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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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    Quote Originally Posted by jaciqltznok
    OR trace the design onto paper like Golden threads...you sew right over it,,,,I just LOVE that stuff!
    OK I am going to have to look this up. SOunds wonderful. I think I would like this better than the blue or purple pens. Thanks for mentioning it.

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    The Golden Threads paper works well, you just have to remove it after quilting and I'd rather not have to! I am going to try the Ultimate Pounce Pad. Feathers can be done without any marking, but it comes with practice and the smaller they are, the easier to me(and I still need lots of practice to perfect).

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    Quote Originally Posted by leatheflea
    Sure can I did it here no stencil no longarm

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

    Just keep practicing.
    Your feathers are absolutely beautiful! One wouldn't be able to tell the difference of LA or domestic machine :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by leatheflea
    Sure can I did it here no stencil no longarm

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

    Just keep practicing.
    WOW- you did that on a regular machine??? I'm inspired!!
    (so sorry about the story behind that quilt :( )

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    Follow the lines free motion? That is very hard to do without a long arm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leatheflea
    Sure can I did it here no stencil no longarm

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

    Just keep practicing.
    Your quilt is so beautiful and to think you did it without a LA. WOW.

    A sad story attached to your quilt, so sorry!

    Thanks for your suggestion....PRACTICE...PRATICE...and more PRACTICE.

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    I started quilting feathers when I was on my regular machine. But now that I am on a long arm, I just make bigger feathers like 8" prongs. I love to quilt fleece throws with outrageous feathers. But I did feathers, feathers and more feathers on my regular machine.

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    there are many stencils designed especially for FMQ, including feathers. check the catalog on www.quiltingstencils.com There are also mini wholecloth preprinted pieces available as well as stencils for the smaller pieces. These are good for practice.

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    I use plain old white tissue paper,like for gift wraping.

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    Check out Patsy Thompson's website. She does awesome feathers with a regular machine and very little marking.

    Susan

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    Yes, it is possible. I'm making my first Scrappy. The first segment center just yelled out to me "Butterfly". I found a feather in a quilting book, copied it onto paper, cut out the pieces, pinned them on the piece representing a butterfly. Quilting it and (behold) a Butterfly.

    Hope this is the correct picture.

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    It's TOTALLY POSSIBLE to create wonderful FMQ feathers without a long arm! Here are some of mine done on a domestic machine; no stencil. I just mark the spine of the feather, if any marking at all. The white one was marked throughout the design though, because I wanted it symetrical/mirror image. I started learning FMQ a little over 2 years ago and only spend "hobby time" at it since I work full-time.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-108751-1.htm
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-135369-1.htm
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-140069-1.htm
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-95479-1.htm

    So, go for it! It takes practice, and I found the quilting feathers on a domestic machine DVD's from Sharon Schamber to be very helpful in improving my technique.

    Don't expect great results at first. After over 2 years, I'm finally getting more comfortable about doing feathers. Now they're my favorite/easiest design to do because I've practiced them sooooooooo much!

    Wendy

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    Use Golden Threads paper (available at quilt shops). Trace design right on the paper, and then stitch through. Set your machine stitch length a bit smaller so then it is easy to rip the paper away.

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    I was just looking at one of my books called "Feathers That Fly" by Lee Cleland. A whole book devoted to designing, marking, and quilting feather motifs. What a great resource! I agree with what others have said, it just takes practice to do on a domestic machine. Have you seen the Day Style Designs videos (free, online)? Leah Day is now testing less expensive machines using her techniques.

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    Quote Originally Posted by azwendyg
    It's TOTALLY POSSIBLE to create wonderful FMQ feathers without a long arm! Here are some of mine done on a domestic machine; no stencil. I just mark the spine of the feather, if any marking at all. The white one was marked throughout the design though, because I wanted it symetrical/mirror image. I started learning FMQ a little over 2 years ago and only spend "hobby time" at it since I work full-time.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-108751-1.htm
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-135369-1.htm
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-140069-1.htm
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-95479-1.htm

    So, go for it! It takes practice, and I found the quilting feathers on a domestic machine DVD's from Sharon Schamber to be very helpful in improving my technique.

    Don't expect great results at first. After over 2 years, I'm finally getting more comfortable about doing feathers. Now they're my favorite/easiest design to do because I've practiced them sooooooooo much!

    Wendy
    Your work is beautiful. You are a true master!!

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