The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 279 - Complex Feather

Friday, May 13, 2011

Day 279 - Complex Feather

Blogger has been down all day which is the reason for this incredibly late post! I've been wanting to post this design for a while since I used it in my 9 by 12 Transformation Challenge piece.

The wings of the butterfly were created with this Complex Feather:

If you look at this design, it's basically Butterfly Feathers with spirals inside the circles and arching lines through the feather body. Two simple additions create an amazing texture for this feathering design!

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Difficulty Level - Advanced. Don't let this rating discourage you! First start with Feather Filler and get the hang of that design, then try Butterfly Feathers. Once you have those two designs memorized, give this Complex Feather a try!

Filler Design Type - Stem Centered. To create these designs, you first start with a long, skinny stem, then travel along it and branch out with the feathers. This can go pretty much anywhere on a quilt so long as you have enough space to fit the stem and feather leaves.

Directional Texture - All Directions. The texture of this design really depends on how complex your starting vine line is. If you wiggle it around like crazy, you're going to have a pretty crazy texture.

Suggestions for Use - Complex Feather is, well, complex, so I'd put this in an area that you really want to show off and stand out. The texture and thread play of this design is always going to attract attention, so maybe play with this design in the borders of your quilts, where you have lots of space for the feathers to branch out, flow around, and really show off!

Back of Complex Feather
Feel free to use this free motion filler designs in your quilts,
and make sure to tell your friends where you learned it!

Let's go Quilt!

Leah Day

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  1. I love Feather's! I had to watch this one. Thanks for sharing!

  2. This is gorgeous! Nice job.


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