Fanciful Feathers

I can't remember the last time I was so proud of an accomplishment that I couldn't stop smiling. Yes, I've had various accomplishments throughout my career at work but this feels different. I feel like a kid who finally figured out how to tie her own shoes. That's how I feel about quilting feathers. Every time I look at them I'm just so proud of myself! Don't get me wrong - I still have more practicing to do. I can only make them in one direction, from the bottom of the stem working my way up to the top. I'm sure that will come in time. But for now, I'll take what I can get.

I was trying to figure out how to quilt the borders of my placemats and decided on a feathered corners. I tried copying a few that I found online but after practicing on paper it was better for me to make up my own design. Here's my practice muslin piece:

And here are the feathered borders on the first placemat: