The making of the strip blocks for the feathers is fussy, but otherwise, it's a pretty straightforward block. I really love the look. I can't wait to see what my bee mates come us with.
In case there are some of you who just want to make two feathers (maybe for a bee or a pillow), here are the instructions I gave my bee mates:
Please read through all of the instructions before beginning.
1 fat quarter of a background fabric (cream)
2 - 1" by 19" strips for the feather stem (grey)
Feather edges - A variety of 10” fabric strips of varying widths between 1.5”-3”. Bright, medium value fabrics work best.
1) Print out and tape together the templates from Anna Maria Horner’s Feather Bed Quilt pattern.
2) For the feathers, use 10” strips in varying widths of 1.5-3”. You will need enough for your feather template to fit on (12” high is good). Follow this tutorial for assembling and cutting out your feather edges — it's more fabric economical than Anna Maria’s instructions.
3) Using the remaining templates, cut out 4 F pieces first, then 4 B pieces, 2 D pieces, and 2 E pieces from the cream background fabric.
4) Assemble the feather blocks according to Anna Maria’s pattern instructions on pages 4 and 5.
You should now have two feather blocks of approximately 18.5” by 9.5”.
Clear as mud? Feel free to post any questions or comments below.