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Thread: FMQ feathers practice - 2 table runners

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    Hi all! There's been discussion lately on the board of the Sally Terry book 'Hooked on Feathers' so I ordered it and I love her technique! Also I am a very lucky girl because I just got a new Janome 6600 and so wanted to practice some FMQ generally. Here's a couple of runners I made for this purpose. I did the red and tan one first so used a toning thread to hide the bloopers! With the 'art nouveau' one I got a bit braver and used a slightly contrasting thread on the outer border. :-D

    The great thing about this feather technique is that there is no back-tracking and I love the 'echo' effect it creates. For future reference, I will do my spines with a more gentle curve - some of those feathers got a bit elongated and strange looking in those tight bends! :lol:

    I did a three branch motif in the setting triangles
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    Wonky fleur de lys! I stippled in the darker patches
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    Here's a pic of the back showing the quilting - I was very restrained and left a few small squares unquilted! :mrgreen:
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    Here's the second one - I loved the stained glass effect fabric and it seemed to lend itself to an 'art nouveau' type design, so I used this emerald green for the border and skinny black sashing. This was designed in EQ6 using a block from the library.

    I did a flower motif in the centre, to echo the flower in the fabric
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    Last ones! Thanks for looking! I highly recommend this lady's book Sally Terry 'Hooked on Feathers' - it's a good name too because now I'm off to look for something else to feather! :lol: BTW I am absolutely thrilled to pieces with my Janome - thank you Katrine for 'making' me buy it! :-D

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    Wow, well done. I hope with a lot of practice I will be able to quilt like that. :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    Thanks woody - I drew and drew on paper first - nearly an entire A4 notebook!!! Then on some practice sandwiches before moving on to these.

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    Beautiful work!

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    Absolutely stunning!!! Your fmq is amazing Kathryn, I KNEW you would do this with the new machine...
    And BTW I love your patterns and fabrics in those runners, particularly the "stained glass" effect one.
    A star is born!

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    Great job K! I will send you some more quilts to do!!!! LOL Or you could come here with your new machjine!

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    wow you are good!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Katrine
    Absolutely stunning!!! Your fmq is amazing Kathryn, I KNEW you would do this with the new machine...
    And BTW I love your patterns and fabrics in those runners, particularly the "stained glass" effect one.
    A star is born!
    :oops: :oops: :oops: Oh my! that's a bit strong! :lol:

    Thanks everyone!

    Beachlady, I'll gladly do some of yours but you have to BRING them in person! :mrgreen:

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    Your quilting is awesome. I think I NEED that book.

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    Great job! I think I need that book too!

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    Wow!! What happy feathers!! I can't believe you got that good by looking at a book!! You're a natural.

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    I can't believe these were 'practice'!!! I agree -you are a natural!!! Very, very nice!!! :) :)

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    WOW Thats great....looks like I need that book for my Janome!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MollieSue
    I can't believe these were 'practice'!!! I agree -you are a natural!!! Very, very nice!!! :) :)
    Well I did have a go on a few sandwiches first - you'll notice I didn't show you those! But it's a very 'forgiving' technique I think - try it! (And no I'm NOT related to Sally Terry in any way!
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    You are doing an awesome job and I am so jealous!!!!! No matter how much I practice my quilting looks horrible---I think I am missing the free motion gene.

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    It's wonderful! That new machine is being good to you isn't it? It scares me to try the feathers, but one of these days....

    Hugs

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    Mimi don't be scared! They're only feathers, worse they'll do is tickle you! LOL Seriously, anyone whose tried feathers the backtracking way and given up (like I did!) try this way - it's much easier. (I SHOULD be on commission, the sales job I'm doing for Sally Terry!) There are lots of ideas for variations in the book too - once I'm happy with the basics, I can't wait to give some of those a try!

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    Very pretty table runners. Thanks for sharing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by k3n
    Mimi don't be scared! They're only feathers, worse they'll do is tickle you! LOL Seriously, anyone whose tried feathers the backtracking way and given up (like I did!) try this way - it's much easier. (I SHOULD be on commission, the sales job I'm doing for Sally Terry!) There are lots of ideas for variations in the book too - once I'm happy with the basics, I can't wait to give some of those a try!
    I agree with your statement and by the way your quilt runners are gorgeous. I couldn't find any wonky ones! I have not tried doing any of the variations yet, but will try soon, I think. I really like how they look so flowy and just hand drawn - not so tight like traditional feathers are.
    You don't need a fancy new machine in order to do this stitching. I have an off brand machine that's 30 yrs. old. Just let yourself try it.

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    Yes FWL - I think it's that flowy thing that makes them so forgiving! And in a sense, they're 'supposed' to be wonky! That's my story anyway, and I'm sticking to it! LOL

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    Those all look great..hope I can do that someday.

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    Beautiful! I just made the top for a table runner, maybe, just maybe I will try to free motion quilt. Tried a few practive ones and have lots to learn.

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