This is one Mean Old Lady!

This is one Mean Old Lady!
Self-portrait: 'Quilter on Fire'

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

F is for February and Feathers

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!  


  1. Those are beautiful feathers--especially for a first attempt! I've also been challenged by feathers and I'm following Diane's tutorials too, but have yet to sit down and try. I wish it was as easy as it looks in your pix.

  2. I will try to practice some feather this month. Thanks for the challenge.

  3. Lovely - with practise you will definitely get there...For goodness sakes dont quit :)


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