The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 231 - Feathered Hearts

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Day 231 - Feathered Hearts

Thank you all so much for your great comments and a reminders that I'm taking myself a bit too seriously. I need to hear that sometimes!

After a nicely restive day, I woke up this morning and found that I don't sound too croaky so let's learn a new design called Feathered Hearts!

free motion quilting | Leah Day

After looking at it again this morning, I think this actually looks kinda festive. Maybe that's just what feathers do to any shape? They add that touch of elegance and movement that just makes you want to reach out and touch them.

Maybe this would be a good design to try in a Christmas ornament or quilted project? I think it would look terrific! Let's learn how to quilt it:

Inspiration - I've been playing with feathers a lot lately trying to find ways to make them easier to explain and maybe easier to stitch. I'll also admit that I sometimes like complicating feathers: adding swirls, arches, and echoes to make them even more complex!

Difficulty Level - Intermediate. As I say in the video, to start this design try marking a cross shape in the center of your quilting space as a guide for the hearts. Once the hearts are formed, the feathers just build off them so really it's the hearts that are most important to get right.

While quilting your feathers, try many different angles and directions for quilting. This is one of those shapes that is stitched differently by just about everybody, so play with it and find what works best for you.

Design Family - Center Fill. This design starts in the center and works out, so you do want to place this in an open area where it has room to branch out. You could keep it small for a flower shape or you can continue to expand the feathers to take up more and more space.

Directional Texture - Center Focused. I love starting in the center of the block and working towards the edges with feathers because as you get more space you can start expanding your feathers and making them bigger and more eye catching with every pass.

Suggestions for Use - I keep thinking about beautiful wholecloth quilts that go over the top with feathers of all shapes and sizes! If you already have all your quilted presents done for the year, why not try challenging yourself with a small wholecloth project? I promise it will be both challenging and fun in equal measure!

Back of Feathered Hearts
free motion quilting | Leah DayFeel free to use this free motion filler designs in your quilts,
and make sure to tell your friends where you learned it.

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Let's go Quilt!

Leah Day


  1. All of your designs are beautiful Leah, but I especially like this one. :-)

  2. What a beautiful design! I have just recently discovered the 'zen' of stitching feathers and I'm quite enjoying it. Thanks for a great tutorial for yet another project on the list!

  3. It just gets better and better! This one's beautiful. Thank you, Leah!

  4. thanks for the inspiration.feathered hearts are wonderful

  5. I love this design. I love all your feathers designs, but this is my favorite so far. I have been practicing feathers with stitching and with pen-zentangles. I would like to try a wholecloth quilt (small wallhanging), with this design in the center. Then try coloring with the oil sticks I got from you.


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