Okay, so if you have been hanging out here for any number of time, you now that I love feathers but have been super afraid to quilt them. Every time I tried to draw them they came out crazy weird and just not so pretty. But I have been determined to conquer my fear and have tried them a few times with results that were okay but not that I was particularly pleased with. Like this border on my Stars quilt. You can't see it to well, but what you can see doesn't particularly have much of a feather shape and the overlap, well I won't even go there :)
So, when Angela Walters put out her Craftsy Free Motion Quilting with Feathers class I thought it might be just the thing to get me over my fear. I signed up and have been squeezing in bits and pieces of time to watch all of her Feather lessons. I learned so much!!! Like that the way I was practicing them was way harder than it needed to be :) Mostly, I learned to just relax and have confidence. Angela is a great teacher that way!! I have been practicing on paper for quite a while just waiting for the right quilt to test out all my paper practice on.
And then came Playing the Scales. It was perfect. The up and down motion of the quilt created the perfect rows to make feathers in and the fabrics are so big and bold I knew it would blend like crazy. (In fact, I had a really hard time trying to get pictures that actually showed some of the quilting :)
I quilted feathers going left to right in brown on the high volume keys and feathers going right to left in white on the low volume keys.
And how about some close up's. Sorry, it is still kind of hard to see them. But oh, these were so much fun to quilt going up and down and up and down. It really was nice to have the fabric be my guide of where to fill in. It really was perfect as there was one less thing to try and figure out.
And after a few tries, I even managed to figure out how to quilt the spaces where the feathers curve in on each other. There are a few that look not quite as as good as this and some that look even better, a good average I figure ;)
And by the end of the quilt, my backtracking was hardly noticeable and I was doing a far better job of staying right on the lines. It's amazing what practicing on a whole quilt will do for you ;)
In the end, I am totally ecstatic with the end result. Of course they are not all perfect, and I know they can only get better with more practice. But I can honestly say, I Love Quilting Feathers!!!! I am not afraid anymore. And oh, that feels so good!!! I am just so happy.
Thank you Angela, you are an awesome teacher !!! Now bring on another quilted Feather project :)
linking up to Fabric Tuesday at Quilt Story ;)