ITAA: fully fledged

One of the wings is done 🙂

Each feather now has its central shaft stitched in and is attached to the stiff foundation piece behind. The wing is about a metre long and the weight is quite substantial, so I’m really glad I made the foundation, or it’d be dragging on the front of the quilt, which would be pretty ugly.

It took the better part of a day to finish each feather and assemble the wing correctly, so I won’t have the second wing finished for a couple of days yet.

Once I do have the other wing finished they’ll be ready to be stitched to the back-ground ‘wall’. I have about half the blocks I need for the wall – there are more on the way and I also have to make more, so it’ll be a while before I’m ready to quilt and assemble that.

This detail shot gives you a better idea of the fabrics used in the wings, and also shows the tiny glitter of the silver thread I used to stitch in the shaft of each feather. It’s a small detail, but I think it adds to the overall effect. Click to enlarge the image.

I’m really happy with how the wing has turned out, to the point where I’d love a pair of wings just like it to wear on the back of a dark coat. Perhaps not for everyday wear, but striking!

I also have the ‘L-plate’ done, complete with its own hanging cord. I just have to make the wall hook and that’ll be all the 3D elements completed and I’ll have done the part I wasn’t entirely sure how to do. And there are more border blocks and a cornerstone on the way which I’ll show when they arrive.

And then there’s the Trudy Crowley Foundation logo I need for the top right hand cornerstone… I’ve been waiting to hear about this for a few weeks, and chased it up today, because time’s getting tight. I’d hope to be able to use it in teal on a cream background, but this is not a usage they want, which is fair enough; the master logo is lilac and white. However, I’m OK to use it in white on a teal background, so that’s what you’ll be seeing eventually.

Once the second wing and the hook are done, I’ll need to make the logo and ribbon cornerstones; the heart, shoe, glass and shell are all in hand (thank you, ladies!), and probably some more background and border blocks.

We’re getting there, slowly…


41 thoughts on “ITAA: fully fledged

  1. Looks like you’re flying 🙂

  2. lucyannluna says:

    The wings are fantastic

  3. tialys says:

    Somethings wrong with my desktop today and I can’t download my emails so I’m looking at this on my phone but, from what I can see, those wings are a triumph. Hopefully I’ll be able to get a better look later.

  4. tialys says:

    Ah, that’s better – a simple re-start sorted it out. How on earth people use their phone for browsing and buying stuff I’ll never know – I like to see photos as large as possible. So – even more of a triumph now it’s gone large – such amazing work and vision Kate. Will this work as a bed quilt – I’m assuming not – so, a wall hanging?

    • katechiconi says:

      I know, I couldn’t use a phone myself, especially for writing and posting.
      No, I think not a bed quilt, unless you want to get a bit squished! On the wings, I’m actually thinking of adding a tiny star-shaped sequin at the tip of each feather to add sparkle from a distance when the light catches them. It might be too much – I’ll have to do a test before I commit.

  5. claire93 says:


  6. that’s amazing. I love how the crafter can visualise the finished article, but the rest of us are awed when they get to a completion (I know it’s not properly complete – but you know what I mean!)

  7. Nanette says:

    Fantabulous! A work of art…and heart Kate. It’s almost as if there’s unseen hands guiding it.

    • katechiconi says:

      Oh, I think Trudy’s supervising in some way, for sure! It’s all going far too smoothly, otherwise.

      • Nanette says:

        Without a doubt! And forgot to say, posted my blocks Monday….a little later than I planned….so they should be there by tomorrow, maybe even today. You’re just up the road and yet mail takes so long!

      • katechiconi says:

        Thank you! I have no idea why anything north of BNE takes so long; it’s not like they’re venturing into Terra Incognita…

      • katechiconi says:

        Stop Press! I just checked the mailbox, and they’re here, and they’re BEAUTIFUL! Just perfect. I’ll photograph and post about them later today. Thank you, thank you!

  8. mlmcspadden says:

    This will be a beautiful work of art ….. and of the heart.

  9. Dayphoto says:

    WOW! This could win at an art show!

  10. craftycreeky says:

    Wow, the wing is stunning, beautiful!

  11. gwenniesgardenworld says:

    This is soooo pretty with all the soft colours and different fabrics !!!

  12. kathyreeves says:

    Creative Genius Alert!!!!!!!!

  13. magpiesue says:

    Wow, that’s some impressive work! Just got back from our PO, the blocks I made are finally on their way.

  14. elaine says:

    Beautiful flight! Very nice work. Can’t wait to see it complete!

  15. rutigt says:

    It´s looking great!

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