A year ago I decided I needed some hand-sewing for my trip down to the 2009 Melbourne Craft & Quilt Fair, so I ran into my LQS and found they had Barbara Brackman’s ‘Morris Workshop” fabric range from Moda.  Being a long time fan of William Morris I decided then and there that I would base a feathered star medallion quilt on the green & reddish fabrics in the range.

I bought half a dozen fabrics went home and promptly told my sons, 18 & 15, that it was fend for yourself evening, and set about planning my quilt.  By the next day when I was on the train to Melbourne, I had at least one ray of the star done and was contemplating Broderie Perse for the first border.

While I don’t have a photo of the finished feathered star, (coming soon) I do have some images of the blocks of that first row.

image of acanthus block

Broderie Perse acanthus

I felt that rather than cutting up this particular fabric willy nilly it would be best to highlight the pattern that makes this fabric so beautiful. I’ve only got 11 more to go! This fabric is a reproduction of a particularly famous wall paper called Acanthus. I’m using a Valdani Hand-Overdyed 24wt Romanian Long Staple Merc. Cotton which is just beautiful to sew with.

These blocks will alternate with some scrappy square-in-a-square blocks that mix Morris Workshop fabrics with some others picked up along the way to give the quilt a lift in tone.

image of acanthus square

Alternating blocks for first border

And the corner blocks will be just a little different, I think.  It’s never a fact until it’s done of course.

First border corner blocks

As soon as I manage to get  a new camera, I’ll post a piccy of the centre block feathered star.  It will be a long time before I get this first border on due to the Acanthus blocks, unfortunately. But I have enough fabric to make the second border which will be similar in that I’m just going to let the fabric speak for itself.

Well time to get back to the house work, the home work and the real work.