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
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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.
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This block was fun to do and I know want to make one….
Step 1: Divide up the block… this is one of the reasons I like to have so many ProEcho’s and ProCircles to choose from!
Step 2: Since it is storm at sea… I thought I would use some ferns vs feathers. If I were doing it again… I’d choose feathers. I also used the ProPebbles to add some little circles.
Step 3: Added some straight line echoing to the dark pieces as well as some crosshatching and straight line fill.
Step 4: Some more crosshatching….
Step 5: I used the sand stipple and an 1/8″ straight line fill.. Again, I think I’d use feathers if I were going to stitch this out.
As for stitching this out, I would stitch out step 1 first… it would look really cool to use an Aurifil 12 wt thread! Those lines would really stick out. 🙂 I would then stitch out the ferns, move to the crosshatch and straight lines and finish with the sand stipple. The reason I would stitch it all out at the same time as I want to maintain even quilting throughout so as to not distort the blocks/quilt.
So sorry this is late… between last week at BERNINA University and this week teaching at Quilt Odyssey, I got a little behind. I am hoping to catch up and get ahead this weekend.
It was requested that I tell you how I would stitch these out so I will start doing that as well.
Step 1: This was how I divided up this block to begin with… if I were working on customer quilts, I would stitch out the final design and not stitch out based on the steps that I show you. When I am working on my own quilts which are mainly competition pieces, I stitch out in the steps. So I know everything is going to work.
Step 2: Add some feathers…. you can do ferns as well or feather variations and it would look great.
Step 3: I wanted to keep this one fairly simple so I added some more continuous curves.
If I were stitching this all out,the small circle in the center would come first. Then I would do all of the continuous curves as well as the stitch in the ditch. Then would come the scrolls and feathers.
Hope you like this one… its a cuddable!
Next up is the Storm at Sea!
What will you create?
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