The Free Motion Quilting Project: Quilting Feathers on Christmas Eve

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Quilting Feathers on Christmas Eve

Yesterday we drove back from vacation, unpacked the car, and everyone found a different spot in the house to chill, be quiet, and alone. I found myself in my sewing room, slid the door shut, flicked on the space heater, and got lost in beautiful feathers on the Dream Goddess quilt.

For this quilt I felt completely drawn to feathers and circles. I decided not to question or try to make this more complicated than it needed to be. I just allowed the circles to circle and the feathers to flow exactly where they wanted to go.

So here's a not-so-quick casual cam about the feathers in this quilt:

Hopefully you can see that no matter what direction I stitch the feathers in, I always form them the same way, traveling along the back side of the feather and swirling out to form the next. Keep in mind there are hundreds of ways to quilt feathers!

I had loads of fun shooting this yesterday and I hope it inspires you to try feathers soon too! Make sure to post any questions you have about this quilt in the comments below.

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day


  1. Enjoyed your video...Have a Merry Christmas Leah!

  2. Oh, Leah, you make it look so easy. I know - practice, practice, practice!

  3. Hi Leah. Hope you all had a great Christmas! Just also use dissolvable thread in the bobbin right? I've never used it before but it looks like a great idea!

    1. Yes, I use YLI Wash Away water soluble thread both in the top of the machine and the bobbin. It really does wash away completely so just be sure to mark your bobbin so you don't forget to change it when you're finished!


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