Machine quilting feathers – easier than you think

Posted by on May 27, 2014, in quilting & sewing,

How to machine quilt feathers - Feathers That Fly by Lee Cleland

Machine quilting a straight line is pretty simple. That’s why so many of us love to stitch in the ditches of our seams.

When we go beyond straight lines and try free-motion machine quilting, we might attempt a looping allover fill. Again, fairly simple.

But what if your lovely patchwork demands an equally elegant quilt pattern? What if wide-open background squares and bare borders cry out for the contrast of swooping curves? Something fluid yet formal? Something like a traditional feather pattern?

Machine quilting feathers sounds great—in theory. But if you can’t find a feather design that fits your quilt, you’re out of luck. Aren’t you?

Not at all. As it turns out, making your own feather quilting designs is easier than you might think.

If you can draw a heart, you can make your own feather quilting designs

How to quilt feathers - start with half a heart - from Feathers That Fly

“Drawing traditional feathers is easy,” says master quilter Lee Cleland. “Think about it. A feather is really just half of a simple heart shape. If you draw half a heart, you have one feather.”

Now that does sound doable!

Lee shares her quilting expertise in the book Feathers That Fly: How to Design, Mark, and Machine Quilt Feather Motifs. “In step-by-step lessons,” Lee says, “you’ll learn how to draw your own feathered quilting designs to fit any shape or border, including how to turn corners so that your feather design forms a continuous pattern. You’ll begin with the simplest feathers, progressing to more complex shapes as you gain skill and confidence.”

Contemporary quilted feather from Feathers That Fly

Feathers That Fly

  • Choose from 14 step-by-step feathered-quilt projects, from simple to elaborate
  • Learn how to make your own perfect-fit feathered quilting patterns, in both classic and contemporary styles
  • Discover the secret to making feathers fluid rather than stiff
  • Find expert tips and tricks for quilting feathered rows, wreaths, curves, hearts, swirls, intertwining cables, and continuous border designs

Feather quilt pattern - from Feathers That Fly by Lee Cleland
Learning how to quilt feathers: "Rows of straight-spine feathers create a highly textured surface on this small wall hanging. Placing quilted hearts on point at each corner is an easy alternative to "turning the corner," making this quilt a good choice for beginning feather-quilters." —from Feathers That Fly

Learn more about Feathers That Fly here


Feathers That Fly - How to Design, Mark, and Machine Quilt Feather Motifs
How do you like your feather quilting designs: traditional or contemporary? Let us know in the comments and you could win a copy of the Feathers That Fly eBook! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win.

Comments are closed for this post.

Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is Diane, who says:

“Either way! I love feathers! I am trying to get the hang of sewing them myself!”

Diane, we’ll email you about your prize. Congratulations!


128 Comments (leave a comment)

  • So far I have not been very successful in making feathers. But if I were to make them, they would probably be traditional. The book looks like it would be a great help in learning the dynamics and procedure in making successful feathers. Thanks!

    Jocelyn on May 27, 2014
  • I’m just beginning to experiment with learning feathers so I’d love to be able to do either contemporary or traditional and make them look uniform and elegant. I’d love to win this book.

    —Carol Vickers on May 27, 2014
  • I think the feather quilting designs – whether contemporary or traditional- depend on the quilt itself, the design, the fabric.

    —Monika on May 27, 2014
  • Traditional feathers are beautiful, but I really like the flow and movement of contemporary feathers; and depending on the quilt, can really make a huge impact.

    —Terri on May 27, 2014
  • I like classic styles in my quilts. I have never accomplished feather quilting and would benefit from Lee Cleland’s book. Beautiful Stitching!

    —Linda B on May 27, 2014
  • I love all kinds of feathers–I just wish my brain would cooperate when I’m trying to quilt them!

    —Karen Martin on May 27, 2014
  • I like funky quirky feathers. I’m not a formal person, I like to keep it casual, country.

    —karen thompson on May 27, 2014
  • I like both

    —Geni Pickens on May 27, 2014
  • I like a more contemporary look – feathers with geometrics appeals to me – but I have not attempted either. I am still pretty much straight line -with an occasional spiral thrown in…

    —regina on May 27, 2014
  • I think contemporary feathers can add elegance and interest to any quilt. I’m new to machine quilting, but just finished quilting my first queen size quilt. I’m excited to try some feathers.

    —Donna on May 27, 2014
  • I have to say since I am just learning FMQ that traditional is what I have been practicing. I would love to win this book It sounds like a I could really use it and I can use all the help I can get

    —Margaret Schindler on May 27, 2014
  • I’m never one to straddle the fence but in this case… I love traditional, super fancy feathers on a traditional quilt – I’m imagining an 8-pointed star with lots of blank spaces in the corners just waiting to be filled. But on a contemporary quilt, contemporary feathers look spectacular – Thinking about the mesmerizing background behind a gaggle of floating flying geese. Guess maybe "Both" is my favorite answer to this question.

    —Kris P on May 27, 2014
  • I have practiced for a while and each time I get better,thank you for the tips.

    Sally Bettner on May 27, 2014
  • I FMQ feathers frequently in my quilts. I like to fill negative space with feathers that look like big, unruly bunches of wildflowers in nature. I use a little more control when I place them in spaces like borders or repeated blocks. This books looks like it might contain some tips to help me with uniform feathers when they are needed. Thanks for the chance to win it!
    Bambi

    —Bambi Mayer on May 27, 2014
  • I have never attempted feathers as I am totally intimidated by them! I would love to have the book so I could learn. Thank you.

    —venita on May 27, 2014
  • Since I only started free motion quilting in March this year – other than a few messy attempts a couple of years ago – I haven’t really tried feathers yet. My hearts are acceptable, but with some practice I sure would learn to make feathers. Am more of a contemporary quilter, my free motion designs are mainly meandering, loops & off the wall designs where I just let myself go for it. Having a book to guide me with the free motion feathers would be just awesome!

    —Joy Bradley on May 27, 2014
  • I love quilting feathers and teaching them. I like traditional shaped feathers in a more contemporary arrangement. Lee is an amazing author and I’m looking forward to how she simplifies and breaks down the steps!

    Debbie Wendt on May 27, 2014
  • I like feathers in any style; the design is timeless and adaptable to any style of quilting. Stitching in the ditch and straight line is my speed but feathers are my style!

    —Deb Mac on May 27, 2014
  • I love the feather quilting design…traditional, modern, contemporary. I haven’t tried to make these beauties…yet. Just from reading this post it sounds easy. We shall see.

    —Susie Furgason on May 27, 2014
  • I haven’t tried the feathers (afraid to)! Thanks for the chance.

    —Janie on May 27, 2014
  • I can’t seem to get the hang of free motion quilting in general, feathers haven’t been quilted by me…yet.
    My dear hubby has been known to tell me it appears I like taking my work out more than I like the work itself. I try to free motion quilt, it looks terrible, I take it out, and more often than not revert back to my "old standby" hand quilting. So if there is a book that can help me conquer my fear of free motion quilting, and make my seam ripper for seams only, I would love to add it to my library!

    —Kandy on May 27, 2014
  • I guess I like the traditional feathers, especially the wreaths. They look so elegant.

    —Debbie Myers on May 27, 2014
  • I would like mostly traditional feather stitching with some contemporary but depending on what the quilt design is then I would add stitching that would look good with that design. I do love the traditional feather stitching on a solid background, there’s no more intriguing me, to wonder if I could ever do something so beautiful.

    —Dana on May 27, 2014
  • I love the traditional feathers! I’ve been practicing feathers a lot on my longarm…..you can finally tell they’re feathers!

    —Diane Norden on May 27, 2014
  • This looks like a terrific book! I really like feathers that suit the individual quilt. Sometimes a combination of traditional and contemporary is just what a quilt calls for, so learning both approaches is great!

    —jan davis on May 27, 2014
  • Don’t know the difference between traditional and contemporary. Long that the feathers fill the space and look pretty is what I like.

    —Quilting Tangent on May 27, 2014
  • I am usually more traditional when I use feathers.

    —Jeannine Stoddard on May 27, 2014
  • As much as I love a traditional formal feather, my style is contemporary. At least that is what I call my "artistic" version of. I am just delving into the world of free motion feathers and trying not to be critical with the efforts I am putting on fabric. I am watching the progressive improvement over the quilt top I am currently quilting. I figure everyone was a beginner once.

    —Julie Cruden on May 27, 2014
  • Never really thought about it t but I would have to say that I am more of a traditional type feather lover. This book looks like an excellent addition to anyone’s quilting library!

    —Cindy on May 27, 2014
  • I love traditional feathers.

    —Brenda on May 27, 2014
  • I have always wanted to try free motion feathers. Would love to win this book and give it a try.

    —Mary on May 27, 2014
  • I like the illustrations. Many books that help with first time quilters take a lot for granted. This breaks it down to a level beginners actually can feel confident they can begin to try. Most of the advice I have received over the years is you have to try. I’ve always been afraid to try. Seeing your illustration gives me the confidence to try. Thank you

    —Carol Pelletier on May 27, 2014
  • I love the more traditional feathers. I love when it gets real fancy and the feathers take on different sizes to fill in the different spaces. I am not that great at making feathers yet, I keep drawing them and trying different techniques and see which are easier to do. What a wonderful giveaway and thank you very much.

    Laurie P on May 27, 2014
  • As that i am just learning to use a long arm i try really had to do traditional feathers but they come out very contemporary. I would just be tickled to win this book. It looks like i would be able to understand the lessons that it holds within its pages. Thank you so very much for the chance to win. Happy pretty quilting to all.

    —Sharon Meyer on May 27, 2014
  • I prefer traditional quilting.

    —jane d on May 27, 2014
  • I am new quilter and just love these feathers! Have not attempted it yet, but the description to draw a heart is a good incentive to try. I think my tastes always go toward traditional, rather than modern, but I’m open to everything at this point! Thanks for the chance to win your book.

    —Jonnie on May 27, 2014
  • I am just venturing into free motion quilting. I was able to do a passable job of a spider web for a quilt I made for my sister. I would love to learn how to quilt feathers.

    —Paulette Petro on May 27, 2014
  • I’m afraid of feathers! They are so beautiful though.

    —Jane on May 27, 2014
  • I love both traditional and contemporary feather quilting designs because I like to vary my work

    —Marthese on May 27, 2014
  • The fabric, whole or block quilt and who the recipient will be would most likely dictate the feather style. I’m a wing-it type of person. ; )

    —DebbieW on May 27, 2014
  • I think it depends on the quilt whether a more modern look would be best or whether a traditional might enhance the overall quilt top. And, just because it’s a modern quilt doesn’t mean a traditional feather can’t be used. Having said all that, I only wish I could even come close to getting my feathers right. Could this source be my solution?

    Colette DeGroot on May 27, 2014
  • I love to free motion quilt traditional feathers!

    —Vicki Sprain on May 27, 2014
  • I love both types of feathers. Contemporary feathers are definitely easier to do.

    —Janice Mc Laren on May 27, 2014
  • Either way! I love feathers! I am trying to get the hang of sewing the myself!

    —Diane on May 27, 2014
  • i love the traditional feather quilting- whole cloth look .i used to make small pillows by hand quilting feather and wreath patterns when i was young ;and sell them to make money while in school. i haven’t tried machine quilting, and would love to try my hand at it with feather quilting!

    Susan Waters on May 27, 2014
  • I like both, it depends of the work. Feathers are always a good choice!

    Vivian WP on May 27, 2014
  • Feathers are one of my favorite quilting designs and I love both conemporary and traditional.

    —Judy on May 27, 2014
  • I’ve envisioned making a free motion peacock quilt for my bed. I can see it in my mind’s eye, but the thing holding me back is not knowing where or how to make the feathers. This book may very well be exactly what I’ve been looking for so I can create what I’ve only been dreaming.

    —Marisa on May 27, 2014
  • I would guess my favorite would be called modern. I like feathers with swirls and whorls coming off them.

    —Melanie V on May 27, 2014
  • I love making feathers. I love spontaneous feathers that show movement within their block rather than formal, precision featherwork. Freemotion is an attitude, not a technique!

    —Deborah on May 27, 2014
  • You know I think I like a mix of each. The whole quilt design in the blog post is classic yet it seems to have some snap to me. The block with the curl over designs I think is different enough to add pop to a quilt but again it has enough classic for me to not steal the quilt if it was paired with pieced blocks….lovely book I have another by same author…it would like a companion on my book shelf.. :0)

    Jane Modjeski

    —Mj Modjeski on May 27, 2014
  • Long, short, skinny, fat–depending on the project at hand is the way I like feather quilting.

    —Janey on May 27, 2014
  • I am a very traditional quilter – would like to try some more exciting machine quilting. Your book sounds perfect!

    —Nancy on May 27, 2014
  • I guess I would have to say contemporary because the feathers I create are very fluid. I have come to like them much better than the ones I used to quilt by hand following a stencil.

    —Nancy on May 27, 2014
  • I love all feathers! I like to make them freehand, without lines to follow, so I guess you can say, I like the contemporary ones best!

    Raewyn on May 27, 2014
  • Feathers fill such a design need. I would love Lee’s book she has lots of ideas and makes it look both lovely and easy. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

    —Diane on May 27, 2014
  • I have been learning how to do free motion feathers for 8 months. They are so fun and more instruction can only make you a better quilter. Every quilter loves feathers and wants to do them.I want to learn more designs of feathers.

    —Terri Cochran on May 27, 2014
  • I love all feathers just not mine! I am a beginner and need all the help I can get so I would be thrilled to win the book.

    —Kathleen on May 27, 2014
  • I like both traditional and contemporary feather quilting … need to learn how to do this!

    Susie on May 27, 2014
  • I would like to make feathers. I would like an easy to follow directions that I could follow. And I think this book would help a lot.

    —Sue Shew on May 27, 2014
  • Im starting to play with feathers and this book would help!

    —Patricia on May 27, 2014
  • Contemporary feathers seem to suit my style, but I have only viewed such. I’m not yet brave enough to tackle such a project myself.

    —Betty Jansen on May 27, 2014
  • I’m a fairly traditional quilter but I love feather quilting – both traditional and contemporary. Thanks for the samples you’ve shown on this post!

    —Linda Webster on May 27, 2014
  • I am so insecure when I try free motion quilting I need all the reassurance I can get. A book like this is going to be very useful.

    —Rivka Hamdani on May 27, 2014
  • I love both and think which is used depends on the quilt. I have tried quilting and drawing feather designs, but haven’t been very successful in either endeavor. I do love them and am determined to learn.

    —Melanie on May 27, 2014
  • I like them both, just depends on the quilt I’m working on.

    Joey on May 27, 2014
  • I love feathers that bring flow to the quilt design. But I’m still working on my technique! Sounds like a great book!

    —Elizabeth Smith on May 27, 2014
  • I have not done any feathered quilting so far but would probably favour traditional. I mostly quilt in the ditch except boarders where I use one of the stencils I have or X’s.

    —ELIZAJANE on May 27, 2014
  • I love traditional feathers, but have yet to attempt to FMQ any.

    —Deb G. in VA on May 27, 2014
  • I love them both

    —kkf on May 27, 2014
  • I tend to do contemporary feathers because I have a hard time being consistent in the size of the feather so it is MUCH easier to wing it and hope for the best!

    Calista Schafer on May 27, 2014
  • If only I could do feathers! I love them, but mine are jerky and lumpy. I need this book!

    —Judy Purcell on May 27, 2014
  • I like the traditional feathers best. Thanks for the giveaway.

    —Gwendolyn Clark on May 27, 2014
  • Whether traditional or contemporary depends on the style of the quilt, but I am biased towards contemporary styles.

    —Meredith on May 27, 2014
  • I like both types of feathers but contemporary are better suited to my style of quilts and my free motion ability at this stage.

    —Helen Shepherd on May 27, 2014
  • What ever fits the area. I am trying to make them more flowing. Mine looked like the heart to start, but I am trying to vary the feather to fill the space. Have to have a quilt to play again. Not all quilts scream feathers.

    —Linda Christianson on May 27, 2014
  • I like quilting feathers in a contemporary style, not wide, but more slender feathers which appear like they are floating in the air.

    —Rose Edwards on May 27, 2014
  • I like both!!! Although am just starting to learn how.

    —Tonie Peterson on May 27, 2014
  • I’m a total novice at FMQ with my home machine. I’m sticking mostly to traditional designs since I can readily access them but I find myself looking for ways to simplify or alter these designs to fit my not-quite-traditional quilts.

    —Nancy McFall on May 27, 2014
  • I love feathers, but I’m not really very pleased with the ones that I have made. so far. I can use all the help I can get.

    —Donna Street on May 27, 2014
  • I’ve never been too successful making feathers. I love them both, traditional and contemporary.

    —Marianne on May 27, 2014
  • I like swooping, twisting feathers the best. But any feather is good!

    —Janet T on May 27, 2014
  • I usually quilt my feathers in the traditional style

    —kathy on May 27, 2014
  • i am a traditionalist, but i am still hesitant to try feathers on a quilt.. i tried to practice once…that went to the ARL for a cage mat

    —Bunny on May 27, 2014
  • I love traditional feathers, I think they are so elegant and can really elevate a quilt to a wonderful level!

    —Kaye M. on May 27, 2014
  • I love the traditional feathers patterns and have a terrible difficult to develop them when I’m quilting, but with this book things look easy, I hope.

    —Maria do Carmo on May 27, 2014
  • I like traditional type feather quilting designs.

    —Bridget on May 27, 2014
  • I’ve been wanting to learn how to do feathers. Do lots of other free motion, just scared to do feathers.

    —Diana L on May 27, 2014
  • I love all types of feathers. I practice a lot but I’m still learning. I’d love to win your book. I promise to send pictures of what I learn!

    —Perri Krom on May 27, 2014
  • I love traditional feathers, but lately I’ve become interested in more contemporary designs.

    —kathy on May 27, 2014
  • I am drawn to the more traditional feather quilting designs.

    —Pat R on May 27, 2014
  • I like the look of traditional feathers. I want to try them on a quilt but am still working on getting the nerve! This looks like a great book to help me with that.

    —Annie on May 27, 2014
  • I like all kinds of feather quilting! For me, choosing the style would pretty much be up to the quilt. 🙂

    Julie W on May 28, 2014
  • I think I prefer traditional but that is only because I don’t know what contemporary feathers look like. I’m willing to try anything when it comes to feathers! They add an elegance to any quilt–and makes me look so accomplished! That is, if I could do them correctly!

    —Elizabeth Foley on May 28, 2014
  • Feathers can fill a quilt with formal or whimsical design beautifully. It does take a lot of practice–I’ve been practicing on a domestic machine for about a year, but haven’t had the courage to do them on one of my quilt tops yet! I really prefer quilt designs to be more contemporary, almost doodle-like, but I aspire to do a whole cloth quilt with whimsical feathers, so I keep practicing! 🙂

    —Barbara on May 28, 2014
  • I lean towards preferring traditional feathers, but it really depends on the quilt. Often contemporary style feathers look spectacular on a quilt where the traditional ones just wouldn’t work as well. This looks like a great book and I really hope I win! Thanks for the opportunity!

    —susan on May 28, 2014
  • I love the more traditional feather quilting. It reminds me of my grandmother. My days with her were always comforting and cozy. The finished product is the most beautiful quilting ya here is, so perFect.

    —Nancy Hanks on May 28, 2014
  • Sometimes I am a traditional woman (pearls a la 1950), sometimes I am contemporary diva (silver and turquoise), sometimes my quilt speaks to me and lets me know what it wants to appear like, so I don’t have any choice. Feathering is so luxe, though, it does not matter what approach you take…you can add stitches around them, you can leave them as they are…always impressive, and very worth the time to mark and stitch.

    Gail G on May 28, 2014
  • Traditional or contemporary? Well, hard choice. It depends on the project and mood to be conveyed in the quilting.

    I do know my feathers currently defy either category! Looking more like plucked feathers.

    Pauline T on May 28, 2014
  • The free style of feathers allows me to flow more gracefully from one area to another. It’s almost like dancing.

    —Sherbie Tollefson on May 28, 2014
  • I have done a little free motion quilting, sometimes meandering, sometimes following a stencil pattern. When I use a stencil, it is usually one I’ve made myself. Much as I love feathers, I haven’t quilted any yet. I would love to learn how to create and quilt feathers in a variety of styles.

    —Theresa on May 28, 2014
  • Traditional feathers, hands down!

    —Diane on May 28, 2014
  • I like both, depending on the quilt.

    —Pat on May 28, 2014
  • I am so new at fmq that all I can still do is the squiggly thing. I am branching out to try new things like a star on a western style blanket, to go with the roping cowboys. I would love to learn how to make feathers. Hearts are my favorite to handstitch in quilting. I love the traditional feathers.

    Debbie Taylor on May 28, 2014
  • I have just recently purchased a longarm quilter and find it more difficult to stitch feathers than on my domestic machine, so far! I like modern feathers, though I want very much to perfect the traditional feathers as well. I’m having such a good time practicing!

    —Katie Greene on May 28, 2014
  • I prefer the traditional feathers, although I have seen contemporary that suited that particular quilt.

    —Virginia in AK on May 28, 2014
  • Modern! 🙂

    —Kerrie on May 28, 2014
  • Oh yes, I love traditional feathers!

    Carolyn on May 29, 2014
  • I have had a hard time designing my own size free motion quilting feathers. I would love to have a copy! thanks for the chance to win!

    —Peggy on May 29, 2014
  • I love feathers of all kinds and would like to learn how to machine quilt them. Hope to win the book!!

    —Bea K on May 29, 2014
  • I love the look of feathers on a quilt whether traditional or contemporary, however I am still struggling with making them flow properly. I would benefit greatly if I won the book:)

    —Jean on May 29, 2014
  • Traditional

    —Ruth McKinley on May 29, 2014
  • I would say traditional feathers would be my style if I felt I was quilting an acceptable feather. But alas, I am still working on that skill. I think this book might help. Thanks for the opportunity.

    Judy on May 30, 2014
  • I am drawn more to modern quilts, so contemporary feathers appeal to me. I keep trying to perfect my technique, and have so much yet to learn.

    —Riley Middaugh on May 30, 2014
  • I love feathers and I would love to be able to make mine more complex and interesting. I like the traditional feathers but a feather is a feather as far as I’m concerned and they are gorgeous.Thanks

    —Mom C on May 30, 2014
  • I have not mastered either traditional or contemporary. I can draw on paper some feathers but to quilt them is another story. I would love to win the book, it might just give me the added confidence to quilt them.

    —Cindy Schultz on May 30, 2014
  • I am just starting to quilt feathers, still just practicing, practicing, practicing! I tend to like more traditional quilts, so I’m guessing I’ll like the traditional feather designs!

    —Paula on May 30, 2014
  • Since I am new to quilting, I have not tried feather quilting yet. There is so much more to quilting than squares and rectangles sewn together. But, that is where I am at right now. Just going by the words, I think I would pick traditional. Quilting to me is traditional.

    —Virginia Bronner on May 30, 2014
  • I love to make feathers of all kinds. Different quilts need different feather designs. So I’m always looking for "different" feather desgins that I can use to make my quilts just a little different.

    —Janie on May 30, 2014
  • Both, of course! It all depends on the project.

    —Lora on May 30, 2014
  • I’m a newby, but have done all five of mycompleted quilts on my home machine using free motion quilting. I’ll know I’m getting better when I can make a smooth and attractive feather, be it traditional or contemporary. I like them both, and wait for the quilt to "talk to me" when choosing designs for FMQ. It seems there are many different techniques to do nice feathers, but I have yet to find one technique that works well for me. Perhaps the e-book could put me on the path to beautiful feathers.

    —Ali Stanley on May 30, 2014
  • I love traditional feathers the most.

    —Lynn on May 30, 2014
  • I haven’t done too many feathers so have a long way to go in that regard. I tend to be more traditional in my quilting designs, I think. Would love to perfect feathers! Thanks for the give-away!

    Carol Kussart on May 30, 2014
  • I’m not in love with feathers. Why? Because they are so common. Every decorative quilt I’ve seen had feathers on it. I don’t hate them, I just do my best to avoid them. There came a day, no matter how hard I tried, using feathers was my only option on my quilt. I was taught to start with a straight line down my fabric; go back up that same line and on one side of the line to begin with my half heart loops (1^), followed by doing the same on the opposite side. Since then, I have learned to alternate from one side to the other using a continuous motion of loop’d loops. Birds of a FEATHER stick together.

    Keep smiling,

    Lynnita Shipman on May 31, 2014
  • I am just getting into machine quilting although I have been making quilt tops for 20 years. I love the look of contemporary feather quilting. I saw this book today at my LQS and really liked it! I am just not confidant enough to try it yet 🙂

    —Katherine Green on May 31, 2014
  • I have done feathers–not always that successful but once quilt done and washed they are acceptable. I tend towards the contemporary improv as you go with minimal marking. Maybe that’s where I go wrong but I think just more practices (and no cats sitting on the quilt as you try to FMQ!)

    —Nancy R on June 1, 2014
  • The next step in my quilting progression is to learn to quilt feathers – any feathers – as soon as I work up the courage to try!

    —Mary Ann on June 1, 2014
  • I like my feathers frilly.

    —Linda on June 1, 2014

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