The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 363 - Feather Leaves

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Day 363 - Feather Leaves

Remember Tangled Snakes and Rattlesnake? What will happen if we take that basic design and fill it with feathers instead?

free motion quilting | Leah DayThis is a great way to practice stitching one half of the feather shape. If you struggle with getting one side to flow and bend just right, this design will help you practice the shapes without having to reverse the opposite side.

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Difficulty Level - Advanced. This design does require a lot of careful travel stitching and space estimation to fill your quilt. Make sure to check back to the article on 5 tips for Travel Stitching and maybe try stitching a few simple feather designs before tackling this design.

Design Family - Branching. This design is formed by first branching out with a long flowing leave shape. You then stitch inside with a single row of feathers, bending them slightly so they fill the space with a soft texture. Once you finish filling the space, stitch outside and echo the feather leaf one time. This puts a bit of space between this shape and those around it so they don’t get all jumbled together.

Directional Texture - All Directions. I think a raccoon has gotten into the chicken coop - feathers are everywhere! Definitely place this design in a space that needs lots of movement and flowing texture.

Suggestions for Use - Do you want to learn how to quilt feathers? Why not create a quilt devoted entirely to this goal?

Pick a quilt top and start stitching the feather designs you like best. By the time you finish, you’ll have mastered these fun designs and finished a beautiful quilt at the same time!

Back of Feather Leavesfree motion quilting | Leah DayFeel free to use this free motion quilting design in your quilts
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Leah Day


  1. Absoulutely gorgeous! Maybe a little bit beyond my reach at this point but I will definitely come back to this beauty! Thanks, Leah

  2. Just wanted that I really enjoy your blog and love your free motion quilting. Wishing you a Merry Christmas :)

  3. Great combination of leaves and feathers.

  4. Thank you so much for your wonderful blog. I've been following since about design 18. I love today's. Someday I'll be able to get to more of them.

  5. Merry Christmas, Leah and thanks so much for getting me hooked on your 365 challenge ... just 2 more to go [unless you stick in a leap year day]! HA
    I also wanted to let you know that I have also admired your willingness to be true to yourself and live a deliberate lifestyle that keeps your priorities in front of you & allows you to step away from people who will never know you.
    in stitches, Mindy R.

  6. Day 363 !!! Almost there.... it has been a great ride.... this design is wonderful....


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