Sunshine, grey clouds…and quilting……

Am continuing on my quest to feel comfortable in my FMQ. This project is the first I’ve done marking only the ‘spine’ for the feathers. It seems so much easier to do it that way. Just a slight guide that keeps me ‘on target’. I have more of a tendency to quilt smaller rather than larger so the other focus is keeping my feathers more open..that is proving to be a challenge for me. I have another large lap quilt ready to go as soon as I finish this, so I will continue on with this FMQ pattern. The picture on the left shows the back. The ‘grid’ is the machine basting that I do on my little bit larger projects. The top thread is water soluble and I use, usually, regular white thread in the bobbin. I wash the quilt when completed and the bobbin thread just falls away. That way I don’t have to worry about quilting around pins of any kind.

About treadlemusic

A quilter who rides motorcycle, living on a small hobby farm in southeastern Minnesota. Grandmother and Great Grandmother.
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9 Responses to Sunshine, grey clouds…and quilting……

  1. Treadlemusic – great feathers…..so after you mark/sew the spine, which side do you quilt first, left or right of the spine? I’m trying to find my comfort zone with feathers…..obviously, they’re in your comfort zone!

    • treadlemusic says:

      I do the right side from bottom to top. I have tried to then do the left on the way down……not so good!!!!! So I travel down to the bottom and go up doing the left side. Since I only have the line of thread on the “spine” I have a better chance that there won’t be as much build up of thread in that center. Those “flourishes” that I do between some of the plumes, I do after the feather is completed, I pause and look at the balance of the feather and where I want to go next or if I need to fill in the next area somehow. This idea was from Diane Gaudynski’s feather quilting (that I have been studying). Diane (http://dianegaudynski.blogspot.com/) and Wendy (IvorySpring) have greatly influenced me. I still am trying to totally find “my style” that is a ‘go to’ (do in my sleep?) style. Am ready to go on 2 quilts that will each require slightly different applications. Will post as I go…….stay tuned…hehe!  At the moment we are on holiday in Daytona Beach, FL, and will be heading homeward on Monday. Am having quilting withdrawals! Have a great day, Hugs, Doreen

  2. June says:

    Very pretty. How much is that special thread? What brand is it? I didn’t realize there was such a thing!

    • treadlemusic says:

      June, Thanks for stopping by and your kind words. The water soluble thread is by Superior Threads and is called Vanish Lite. I found a site that sells 2000 yd spools for $24. The site is SoftExpressions.com. YLI, also, makes a water soluble thread in smaller spools for $3.99 that is carried by quite a few quilt shops. I use it in the top and regular thread in the bobbin. After the quilt is complete, with binding, I wash it/dry it and the water soluble thread disappears and the bobbin thread will be mostly loose. It may be caught in a few quilting stitches but is easily freed up to be removed. The best part is no pins to deal with during the quilting process!! Yay!

  3. candy says:

    I love the feathers. I see a whole lot of practice feathers in my future for mine to look like yours!

    • treadlemusic says:

      I have totally been addicted to the feather quilting just lately and the encouragement I have found on the FMQ site of Leah’s, along with info found on Wendy Shepard’s ‘Ivory Spring’ site, have spurred me onward with all of the hints on how to successfully complete a project. And, as Leah keeps saying, practice, practice, practice…….I have little practice quilt “sandwiches” everywhere!!!! It is so much fun to follow everyone’s progress!! Hugs, Doreen

  4. ivoryspring says:

    Ooooooo…. I see feathers!

  5. Jeanne says:

    Your feathers look wonderful! And I love the flourishes. What a great idea to draw the spine – I’ll have to try that. ~Jeanne

    • treadlemusic says:

      Am always trying something different. Have trouble in the past with thread build up, since I use (mostly) Connecting Threads cotton thread for quilting. My machine likes it so, consequently, so do I! On this project I managed to match the thread to the green a little too well and am having trouble seeing it while I quilt. Something to be said for contrast, I guess. Have a large lap sized quilt to do next with the same fabrics so will quilt with a deep cranberry/burgundy thread and see if that works better for visibility. Sunshine and a lot cooler today. Liked Tuesday’s 66F a lot better!! Thanks for stopping by, Hugs…….

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