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Thread: Is it possible to do the feather quilting pattern without a LA?

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    Super Member Carron's Avatar
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    I would like to have that beautiful feather pattern design on some of my quilts, however I do not have a LA.
    Is it hard or impossible to do this FM style on a regular sewing machine.

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    Not impossible at all. All you need is a stencil and a marking took, like a disappearing purple marker or a water soluble blue marker. Mark the quilt top and then just follow the lines.

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    Thank you jljack, I really want to try this.

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    Show pictures, please. I need to be inspired to fmq!

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    Sure can I did it here no stencil no longarm

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-136972-1.htm

    Just keep practicing.

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    OR trace the design onto paper like Golden threads...you sew right over it,,,,I just LOVE that stuff!

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    I use to professionally machine quilt on my Bernina 1050. You can do it but it might take just a little practice depending on the stencil that you are using. Some stencils may require you to back track over your stitching on the curved edge of the outside of the feather, Remember NOT to stop on the curve. The more you practice, you should be able to pick it up quite quickly. After machine quilting for over 10 years, feathers were always the most challenging. GOOD LUCK !!

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    Indeed it is. Diane Gaudynski is an award winning quilter who uses her DSM. With practice, she says, feathers are attainable without marking the fabric. Here is a link to her website. http://www.dianegaudynski.net/resume.htm I recommend her book Quilt Savvy.

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    I second the recomendation of Diane Gaudynski's book. There are also a lot of other books out there. Ricky Tims also has a great DVD "Grand Finale". There are most likely some free tutorials on the internet also.
    I have done a queen sized quilt on my Janome with lots of feathers. (They can become adicting and are easier to do than they look.) Keep quilting, Elizabeth

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    many wonderful quilters create their masterpieces on domestic machines- it only takes practice- and the motivation to do it.

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