Feathers are a classic, well-loved quilting motif, but they are finding more and more of a home in modern quilting as well. Add them in triangles and squares as an accent or commit to a big ol' gorgeous feather border! Either way, this tutorial will get you started quilting feathers with confidence!
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Spoiler: YOU CAN QUILT FEATHERS. Really! I promise. Let's talk about how:
Y'all have been asking me about them lately, and I thought this Jared Takes a Wife block (pattern by Bonnie Hunter) would be a perfect excuse. Plus, I think feathers are my new obsession. Like many of you, I spent a lot of time being intimidated by feathers. But, like learning free motion quilting in general, a little step by step practice, and you'll be feathering everything in sight!
Here's some pictures of the stitching progression we talked about in the video: Paisley swirls, feathers in a triangle, feathers in a square, feathered border.
Remember to use nice curves, fill the space, and be willing to practice! Doodling is always the first step to training your hand eye coordination for quilting a new motif, then stitch on practice swatches, then quilts. By the way, since feathers have a lot of curves, if you tend to have tension problems, be sure to check out my tension tutorial!
Brand new to FMQ and realizing you need some foundational skills before you jump into feathers? I'd like to help you with the next steps, too with my FREE Top 3 Tips for Successful Machine Quilting! Click here to get the booklet sent directly to your inbox!
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