  I love the thought of it hanging with all the big names in quilting.

I’m planning to take us all on a quick trip to Melbourne to see it hanging.  (Besides it’s a great excuse for me to see more wonderful quilts in person!) I’m hoping it will be the first of many over my lifetime to be displayed in Exhibitions.


For a quilt that I could barely bring myself to look at it’s certainly set off a chain reaction of events in our world and I’m ever so thankful for it.


Pattern: Anna Maria Horner Feather Bed Quilt

Machine Quilted by Sunflower Quilting

This quilt won the “Best Use of Colour Award”, “Hangers Award” and 1st Place in the “Commercially Quilted Category” of the 2013 Canberra Quilter’s Annual Members Exhibition.

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