The sun is shining brightly in Hilton Head where I prepare to tee off for a round of golf; my second love in life. But before I venture into the rolling, green hills composed of 19 holes I wanted to wish all my fellow followers a Happy Thanksgiving. I hope your plans include eating WAY too much turkey, indulging in a few holiday drinks and slumbering peacefully as Mr. Tryptophan slips you into nappy land. Those are myintentions for the next 24 hours!
What would Thanksgiving be without including Black Friday and Cyber Monday? So let’s whoop it up and celebrate those two unofficial holidays with a sale! You don’t even have to leave your home, I’ll help you get into the spirit of holiday shopping AND allow you to stay in your pajamas!
15% off storewide! This will include my two online classes Perfect Plumes and Anything but Junk: Tell All! Use code FIFTEEN for online classes. (note: iquilt classes are excluded)
Now’s the perfect opportunity to purchase those rulers that you’ve been yearning for but guilt has held you hostage. Or perhaps you want to create those beautiful feathers and my online classes have been calling your name. Not only will you finally learn the skill of designing feathers but you’ll surely be entertained during my online trunk show.
I’m quite sure you’ve been good all year and deserve a little “To Me, From Me” present or two! I give you permission to treat yourself and smile knowing you’ve taken advantage of a great sale!
Regardless of what you choose to do over this Thanksgiving holiday I wish you peace and prosperity.
Some things are worth the wait, and I have to admit these are one of those things! If you’ve been yearning to master the technique of creating beautiful heirloom feathers then, Perfect Plumes is calling your name! The class is broken down into steps that are easy to understand and provides the knowledge and skills needed to enhance this aspect of quilting. The only catch is there is no magic fairy dust..
You may not want to hear this folks but the fact remains, like many things, the key to success with creating feathers is practice, practice, practice! You want to succeed, and I want you to succeed, so in order to achieve that, Perfect Plumes includes worksheets to be downloaded. Trust me, they will be a huge learning asset. In addition, the class incorporates videos demonstrating drawings and stitching performed on the domestic machine.
When I began quilting, I desperately wanted to master feathers. This didn’t happen over night, in fact, it took some patience, time, and a lotof doodling. My unwavering dedication in grasping this concept evolved into a huge love of feathers. They are, by no means perfect, but that’s just fine with me.
Okay, enough about me, back to YOU and Perfect Plumes! Finally, the conclusion of this session incorporates a final project to test your skills, and the pattern is included! A class with manageable steps, videos, worksheets, and a final project; what more could a fan of heirloom feathers ask for? Trust me you’ll soon see that magic fairy dust isn’t necessary; the true magic lies in YOU!
I am blown away by the number of responses I received regarding feathers. Thank you so much for all the information that you submitted; I greatly appreciate, and WANT, the input! Rest assured that your valuable insight will contribute to the construction of an amazing feathering class!
Be on the lookout for a new “Feather Ruler”. You read correctly, in addition to the upcoming class I also have a Feather Ruler in the works! I still remain firm on the fact that everyone can create these beauties freehand, but a “combination” ruler will also prove beneficial. This tool can be utilized during quilting, more importantly, it will encourage the designer to draw plumes while training and instilling the process to one’s memory.
Feathers… the technique I wanted to learn above all else. I LOVE feathers, and couldn’t wait to master this technique. I would invest hours, upon hours, drawing those beautiful images. But let’s be realistic the outcome of my first attempts weren’t very pretty. However, as practice would have it, my skills have matured and my confidence has grown in leaps and bounds since those initial feathering days.
Since I know how agonizing it can be wanting those magical feathers to appear sooner rather than later on your fabric I thought it might be beneficial to share my process. My goal is to prevent students from encountering the same struggles and frustration that I did many moons ago.
The class, “Perfect Plumes” is so close to launching! But before it makes its big debut I feel it necessary to make sure that the majority of students concerns are addressed during this course. “Perfect Plumes” will be a beginner class that guides you through the step by step process and basic shape of the feather. In addition, by the completion of this session you will also understand how to intertwine and hide feathers. You can expect to have fun learning how to feather away on your fabric!
So before I launch “Perfect Plumes” I ask that you please send me those concerns and major struggles that you have come across when creating feathers. Your success is important to me, so give me your input! My mission is to demonstrate the tools and method that brings the amazing art of designing feathers to your quilting world!
Feathers, feathers, feathers. Yes, I do know how to quilt many other things, however, I absolutely love to quilt feathers. As soon as I had finalized the purchase on my machine I was determined to master the technique of quilting these beauties. So, maybe you have just bought your first machine and are having the same thoughts I just shared of loving feathers , or you have a machine and simply haven’t taken the time to learn this technique. Well, then this post will come in handy! Although this is an older video I thought I would repost it for some of my newer followers, and for those of you that have yet to tackle this motif.
The video I am sharing below is a tutorial on formal feathers, some quilters refer to it as the “hump and bump”.
Whether you are new feathers, or just needed a refresher on fine tuning your skills I hope you found this video beneficial. By the way what are your favorite motifs to quilt?
Here is where we left off on Tuesday… its worth repeating… if you don’t like your dividing lines (the scrolls on this design that are dividing up the areas) you won’t like your end product!!
You all know that I love feathers so that is what I decided to go with…. however, this design would look good if you skipped over the design work and just did fills…
I added some feather and some little pebbles along the scrolls.
I then decided ribbon candy would look good in the 1/4 circle. What do you think? it will make the unquilted areas there pop. I added some more feathers on the top scrolls as well. I love straight lines next to feathers so that is the fill I did around the outside but since I didn’t want to be precise when I got to the feathers…. I stippled next to the feathers. ( I do the straight lines first then go back and stipple over them.) I put also used some pebbles and a curvy fill.
I like to use a couple of different fills as it lends some more interest to the quilt.
What do you think? Do you have a New York Beauty you would like to share? We would all love to see it. Send it to Lisahcalle@me.com
I positioned the mirror in different corners. I love all of them… which is your favorite?
Jean Greco sent me the next two pictures. Thank you! I think we all learn best from each other when we share..
This post is a little late. But better late then never. 🙂
New York Beauty…. I think I am going to be making one of these now.
I thought for this one, I would go a little more in depth of my thought process so bear with me…
I wanted to start by dividing this block but I didn’t want to just go with curves or straight lines. I love how scrolls can look especially when they intertwine and go behind things… The first thing I started with was the middle diamond. I was unsure of how this beauty was set with the other blocks so thought this was a safe way to go regardless of how they were set.
I then drew one wavy line on each side going “under the piecing”. I know, it’s another start and stop or traveling in the ditch to make it work but I think its worth it. I then echoed back. I’m normally not worried about making both sides match perfectly. (life is too short for that) I then added the two scrolls coming from the middle of the diamond.
When I divide up a quilt, I need to LOVE the it. So much so that if that were the only thing I was going to quilt, I’d be happy with it.
The center or bottom right area, I divided up with come curves. Looks like a fan. I would also stitch in the ditch everything.
Stay tuned for what happens next……
What will you create?
PS: I would love to see your New York Beauty’s ….. send them to Lisahcalle@me.com
Today is the last day for the 15% off sale over at lisahcalle.com! Don’t miss out!
I have skipped over the Hunter’s Star since the Lemoyne star was so much like it. I am going to slow down on these posts as I want to actually have some time to quilt my next competition piece. So I will be posting progress pictures of that. I am hoping you all will give me some motivation to finish it… or at least get a move on it. LOL So I will post blocks pictures on Monday and Friday and see how that goes. I’d love it if you all participated. Any takers? If you send me Friendship star pics I can post them on Friday. I know short notice so, no pressure.
Here we ago…
Step 1 : Divide up your block. This is the first thing I would stitch… along with all of my stitch in the ditch work. As you probably have noticed I use a lot of ProEchoes in all different sizes because its nice to have a lot of different curves to chose from. Remember they are on sale right now…. just saying…
Step 2: Add some design work… no surprise what I chose.
Step 3: decided to add a chain of pebbles… this is where the ProPebble 1/4 comes in handy.
Step 4: I’ve added some extra curves in to frame the pebbles and straight-line stitching with the ProLine 16. Then I added some sand stipple right next to the feathers which help them pop. I also added some partial circles (using the Propebble 3/4 in the corner… once they are next to the other blocks they will form a circle.
Step 5: finished up with some more straight line fill on the outside of the feather echo and then some more sand stipple in the corners. Some crosshatching in the center ( 1/2″) and some circles in the triangles.
Here’s a peak of what a couple of blocks would look like together.