The blocks in this quilt are 6 1/2". 61 pieces each. 3/4" squares. 168 blocks. You can do the math on the number of pieces. Amazing.
Heather had asked for feathers all over, and I decided that for the scale of the blocks, I would put one feather frond in each block, this way almost every square has some quilting in it. I alternated the 'tilt' of each feather, so it was a continuous design and also it created two different diagonal flows, so lots of movement provided by the quilting.
It shows better from the back--remember, it was meant to be subtle. The larger looking circles are where two blocks meet. I could have made it stand out more with echoing the SID and some straight line quilting, but this was a nice effect--a nice surprise for someone who looks closely enough. Can you spot the medallion in the photo below?
This quilt is very heavy, as tiny piecing tends to be. The shot below shows the movement and the diagonals formed by the feathers.