I like feathers and feather quilts.
Like many people, I collect any feathers I find on my walks. This is a blue jay feather I found one autumn. It really is such a striking colour blue and I've never seen another like it before or since.
When I was a child, I spent part of every summer with my grandparents who lived in a small outport. I remember the bed I slept on there had a feather mattress. Though it was warm and cosy, it had a problem. Depending on how you moved, certain feathers could poke you. I don't think my grandmother had used just the tiny feathers to stuff her mattress; big feathers must have been in it too.
Stitching feathers has always been an interesting motif used in free motion quilting. I've been noticing feathers turning up as a modern motif for quilt blocks as well and I love looking at them.
This piece is the work of Anna Maria Horner and you can read more about it at her blog Anna Maria; as a matter of fact the pattern is generously offered as a free download. I got a little sidetracked when I was visiting her site; her blooming flowers patterns are also so beautiful.
I always wondered how difficult these feather shapes are to put together. Then I found this tutorial from the talented Alyce at Blossom Heart Quilts where it appears pretty straight forward if you use a paper piecing method.
What a pretty effect and also a great way to use up bits and pieces of fabrics.
I like finding hand worked things at a thrift store.I love the idea that someone had spent happy time stitching what I now hold.
This is the Sunday tea towel of a set featuring Dutch embroidered figures and scenes. They are lovely large linen towels- one for each day of the week.
This little stitchery is old but was put in a newish frame, perfect for a bathroom.
I like living in a small woods.
The view from every window is of evergreen trees.
I like finding words that help me understand myself.
Since I've moved around a lot in my life, the idea of home is a little different for me. I actually struggle a bit with feeling settled or at home anywhere these days. It's something I work on in my head and I know it involves feeling at peace, being relaxed and importantly having trust as well.
Ekhart Tolle's words always resonate with me. I understand that this is very individual- unique to each person if what someone else says is powerful or meaningful to you. But for me, Ekhart often addresses the very issues I grapple with and I often reread his work.
Read what interests me here: Ekhart Tolle's Guide To Transforming Your Life
Where ever You are, I hope you are truly home.
Drop by LeeAnna's Not Afraid of Color to read what some very clever people are liking this week.