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!
Thank you Manusco! I’m sure they weren’t aware that selecting Edison, New Jersey as the new venue for the NJ Quilt fest, would bestow upon me a priceless gift. In addition, I am quite certain they had no idea that they would have my professional and personal lives joining paths for the weekend.
So, believe it or not I actually grew up in the town of Plainfield which is right next to Edison, in fact my high school was in Edison. Good Ole “Evergreen School” (my elementary school) I remember it felt overwhelming walking the halls as a young student. Now the aged brick building appears so small. Ah those early school days..
Yes, rings were exchanged and vows were made. Unfortunately when I recently witnessed the establishment it was evident that the church had aged over time. It no longer evoked an establishment that housed an assembly of participating parishioners. Instead its lack of visitors was evident by the hollow, unkept, grounds and vacant parking lot.
My Days Intertwined:
Class was, of course, in session throughout the weekend. And my students were incredible as always. I couldn’t believe that one of my students actually went home and redid her “in class” project. A shout-out to Valeria for doing an amazing job!
My timing couldn’t be have been more on point. The weekend I was in town also happened to be the life celebration of a dear friend of mine who had passed last year. Perhaps you recall my post last year that spoke of Paul. He was a second brother to me and his presence is missed daily. Paul is one of those rare individuals that we may have lost but will never forget. My older brother had a “gang”, okay let’s revise that a little. My brother was part of six, very close friends, who spent a lot of quantity and quality time together. Most of them knew me since the time I wore diapers. Thankfully I don’t remember such early introductions, bottom line, they were all an extended part of our family. When Paul lost his battle with cancer in 2017, it was an enormous loss to me. I wasn’t sure how to deal and process the grief that I was experiencing. In a shocker, quilting became my therapy. It was my means of getting through such devastation. My mind and hands went to work constructing a special piece for my brother in honor of Paul. Ironically the binding was completed during the Quilt Fest and I delivered this little memento at his party later that weekend.
Life has a way of placing us where we need to be at exactly the right time. Although none of us will be able to close the missing piece that Paul has placed in our hearts, we will forever relive our lives with him strolling, together, down “Memory Lane”.
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.
I am about to mention a tool that I am sure that I have made reference to previously. However, if by any small chance you missed the initial reveal of this tool; I will share with you one more time just how much I LOVE my Corner Pop tool .
During the last couple of months I’ve been in my studio dedicating time to a special project, along with squeezing in time for my four-year quilt. The Corner Pop tool and technique has made a huge difference in creating this design.
The photograph below shows the beginnings of the design.
I am auditioning different fabric pieces to select which shade of orange I prefer for this project. And as you observe those rather large pieces of material, you may be wondering where I incorporated the use of the powerful Corner Pop tool.
TA DA! Doesn’t that look a bizillion times better?!
I absolutely LOVE how easy this tool is to use. In the center of this quilt there is an enormous amount of open space. I have an option of leaving the space vacant, but due to the importance of this quilt I chose to give extra attention to the blank space.
I often wish that I took more time, and placed some thought into the construction of my design prior to falling in love with it. Life might just be a little less stressful. Therefore, I decided to push myself and step outside the box . Straying from the norm I actually created the construction of the design. My decsion in doing so has the jury out on whether ALL the pieces will cooperate and go together. If by chance they do, I will share with you all my creative, and crazy ways of tying these pieces together.
It’s true, if you are looking to add a little pizzaz to a block , this tool will bring some magic to your project! Take a few minutes and watch Deb’s video. The “popabilities” are endless! Enjoy!
Yep that’s where I’m headed, but what’s wrong with the picture below? If you said, ” The plane is not in the air” you would be correct!
Red Rocks Resort for Bernina University is my ultimate destination. This amazing facility is where the Bernina dealers gather each year and are introduced to future BERNINA, concepts and ideas. We also are given the opportunity to hear about new products, so exciting! This year brings a little addition to my time at the University as I am teaching two classes tomorrow, both focused on how rulers are used and the most effective ways to sell rulers in shops.
The travel for this yearly jaunt seems to be a challenge, last years trip was to New Orleans. During that little adventure I was supposed to play golf on an incredible course, but as my luck would have it I flew into Charlotte and had to stay the night. The next day I took Con Air to Miami and eventually arrived in New Orleans. Obviously I missed the golf experience.
BACK to PRESENT
10:27 am Monday, I should be half way to Las Vegas, but now that we are refueled and pushed back we have been advised that we are being rerouted. So I sit and wait once again but at least my seats mates are cool!
I told my row that once that drink cart is within my line of vision the first beverage is on me. At this rate we could be having milk and cookies as a bedtime snack.
6:09 pm No bedtime snack required, I finally made it! Now let’s get happy and make the most of my time at BERNINA University.
Do you have one trip that undoubtedly brings adversity and frustration to your travels? If so please share!
I have no problem encouraging my students to step out of their comfort zone and push themselves to experience something new but sometimes I don’t always like to practice what I preach. Yes, I am admitting yet another “Lisa flaw”. Anyone that read a recent post will recall that I did sew a bag, which is not my thing, and I had a great time. But I am ultimately a creature of habit and feel very uncomfortable taking steps into “newness” and that includes welcoming new things into my studio easily. And here’s what I mean:
My beloved BERNINA longarm has a friend now. Heavens no, not another machine, although that thought is very tempting. LOL I have the QMatic which is the computer component for the BERNINA. Now, I’m not a total dinosaur, in the past I did “computerized” quilting but this was back in the day (many moons ago) when I was quilting daily for customers and could not fathom completing projects without computerizing. Since I currently quilt for myself, I now find it hard to jump in and bring myself up to speed with technology. Yes, I need to come face reality, and with this incredible addition I’ll be in feeling like a more modern quilting girl in no time. BUT it will take some practice!
Learning the software is obviously my first goal, however, I also need to become familiar with the new weight of the machine while doing freehand. Ah, major learning curve! This is extremely important because although the machine doesn’t necessarily feel much different, the swing is a little different. Therefore, in order to apply those nice backtracking feathers, it requires me to practice, practice and practice some more. To aid in my training I’ve placed practice fabric (fabric I care less about) to make sure I’m comfortable with the new weight of the machine. After gaining confidence in the adjusted swing of my machine I plan on tackling a small piece that will hopefully be an auction piece at Houston. Fingers crossed.
Below you can see an orphan block from my four-year, never-ending quilt. This will be my Houston Quilt Festival Auction piece if I can get my rear in gear and get it on the machine. Yes, I realize there is a seam ripper in the picture. Remember I’m a WIP, need I say more?!
This quilt is more like the four-year and some odd month, never-ending, quilt…lol Goal 450 billion is to get that finished by the end of 2017. I refuse to let it become,”The 5 Year Quilt”.
So I’m off to practice what I preach and throw myself full force into learning, and understanding this new software. Big girl pants are pulled up, zipped and belted tightly!
What changes have you recently encountered that has you hesitant to step into the new, and unknown?
SEW(something I don’t normally do) + Testosterone (my three boys, my husband AND even my dog) = Me sewing a bag. Yes, you heard correctly, this “quilter” (non sewer) decided on a whim to try her hand at sewing a bag. And here’s why: I discovered this wonderful pattern for the Sew Together Bag at Pennington Quiltworks. If you haven’t stepped inside “Pennington Quiltworks” do yourself a favor and pay a visit to this store. In addition to coming across this darling pattern, I also felt the need to embrace the estrogen part of my world, every now and then I feel a little suffocated by all the maleness encompassing my four walls.
A fellow shopper in the store was kind enough to give me a heads up that the directions weren’t the absolute best, (thank goodness for the kindness of strangers) but if I googled the pattern I would find there is a blog sew along (no, not sing along, although I had so much fun I was singing while I sewed) Click here if you would like to have access to the blog. I chose this bag since it was touted as a beginner bag. Since I like easy peasy and being a non sewer I felt this pattern was right up my alley. Much to my surprise after googling the pattern, I found that some individuals didn’t agree that this was a beginner bag. Well, I am very competitive at heart, ask anyone who plays golf with me. Therefore, I gazed upon this pattern as if it were in a golf course and thought, “Back away from this non sewer, these opinions aren’t going to deter me.” FYI, lets not forget that I had also invested money in all the materials required to make this little bag so if you think I was about to waste my hard-earned cash Hell no!
Begrudgingly, I read through the directions. I am a visual learner and I cannot stand reading directions, don’t even think about commenting that I sound like a typical man. Anywho, I knew that in order to complete this little project I would actually need to follow the instructions step by step. The struggle was REAL!
DAY ONE: I completed most of the interior.
I actually completed all 3 zippers, now for me that’s pretty darn impressive! Remember people I am NOT a sewer, I am a quilter. A straight line I can sew, and occasionally a curved one but that’s really pushing it!
DAY TWO: I brought this project to a close, zippers and all!
Regardless of what the task is, new or old, I always learn something new. As I looked at my finished project I realized I would have liked longer handles. But overall for my initial attempt I am very happy and satisfied with the results. Lord help me if I stumble across some cool golf fabric, because then there will be many more of these in my future.
Please act surprised when you receive one of these from me during Christmas…LOL
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?
We all have a “few” of our favorite things. Those items that, if they went MIA, would have us completely paralyzed from doing anything productive. For me, there are those very obvious things like my longarm, and sewing machine that undoubtedly would prevent me from moving forward each day. But in pondering the less obtuse items, there are three favorite things that come to mind:
My Grandmother’s Thimble
When I received my grandmother’s thimble I was thrilled to have such a pretty memento. To me thimbles weren’t a necessity to quilting. I felt they were very cute, and made nice, tiny decorative piece; but useful…no I mean, really, how could a small piece of metal situated on your finger really become an instant force field? Well, was I enlightened to the thimble’s importance! I felt like Mel Gibson in Brave Heart when I finally chose to spare my finger tips from being murdered by potential needle jousting. My fingertips and heart thank my grandmother on a daily basis!
Even my red-headed assistant wants one of these (for those very, very rare occasions she needs to replace a button). Once she saw me use this little gadget she was in awe and was very tempted to walk out of the studio that afternoon with mine in her bag. No, replacing a button was NOT on her to-do list that evening she just fell in love with this handy-dandy device. But for those true sewers, like me, I am happy to know that in a mere blink of an eye my needle will be threaded. I can cast away those reading glasses, and wasted time making sure I am in a nicely lit area, this mini machine gets it done. Since revealing this item to Drea I have kept a watchful eye out to ensure mine doesn’t go missing. I might just bite the bullet and get her one for that once a year use.
Okay, so this little beauty is so important that I felt simply posting a picture and writing a brief description would not do it justice.
I really try to expand my repertoire with each quilt I design. I achieve this by incorporating a new technique; whether it be in the quilting, piecing, or appliqué, somewhere in my layout. A feathered star quilt is o ne that I have been longing to make, yet I have evaded this design due to the odd angles. I realize a feathered star is far from being a new skill; but I continue to side step any forward motion due to insecurities . I do very little executing on the EQ 7 but admittedly I have played around with the feathered star (see below picture).
Unfortunately no “YES!” moments have emerged, or any results that I perceive to love. So I suppose I will have to persevere and hope one day I will have a light bulb moment and a feathered star quilt design will appear in my head.
Who else has a technique they have been meaning to try? Or maybe there is a quilt design that you have thoughts of completing?