A few weeks ago, I saw a feather on someone’s swap inspiration board. (People who participate in swaps sometimes make a collage of favorite things to inspire his/her partner). There are many people making mini’s with Anna Maria Horner’s Feather Bed quilt templates, but this one really caught my attention and had no link to the original.

Many days later, that specific feather was still stuck in my brain, and when I stumbled upon the original on Instagram, I knew I had to make one to give away this Christmas.

My brother-in-law loves pinks and purples and oranges in, I think, just about anything: men’s clothing, home decor, and hopefully quilted wall hangings.


Have you ever given something away and thought, “Oh, I hate to see that go?”

I felt that way about this feather for two reasons. The first reason is that I absolutely adore it. More importantly though, I realized after giving it to him that I missed a line of quilting in it!

It’s not all that visible above, but I noticed it when I was taking pictures… Here’s a better shot. Look just to the right of the feather. I quilted the mini in half inch increments and then went back to fill in so the quilting would be every quarter inch.


I’ve been searching the internet for the term for a piece of art that has “one mistake that bugs the heck out of the artist but not one else really notices.” I haven’t found it.

I did find this random list of differences between professional and amateur artists. (I’m horrible for getting sucked into the rabbit hole that is the internet). I like the part of the article that says professional artists know, “art is a process and nothing they create will be perfect.”

That’s pretty much an excuse for not getting the mini back to add that one line of quilting, but I’m going to choose instead to think that it’s time to move on to the next project. I think my brother-in-law will forgive me.


Quilt stats
Size: 10.5 x 22″
Pattern: Feather Bed Quilt by Anna Maria Horner
Fabrics: from stash including some Cotton and Steel basics, Anna Maria Horner, Denyse Schmidt, Lizzy House, and the tiniest bit of Carolyn Friedlander’s Botanics at the tip of the feather.  There’s some Lotta Jansdotter in the scrappy binding, too.  Background neutral is Robert Kaufman Essex Yarn Dyed Linen in Olive. 


  1. Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl

    It sounds like this mini went to the perfect home. I know what you mean about an item having some tiny thing that really bugs you. Sometimes it is just one corner of my binding that drives me nuts… that usually helps me decide which way the quilt is “up” so that I don’t see it as noticeably. 🙂

  2. Erica

    This is so beautiful, Daisy!  I love it!  The colors and the fabrics are such a lovely combination. I would have never seen that missing line of quilting.  I can definitely relate though to it bothering you.  I “re-paperpieced”  a section of a pattern the other day, even though my husband had assured me that no one would have noticed such a slight imperfection.  

  3. Julie

     Gorgeous feather mini.  I am that way when it comes to sending swaps away.  They say the Amish have a mistake in every quilt they make, cos nothing is perfect in life.

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