Funky Feathered Flowers…….

In answer to a question and request for a bit of a tutorial on the quilting motif I did on the quilt here, these are the “steps” I used. I will have to admit, I did NOT do much (read: none) practice stitching before tackling this project. Sometimes the idea is so much “in my head” that it just ‘happens’!!! ‘Nough said.

Step #1 is to create a stylized (your style) question-mark.funky feather flowers 001   Please, remember that this swirl need not be exactly like this one……these are merely “guidelines”. Step #2 is to add the “funky”/free-form ‘petals’. These can be whatever you want them to be and will evolve as you settle into the design (mine did!!!).funky feather flowers 002   The final step, #3, is to echo back to the beginning and be in position to start another flower.funky feather flowers 003  Step #4, begin the next flower……..funky feather flowers 005funky feather flowers 004  The “question mark”/stem may face whatever direction aesthetically pleases you and all the elements can/may be modified to suit the space that is needed to be filled……more echoing, larger/smaller stem, etc. There is no limit!! Anita's quilt, #2 002  This works equally well on a DSM (domestic sewing machine) as on a sit-down mid-arm or a long-arm. The main thing is to have fun with it!!!!! Any questions, feel free to ask/comment. Til next time, I have some stitching to do………..

About treadlemusic

A quilter who rides motorcycle, living on a small hobby farm in southeastern Minnesota. Grandmother and Great Grandmother.
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23 Responses to Funky Feathered Flowers…….

  1. Pingback: I can’t show the front yet… | Ruthie quilts! And quilts...

  2. Michele says:

    That makes total sense. Now I can’t wait to try it. Thanks so much.

    • treadlemusic says:

      I know you will have fun with this one and it really will “morph” into so many other possibilities. It truly seems like one thing just leads to another!!! I’m so glad it appeals to you. Hugs……

  3. witchylin says:

    I am just about to FMQ a quilt for a Christmas gift so will do a little practice piece and then try the effect out on the quilt. Thank you for the tutorial you make it sooooo easy.

    • treadlemusic says:

      Go for it and remember……..don’t be hard on yourself. When it’s all finished, all the stitching will blend together and give awesome texture. Little “bobbles” will NOT be noticed……unless pointed out!!!!!! Hugs……..

  4. Jen says:

    I like those very much. Thanks for the tutorial on how to do them – will have to give them a try

  5. Fiona says:

    thanks… I love these….

  6. Thanks Doreen!! Lovin’ the tutorial and can’t wait to try. Hugs, Karen

  7. ruthiequilts says:

    Reblogged this on Ruthie quilts! And quilts… and commented:
    This is my friend Treadlemusics blog post on how she does Funky Feathered Flowers… I think I’m going to try this one on my next quilt!

  8. ruthiequilts says:

    p.s. I’m going to share this so I can find it again!!! LOL!

  9. ruthiequilts says:

    Thank you for sharing how you do this D!!! You are so awesome!!! I may have to try it on my next quilt…

  10. ivoryspring says:

    Very nice – thanks for the tutorial! I should have checked in earlier — I would have known you are home! :o)

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