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Sunday 22 November 2015

Liberty Lawn & Essex Linen FPP Feather

I love foundation paper piecing, but experience has taught me that not all foundation paper piecing patterns are equal, I'm very happy to shout from the rooftops, however, about all FPP patterns created by Juliet @The Tartankiwi.  

Juliet is an absolute Queen of FPP, her patterns are well thought out so there's the minimum number of pieces necessary for the sewist to piece the design as simply and easily as possible.  She is rigorous in her pattern testing too, testing and developing patterns thoroughly herself then she has several reliable testers trial the patterns and feedback before releasing them to the general public.

When Juliet sent me an image of her latest FPP Feather Border pattern I jumped at the chance to test it and here it is.

I've used Liberty Lawns for the feather and Robert Kaufman Yarn-Dyed Black Essex Linen for the background.  My favourite London shop for Liberty Lawns is Shaukat, they've more Liberty fabric than the Liberty store itself alongside other lawns and specialist fabrics - I've written a couple of posts about the fabric I've bought there here and here.  If you haven't been to the Liberty store then, of course, that should be top of your 'must do' list for any London trip - more pretty pics of the store here.

A couple of the lawns were left over from this reversible apron I made for my Mum a few years ago, you can read more about it here and though my Mum's looking very good for her years it's not actually her but my youngest, Flicky, modelling the apron ;D

Getting sidetracked now, all this talk of home and Liberty - let's have another look at that FPP Feather.

The FPP pattern includes two sizes of feather - 12" x 3" and 24" x 6" - I've made a 24" x 6" feather.  Juliet made the feather so she could border a block with four feathers, I've got other ideas, though.  Initially, I thought I'd extend the block to make a rectangular cushion but now I'm thinking a wall hanging so I'm going to sit on it for a while and see what ideas brew, you know the way they do.

You can see more tested versions of the FPP Feather Border here on Juliet's The Tartankiwi blog and her pattern's available now via her Etsy store and also her Payhip store.  

Disclaimer: I do not receive payment from Juliet @TheTartankiwi for testing her patterns, nor do I receive a commission on any patterns sold via her Etsy store or any other sales method.  This post is purely informational and of no direct benefit, monetary or otherwise, to me.

Please note the pattern does not include Juliet's Kea Alpine Parrot pattern as pictured but this FPP pattern is available separately.

Here's a look back at the patterns I've previously tested for Juliet.
Click any of the images below to go through to my post about testing that particular pattern:

The Tartankiwi FPP Pattern Testing by www.madebyChrissieD.com The Tartankiwi FPP Pattern Testing by www.madebyChrissieD.com The Tartankiwi FPP Pattern Testing by www.madebyChrissieD.com
The Tartankiwi FPP Pattern Testing by www.madebyChrissieD.comThe Tartankiwi FPP Pattern Testing by www.madebyChrissieD.com The Tartankiwi FPP Pattern Testing by www.madebyChrissieD.com
The Tartankiwi FPP Pattern Testing by www.madebyChrissieD.comThe Tartankiwi FPP Pattern Testing by www.madebyChrissieD.com The Tartankiwi FPP Pattern Testing by www.madebyChrissieD.com The Tartankiwi FPP Pattern Testing by www.madebyChrissieD.com

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  1. Oh I love to go to Liberty's when in London and Liberty print? well nothing better. The feather looks fantastic but very complicated

  2. Oh my goodness!! I LOVE the feather! I already purchased it!! It really has my imagination swirling today!! Thank you for sharing! I can't wait to make some lovely feathers. Those Liberty fabrics are so nice but I struggle with their cost! I'm quilting on a budget these days!!


  3. Your feather is so beautiful. Such a great combination of fabrics. I have never tried that technique. It looks really tricky, but I may give it a go, as the result is so pleasing.

  4. What a beautiful job you've done, and the pattern looks amazing!

  5. Very pretty! Quilting is something I want to learn to do. Some day.

  6. I love Juliet's patterns, I'm trying to psych myself up to try one out because I'm still a little scared of paper piecing.

    Your Liberty feather is just gorgeous!

  7. Liberty and linen is a magic combination.
    I was so overwhelmed last time that I was in the Liberty store that I came out with just a little sewing kit to give away as a Christmas present.

  8. The feather looks fabulous! I don't do much of pp, but I occasionally do, Juliet has some wonderful patterns doesn't she?

  9. It looks great, I'm not sure what I'd do with the finished feather either.

  10. Love this feather and your fabric choices are perfect!

  11. So beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

  12. What a beautiful feather pattern (yep, love her patterns, have the Lion on my "to purchase" list) and I have heard how great they are. Your rendition is so pretty! Oh, how I love Liberty fabrics, have done since I first heard of them through Paula Nadelstern in a kaleidoscope class I took from one of her protégées...still do not own any (shocking I know) and seeing the actual shop makes me green with envy...maybe I should put Liberty fabric on my Christmas list! I like how you said you will sit on it as far as where it will end up.

  13. Your version is gorgeous!!! I love her patterns, too, and as a foundation paper piecing pattern designer myself, I'm always amazed at how quickly she seems to come up with such gorgeous and, as you said--simply pieced--patterns. I love feathers, and this one is no exception. I've been following along on her testing versions on IG, but I'm happy to have stumbled upon you from Crazy Mom Quilts, too!

  14. Great combination of fabrics for your test feathers. Love the feather pattern, too. Thanks for sharing!

  15. That is a beautiful feather, the pattern for one, and your fabric choices accentuate it. I really enjoy the look of the feathers as a border of a block. Thank you for sharing.

  16. The feather is beautiful out of those fabrics Chrissie!!! Great job!

  17. very hard to go wrong with liberty fabrics! lovely feather. =)

    the liberty shop (and london itself) are on my travel bucket list!

  18. Your feather is beautiful, you picked great fabrics. I am going to have to give this a try.

  19. I love those fabrics in the feather. I love Essex linen, but it is a challenging fabric, that's for sure...

  20. That is beautiful!!! What a great way to decorate any fabric craft! Thank you for sharing with us at the #HomeMattersParty


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