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Thread: Quilted Feathers

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    Smile Quilted Feathers

    I love to see quilted feathers on quilts and have been trying to teach my self, I draw feathers on every scrape of paper but they still don't look like the ones I see here on QB can anyone suggest a tutorial that I could learn the basic shape, I have watched you tube clips but some of them are so fast.
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    Not a tutorial, but a book recommendation: Hooked on Feathers by Sally Terry. Her method makes it very easy to learn!

    http://www.amazon.com/Hooked-Feather.../dp/1574329731

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    Here is a link to feather lessons that was started last June. http://www.patchworktimes.com/2012/0...ather-lessons/
    I haven't tried it yet, but I've seen the results from several that did it and they turned out great.

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    Try Leah Day website. She has good free tutorials.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katier825 View Post
    Not a tutorial, but a book recommendation: Hooked on Feathers by Sally Terry. Her method makes it very easy to learn!

    http://www.amazon.com/Hooked-Feather.../dp/1574329731
    I've done this one and they turned out great and they are easy.
    As you can see, I love feathers.

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    I can only draw and quilt feathers going from the "bottom" to the "top". So on this tute... http://featheredfibers.wordpress.com...hand-feathers/ I have to back track back to the bottom of the spine. I can do this in any direction, sideways pointing left, sideways pointing right and upside down but I always have to be going in that bottom to top form. Took me a while to figure that out. I do the "hump and bump" method which means I backtrack over every other feather. I do it on the "hump" of the plume, the blog I linked backtracks over the line between plumes. Diane Gaudynski leaves a gap between plumes and echos around them.

    In addition to hooked of feathers, I suggest getting Harriett Hargraves Heirloom machine quilting book and Diane Guadynski's book Guide to Machine quilting. Both of them are pioneers in machine quilting and do exquisite feathers and have very good step by step instructions just for DSM quilters. I credit them with learning how to do them.
    I quilt on a longarm but have seen some DSM quilters acheive gorgeous feathers.Name:  feathered border.jpg
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    I visited a You Tube video yesterday 58 min. long, named "What to Quilt on your Quilt" . It was long, but very well worth the viewing. A long arm quilter / shop owner was giving a demo and seminar on what to quilt on your quilt. Very enjoyable and enlighting. I thought someone posted the info on yesterday's Board, but can't seem to find it, I did save the side's name, so you might want to check it out. She gave a lot of info on making feathers and general quilting a top. I definitely know I found the site on the Board, perhaps someone else can direct you to it better. I would recommend everyone - like myself who are not long armers and who don't do so great on quilting watching it.

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    I took Ann Petersen's Beyond Basic Machine Quilting from Craftsy.com (bought the class when it was 50% off) - her method helped me with my first ever feathered border.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skowron5 View Post
    Try Leah Day website. She has good free tutorials.


    Leah Day has a section of her website titled "365 Designs" and has it grouped according to ability level. Feathers are in the intermediate group.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gerbie View Post
    I visited a You Tube video yesterday 58 min. long, named "What to Quilt on your Quilt" . It was long, but very well worth the viewing. A long arm quilter / shop owner was giving a demo and seminar on what to quilt on your quilt. Very enjoyable and enlighting. I thought someone posted the info on yesterday's Board, but can't seem to find it, I did save the side's name, so you might want to check it out. She gave a lot of info on making feathers and general quilting a top. I definitely know I found the site on the Board, perhaps someone else can direct you to it better. I would recommend everyone - like myself who are not long armers and who don't do so great on quilting watching it.
    I think you are referring to Karen Hansen's video which was a link here a couple of days ago. She is marvelous! She suggests using Glad's Press 'n Seal to create a pattern, which I can't wait to try. Bought a box of it yesterday. Also looking for the book she held up, but have to watch it over to get the title. Anyone remember it?
    "The business of life is making memories. In the end, it is all we have." Butler Charlie Carson, Downton Abbey, season 4, episode 3, PBS.

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    Feline fanatic, your feathers are beautiful!

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    I learned by taking a class with Irena Bluhm. She has laminated books that you trace over using a dry erase marker. There are arrows showing how to move your marker. You practice the shapes and then try it on paper before you begin to quilt. You learn to do freeform feathers from the start. See http://www.irenabluhmcreations.com. I'm not affiliated with her company.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LynnVT View Post
    I think you are referring to Karen Hansen's video which was a link here a couple of days ago. She is marvelous! She suggests using Glad's Press 'n Seal to create a pattern, which I can't wait to try. Bought a box of it yesterday. Also looking for the book she held up, but have to watch it over to get the title. Anyone remember it?
    Wow! I just looked up using Glad Press & Seal for tracing the pattern. Unbelievable!! The pounce pads are available online at JoAnns.

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    Kamaia, I sent you a PM, you need to get yourself the Quik Trainer from Gloria, you will be amazed by the second or third practise you will be as good as they come. Contact: [email protected] she is just working on a patent
    for this and I promise you will be amazed. She will send you 12 designs to learn. You don't have to use your sewing machine, no quilting gloves, no paper - all you will need is a table and chair.....and start practicing, once you receive
    the practise sheets, package from her. I'm certain you can get other patterns from her as well. Nice lady to deal with.
    Quilting People are the Best, Have a great sewing day!
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    Leah Day does a wonderful job teaching FMQ on Crafty. Wait until they have a bargain and sign up. it is well worth the money. I particularly like her relaxed approach to FMQ. It has really helped me a lot. Betty Boop

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    Quote Originally Posted by redbreast View Post
    Leah Day does a wonderful job teaching FMQ on Crafty. Wait until they have a bargain and sign up. it is well worth the money. I particularly like her relaxed approach to FMQ. It has really helped me a lot. Betty Boop
    You don't have to go to Craftsy! Go to her website and she has tutorials there.

    http://freemotionquilting.blogspot.c...-here.html?m=1

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