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Thread: Question about quilting feathers

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    Super Member KimS's Avatar
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    I've searched and read quite a bit but haven't really had my question answered yet. I would like to do some feathers so bought a stencil to work with until I get use to it. My question is does each plume start and stop or do they continue end to end until you've reached the end of where you want them?

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    Are you doing them by hand of machine? Feathers scare me. I keep trying them, but they never look like I want them do.

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    I'll be doing them by machine. They look so pretty and am ready to take that next step and do something other than meandering.

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    Find some finished quilts online, and see if they are feathered, and if they are, make the picture bigger and you can see the
    answer to your question.

    Just a suggestion.

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    machine quilting we tend to make lines as continuous as possible- as few starts stops as possible- so they are done from start to finish= there are a number of good tutorials-videos showing different ways to make feathers- do a search of 'machine quilting feathers' to see different ways they are shaped - done

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    i do them as one continuous many times that means back tracking in some way on the design.

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    I quilt feathers in several different ways. I think if you post which stencil you purchased it would be much easier to answer your specific question.

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    if done by machine, they would be continuous. i could not get the backtracking to look good, though. so i have tried a technique i've seen that leaves a narrow space between the plumes

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    Check this one for "hooked" feathers - machine-quilted, continuous, no backtracking over already quilted lines.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-36855-1.htm

    There's a whole book "Hooked on Feathers", but I reckon you could probably figure out how it goes purely by looking at the pictures in the post I linked.

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    I quilt on a LA so I always try to make a plume continuous. I do a lot of backtracking on mine but there are ways to not have to backtrack over an already quilted line. If you are doing them on a domestic machine I highly recommend getting one of Diane Gaudinski's books on machine quilting. She does beautiful feathers and has loads of hints.

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