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Thread: Conquering the fear of feathers!

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    Conquering the fear of feathers!

    A while back (year or two?) I bought this book. http://www.amazon.com/Hooked-Feather.../dp/1574329731

    I had every intention of teaching myself how to do feathers. I practiced on my little sandwiches occasionally, but never had the courage to do them on a "real" quilt until now. I must say, it was so much easier than I anticipated and I am thrilled with my results! No where near perfect, but that's ok. I have learned that one of the keys to success is not to try to have things perfectly symmetrical. If you try to get a mirror image from side to side, it probably won't happen, especially if you are a newbie at it. If you intentionally make variances, you will be happier with your outcome.

    I drew a wavy line all around the border and feathers on the corners only on Sulky Solvy to give myself a guide, pinned to the quilt and quilted all around the border. I got into a rhythm very quickly. Good thing...two of my corner sketches were facing the wrong way and I had to wing it. oops! But I was able to ignore the lines I had drawn and just stick to the wavy line as my guide. I couldn't get it bound and washed quick enough! It was worth staying up for.

    The pics aren't great - it's 5am and I can't get daylight pics till the weekend.

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    You did a beautiful job of the feathers and the quilt is beautiful.
    God Bless you all.
    Heather.

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    I love Sally Terry's books. You did a great job!

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    So pretty and the quilting is awesome. Good for you!!

    What quilt pattern is this? I have some Mod brights I'd love to get rid of and this quilt looks like the perfect way to do it.

    Thanks!

    Suzanne

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    I have played with feathers off and on for quite a while, but still don't feel confident to put them into a "real" quilt. I think because piecing the top itself is so much work, I hate the idea of screwing it up with my own learning curve for fmq. Looking at yours makes me think I need to pull mine out again, and give it another try...I need to get practicing--Thanks for the inspiration.

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    nicely done
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    Just beautiful, great job and thank you for sharing
    Have a Blessed day
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    Wonderful. I am so thrilled for you. I love feathers. And you are right, be consistantly inconsistant and your feathers will be beautiful and so much more interesting. You have beautiful curvatious feathers. My first feathers on a quilt were where I knew they would not show and then of course they turned out well. I practice any new design where it won't show. Then when I finally do it where it shows, I have had a lot of experience and am no longer afraid to let it show.
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    I wish I was brave enough to try that.

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    l like your quilt... nice

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    i guess im like you. the only way to learn is to take the plunge. Beautiful job.

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    Way to go!!! I've got the same book....you have motivated me to break that puppy back out and give it a go. GORGEOUS quilt and quilting
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    A very nice job!

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    Fabulous, love the quilt and the "feathers"!
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    Lovely quilt and quilting!!!!!

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    Very nicely done. I love your feathers, beautiful quilt.

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    Wow this gives me the inspiration to try feathers, thanks for sharing.

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    You did a wonderfully on the feathers.. and the rest of the quilt. I have yet to master a feather . I can't wait to see what you do next with your new found confidence.

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    Your quilting is beautiful! I may eventually become brave and try them!
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    Beautiful quilt, the colors are delicate and the quilting really sets it off.

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    I think the fear must be gone by the looks of your quilt. You must be proud of it - lovely quilt and quilting. Oh, if only I could do the same....

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    I have that book and love it. It's a fabulous beginner book and anyone who isn't a beginner will appreciate it as well. You did a great job with the feathers on your quilt!

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    I bought that book to conquer my fear of feathers too! Yours turned out great! I was real pleased with mine too. I did what you did & drew a wavy line then feathered from that. I found the technique to be very forgiving & adaptable. I'm sure I heard of the book from someone on here & am so glad I did.

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    Beautiful quilt , I love feathers, but don't have the nerve to tackle them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Suzanne in VT View Post
    So pretty and the quilting is awesome. Good for you!!

    What quilt pattern is this? I have some Mod brights I'd love to get rid of and this quilt looks like the perfect way to do it.


    Thanks!

    Suzanne

    It's Summer in the Park. I think it came from Missouri Star Quilts Tutorials.

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