The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 356 - Feather Band

Monday, December 12, 2011

Day 356 - Feather Band

It's been awhile since we learned a new feather design so let's try something simple with this Feather Band:

free motion quilting | Leah DayWith this design I was experimenting to with overlapping the feathers in the middle of the space, but honestly after stitching it, I think Feather Band will look better of the feathers interlock rather than overlap in the middle.

Of course, that's just my opinion so try playing with this design and see what you think!

Difficulty Level - Beginner. This design is stitched along the edges of your quilting space into the middle, so it's a great way to practice travel stitching.

Design Family - Edge to Center. This design type is really interesting because it's basically built to go in the sashing or borders of your quilts. An easier variation would be to only stitch 1/2 of the design, leaving the opposite side open or quilting a totally different design into that space.

Directional Texture - 2 Directions. With feathers, the longer and more bendy you start, the more fluid and curvy all the feathers will be. It's harder to keep control of longer feathers so just take your time and try drawing it a few times to really get the hang of it.

Suggestions for Use - Feathers add a formal, ritzy touch no matter where you put them! I'd personally love to see this Feather Band used in the sashing to accent quilt blocks filled with other feathered motifs. It's a simple enough texture to add to those areas without distracting from the main focus of the quilt.

Back of Feather Band
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 comment:

  1. I don't know why but when I looked at this I immediately thought of the princess and the pea... Except she only had one pea under all her mattresses not one on each level... :) I really love this. Maybe I'll make a play on the fairy tale with this somehow - thank you for all of your posts! They're fantastic. I can't wait to see more reviews on machines. I am going to be buying my first machine for quilting in the sprint and I can't afford much but I am so so excited - even more so after going through your blog. I haven't watched any videos yet but in the last two days I have slowly worked my way through every post :) thank you for everything!!


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