Quilting Goddess Diane Gaudynski has a tutorial on quilted feather designs at SewCalGal's site. Feathers have always intimidated me, but they have their uses, and therefore I have decided to meet this challenge head on. Fortunately, I have a layered piece that I abandoned 11 or 12 years ago; it's not worth finishing, but it is perfect for practicing; it has nowhere to go but UP. I drew a set of curvy lines and free-motion quilted the feather below. For a first attempt, it's not so bad.
This feather was quilted with 'invisible thread.' There are a couple of really bad spots--one of which I tried to 'rescue' by adding 'pearls.' (Photo below.) If this were a serious piece, I would be ripping stitches out right now. But it's not, and I'm not.
The picture to the left is the back of the work; I have a cotton thread in the bobbin, which seems to agree with the machine better than having the invisible poly for both upper and lower threads.
If I sit down every day (or as close to that as I can manage) I may have a new skill by the end of the month!