This foray into feather quilting has somewhat eclipsed all other possible motifs! Really, I guess, it’s been languishing in the deep recesses of my brain for as long as I have been doing the machine quilting ‘thing’…..but, now!……. Before I picked up all the helpful tips/directions from “Blogland”, I put together this small lap quilt for my mom. I knew at the time the quilting wasn’t exactly what I was aiming for, but it was not too bad. Just a bit “stilted” rather than a free flowing feeling of graceful feathering. But, as we quilters are apt to do, I persevered. Coming up to present, I have explored other methods of attacking said motif and, now, I can see that I have come closer to something that is comfortable for me and seems to be “my style”. These are the most recent attempts and, I must say, they aren’t too bad! The journey will certainly be ongoing but has become much more encouraging! Onward to the next quilt……the ideas swirl in my head for the next even as I work on the present. Hmmmmm, wonder if that is ‘the way of the quilter’!

About treadlemusic

A quilter who rides motorcycle, living on a small hobby farm in southeastern Minnesota. Grandmother and Great Grandmother.
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5 Responses to Progress……

  1. Jeanne says:

    I love the blue quilt and the feathers are absolutely stunning on all three! They certainly look free-flowing now. I can see your hard work and practice have really paid off big time!

    • treadlemusic says:

      Jeanne, Thanks so much for stopping by! Looking back at the blue hydrangea quilt, I really can see how my quilting has changed. The biggest change, actually, is not so much about quilting directly but the fact it has been just short of a year since I retired! Even this blog/journal has come a long way! LOL! I will be very challenged to continue this pace now that the beautiful weather is here and the motorcycle is at the ready! Hmmmm.

  2. Malini says:

    Hi Doreen,
    Your feather quilts look really beautiful. I especially love the blue quilt, its just so beautiful. I do see your motif. I bet in person they pop even more. Sometimes pictures don’t do justice to the quilt. In person they are even more beautiful.
    You’re so right about building your own technique for feathers. Diane Gaudynski was really inspiring to give me the guts to try the feathers. Otherwise, I would have always thought that I could never do feathers. I love some of Leah’s feather FMQ too. This years has been so much fun learning FMQ.


  3. candy says:

    Your feathers look sooo much better that mine. Of course, most feathers do! Any tips for me? 🙂

    • treadlemusic says:

      For a long time I actually tried to “copy” what others did for ‘feathers’ and, lately, I have taken elements from several (Leah Day, Wendy Shepard, Diane Gaudynski in particular) and melded them together. The one thing I have worked on figuring out how to avoid is thread build up. I, now, draw the ‘spine’ with chalk and work off of that for the motif. I sort of draw them as I need them and don’t really do the whole quilt top. I, then, fill in with the extra flourishes/smaller feathers as needed to create the density I desire. The biggest trick to using a DMS is seeing the “big picture” and keeping the quilting scale large enough. I would think this would be the huge plus for a longarm set-up (the quilt is spread out so you can really see). Thank you for the super kind words and for “stopping by”. Am off to begin a Quilt of Valor and, hopefully, incorporate some of Leah’s current tutes on quilting motifs. We’ll see if it works with the pattern choice. Quiltingly, and with hugs, Doreen

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