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    My husband and I own a outfitting business and bring hunters up from the states to hunt geese and ducks, would I be able to use the feathers that we get to make a quilt and how would I do that? :)

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    "Never heard of making a quilt with the feathers, but you could sure come up with some expensive down pillows!

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    that is a great idea, it is just I butcher all the birds for meat and throw the feathers out, I figured I might be able to use them instead of wasting them, Thank you

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    Don't they just use the smaller feathers for "down"?
    Maybe someone would be interested in purchasing the larger feathers? I bet you could sell them on ebay to someone :D:D:D

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    maybe for crafts great idea!!!Thanks

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    I found a place on google that shows you how to make down pillows, it is easy now I have seen it.thanks for the idea.http://www.ehow.com/how_2363884_make-down-pillow.html

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    When I spent the night at my grandmothers, the thing I enjoyed the most was jumping into bed and sinking down in the feather bed, and then I covered up with another one. gosh, that was the best feeling! Especially in the winter when there wasn't any heat in that room.lol I don't know how easy it would be to make one, but it can be done.

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    I would like to try but I can only find pattern for pillows,

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    You could make a duvet, and then make a quilt for the cover.

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    I think the insides were heavy , like pillow ticking, and grandma just kept adding feathers until it was thick enough. After the ticking was fullo, it was stitched closed and then a duvet was put over it. That way she could take the duvet off and wash. The feather bed itself was just aired oiut and shook real good each time it was used. I d0on't remember that it was tied anyplace, because we use to shake the heck out of it to get it fluffy all over.

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    thats a good idea!!! my mom has a feather duvet and always getting poked but if I can make a quilt cover for it, it would be better.

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    we had feather pillows and feather beds when i was a child. to the best of my remembrance they were not tied just stuffed with 'down' not the hard outside feathers and you just 'fluffed' it when you made the bed. AND you never sat on the bed after it was made cause it would smash the feathers.

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    you use high quality muslin, if you buy the wide stuff (90" or 108") you can just get 2 separate pieces. (or of course what ever size you want to work with. lay a piece out, and draw 'channeles' across it...9"-12" apart is a good size, then turn and cross them again making squares of your chosen size. (you may want to make a little one to get the hang of this) put the two pieces of fabric together with your marked side facing in. stitch around 3 sides with 1/2" seam; turn right side out (markings now outside) press edges and stitch again around it with the first seam enclosed in the new seam (this helps keep the feathers from working out of the seam) now, this depends on how big you are working with....if it's big you only want to stitch your channels a little way at a time. if it's not too long, start at the seamed bottom of your (big pillowcase) at the center line, stitch up that channel. then working from one side stitch the channels so you have tubes. pour into each channel your clean feathers, so they are even across and as full as you want them, stitch the cross line, enclosing them... add more, stitch across...when you get to the top double fold the top and double stitch...this then can be used as your (batting) in a quilt :)

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    I would think you'd have to heat sterilize the down feathers. Otherwise...eeeewwww. Mites, critters and whatever else lives in feathers.

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    I once bought 2 feather pillows. They were very nice but once in a while, a feather would poke out and stab you in the cheek. I guess you have to cut the hard part of the "vein" of the feather up high, else it will poke through the fabric.
    What an interesting idea. I'd like to know if you do follow-up making feather quilts--I bet your process is a good story.!

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    Quote Originally Posted by clem55
    When I spent the night at my grandmothers, the thing I enjoyed the most was jumping into bed and sinking down in the feather bed, and then I covered up with another one. gosh, that was the best feeling! Especially in the winter when there wasn't any heat in that room.lol I don't know how easy it would be to make one, but it can be done.
    My memory is the same... remember you could hardly move but so warm and comfy!

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    mseva,

    I love your Avatar quilt!

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    I can't resist posting these dimensions for a feather bed: "It was nine feet high and six feet wide, soft as a downy chick
    It was made from the feathers of forty 'leven geese, took a whole bolt of cloth for the tick
    It'd hold eight kids 'n' four hound dogs and a piggy we stole from the shed
    Didn't get much sleep but we had a lot of fun on Grandma's feather bed."
    Thank you, John Denver.

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    I do know for a fact that you HAVE to get a special fabric that doesn't let the tips of the feathers poke through - it is very tightly woven - for pillows it is called "pillow ticking". As with another poster - you would surely have to sanitize the feathers first - not sure how you would do that - maybe search the internet for that. I think that it was be a very big job to get enough "good, clean" feathers gathered up to stuff a quilt with them.

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    hmmm, wouldn't they have to be cleaned some how first?

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    I think the best way would be to make tubes, then fill all the tubes to a certain point, sew across to close that section and keep doing it that way. My MIL gave us a huge down comforter, way too hot, so I've thought about making winter vests or jackets doing the same method.

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    Barbbrad,
    I have to add my 2 cents worth here. I remember my mother making feather pillows and "quilts". Lots of good suggestions here, web site ok but did not say this is at least a 2 person job.
    Before doing anything all feathers were washed in soapy water, then dried, (she air dried them, away from any movement of any kind) Probably could be washed and dried in drier if put in tied pillowcase. Her preferance was the down of geese and ducks, usually found on the breast portion of the birds. She never used larger feathers as they came off the bird. They were stripped, pulled off of the spine.. It was my job to hold the case open as she put the feathers in. Very time consuming projects.
    I still use the pillows she made 3/4 of a century ago. My pillows are over 65 yrs old. They have had new outer cover put on. Every time I change sheets the pillows get aired out side, fluffed a couple of times during airing.
    Fabric for quilt or pillow was very heavy fasbric called feather ticking, don't know if it is still available or not.
    Good luck. End product definitely worth it if you have the time and patience to do this.
    Keep us posted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by B. Louise
    I can't resist posting these dimensions for a feather bed: "It was nine feet high and six feet wide, soft as a downy chick
    It was made from the feathers of forty 'leven geese, took a whole bolt of cloth for the tick
    It'd hold eight kids 'n' four hound dogs and a piggy we stole from the shed
    Didn't get much sleep but we had a lot of fun on Grandma's feather bed."
    Thank you, John Denver.
    One of my favorite songs! Memories...... :thumbup:

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    You don't use the "feathers" - it would be really uncomfortable and not that warm.
    You use the tiny, tiny "feathers" known as down, even though it's called "feather pillows" etc.
    It's the fluffiness of the down that traps the air and insulates from the cold. Kind of the same theory as the puffy fiberglass you put in your house walls for insulation.

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    we have an artist in our area who paints wildlife scenes on turkey feathers...just amazing. Maybe the same on goose feathers?

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