Thursday, February 8, 2018

Visual Guide to Free Motion Quilting Feathers

So if you have been following along with my blog for a time, you know that I love to Free Motion quilt!!!   But you also know that quilting Feathers still kind of scare me.  I have tried to add them into quilts, mostly in borders, to get more practice on them as I know that is how to gain confidence.   I am feeling better about a basic feather, although it still needs practice :)  But honestly,  I know that I have just scratched the surface of this beautiful design and I have really wanted to "up my feather game" .   I want more confidence in quilting the basic feather designs and then learn how to take the design to the next level.   So when my very good friend Natalia Bonner announced her newest book, Visual Guide to Free-Motion Quilting Feathers I was thrilled!!! 

Natalia is an amazing Long Arm Quilter!!  She actually quilted my very first published quilts back here ;)   I absolutely love her work, and a quick stroll their Natalia's Instagram feed will show you her mad skills.  And Natalia happens to live 40 minutes away from me, so it is super exciting for me to see when she quilts some of my quilt designs from folks in the area that have taken my classes.  So fun!!! 

The thing that I liked right off the bat about Natalia's  Visual Guide to Free-Motion Quilting Feathers is how neat and organized it is and how easy it is to use!!!  Natalia walks you through the basics, including lots and lots of tidbits on how to make your basic feathers great!!  (So need that!!)  And then, when you have that down, she has included 68 amazing feather designs to really add that wow factor to your quilts!!!  And I love that every design has a visual thumbnail in the Contents so you can find the exact design you want to try without having to flip through the entire book.     

Once you pick the design you want to try, you can flip to that page and find amazing step by step directions on how to quilt that particular variation of the feather.    The step outs are in great detail with lots of helpful tidbits.   They really are an easy to used guide that works for both Long Arm and domestic machines!!!

But I have to say, I am just blown away by how many variations Natalia comes up with!!!    And each one is just as pretty as the next.  And she also includes ideas for different parts of your quilts including block centers with beautiful spiral medallions, what to do in those flying geese triangles, and ideas for borders, both large and small.

So ya, I am just thrilled with Natalia's awesome Visual Guide to Free-Motion Quilting Feathers and am excited to use this wonderful guide to increase my free motion quilting feather confidence and hopefully take it to the next level ;)  Time to get quilting some feathers!!!

And if you are like me, and really want to get quilting some Feathers, whether you use a Long Arm or a Domestic Machine, I would highly recommend Natalia's Visual Guide to Free-Motion Quilting Feathers.  It is an awesome guide and we can all practice and gain that Fee Motion Feather goodness together!!!   

Happy Quilting!!!!

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  1. Natalia is such an amazing quilter, teacher and author. I'm excited about this new book and looking forward to checking it out. I'm sure it will become a best seller.

  2. I've been watching Natalia on Youtube - she's quite mesmerising and they are nice videos to wind down with in the evening - the purr of her machine is quite relaxing! I also enrolled in her Craftsy class because, although I don't have a longarm (yet!), some things are adaptable to domestic machines . . . although they take longer with all the pushing and pulling! I just love feathers! What a great friend to have nearby. :D


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