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Thread: First Time Feather Practice

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    First Time Feather Practice

    Well as my grandma used to say "In for a penny, in for a pound" I have been practicing my feathers on my dry erase board for like 3 months now. And got pretty good at them, so decided to take myself to the long arm and see what I can do. Note to self: It really isnt the same thing using a pen vs using a machine. But that is ok, now I will just practice on fabric.

    I bought a yard of material for backing, and used some scraps for the runners. Just loaded one at a time, stitched it down then went to town. Apparently circles are the hardest types of feathers to do. Guess I am a horrible over achiever I went right for the circles... But will note, I am inherently lazy, so if circles are the hardest, if I practice them first and get really good at them...then straight lines will be a cinch. Saves time Or I am just a glutton for punishment!

    Not sure what I am going to do with them.....lol...probably give the blue/green ones away, the orange one had too many issues to share with anyone. So might just use it for the cat's feeding area cause he is such a mess.


    Anyhow, here they are. I had some tone on tone circles sewn on the blocks to give a guide. You can barely see it, but they are there.
    This is the first one, very first time on feathers....not great but there are a few petals that are good.
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    This is the second one, the feathers are getting better (tension too) more good petals.
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    And this is the last one, more continuity in the good petals, still some issues, but getting better.
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    And this is the backing....was a bear to find backing with all the border colors, but I did manage it.
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    And lastly, my quilt inspector. Keegan thinks he needs a quilted bed for my long arm table not just a piece of scrap tossed in a corner he sulked there for hours, so guess that is next on the project list. Will practice more feathers though!
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    You should be proud of the accomplishments you have made in such a short time. I know I am proud of you. HUGS keep up the good work sweetie
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    First feathers or not.....you are doing great! You will only get better with each project!

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    You did great first time out.
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    I would love to have a machine and practice and would hope to be as good as you on the first time out. That paper and pen must have been a great idea.

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    Awesome job, keep up the good work ! ! !
    Quilting is my crack cocaine!

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    nicely done
    Nancy in western NY

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    Love your determination, great job.

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    Wow , Impressive progress!! It's looking good!

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    KUDOs to you for your work. I think feathers is one of the hardest to master and it appears you are off to a great start.
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