The Easy Feather-A Machine Quilting Tutorial

easyfeathers-fmq-lorikennedy001Good Morning, (Focused and Organized) Quilters!

There are more than 100 tutorials in our FREE Library.  Everything from beginner motifs to advanced patterns and from modern to traditional.  There are whimsical motifs and classic borders…but up until now, there has not been The Most Popular Motif Ever–The Feather.

Why no feathers you ask???

Because I have really concentrated on original motifs and tutorials you can’t find else where. There are books and videos galore on fabulous feathers…

However, because so many of you have asked for a step-by-step photo tutorial… today I offer a very basic feather…

THE EASY FEATHER TUTORIAL

There are many, many ways to stitch a feather.  Often one side of the feather is stitched, then a center design is created and finally the opposite side is stitched.  (Three pass motif.)  The Easy Feather is stitched in one pass–stitching  a right petal then a left petal and back and forth up the center line.   Each petal nestles into the petal below it-by echo stitching.

MARKING AND STITCHING

Begin by drawing three vertical parallel lines to serve as guidelines.

Begin stitching on the center line.  Stitch up several stitches, then sweep to the right line.  The sweep from right to left is fairly shallow.

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Sweep the right guideline and immediately curve around.
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Stitch down to the center line.

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Taper up along the center line and then sweep to left guideline.  Sweep the side one and curve around toward the center.easyfeathers-fmq-lorikennedy006

Continue to the center line just above the previous petal.
easyfeathers-fmq-lorikennedy007To form the next feather, echo stitch the right feather below it and curve around.

Echo stitching the previous “petal” gives the motif a very compact and neat look.
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After stitching three or four petals that reach to the side lines, stitch a few smaller petals, then begin again with larger petals.

End the row of Easy Feathers with a vertical “petal”.
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EASY? BEGINNER?

The Easy Feather is easier than other feathers, but it can be challenging to get the curve of the petal.  While this is not exactly a beginner motif, I think every quilter should learn Feathers as soon as possible in their machine quilting career.  Add them to your “doodle” list…be patient and doodle Feathers every day!!!

The GOOD NEWS–even imperfect feathers look nice!  Don’t wait to add this motif to your quilts...Add a feather to every quilt–you can never go wrong with feathers!!

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More quilting all week!

Doodles,

Lori

PS…All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to re-blog, pin or share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!

Overwhelmed? Try the Quilter’s Notebook Cure!

Quilter's Notebook, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

After a very busy September, my sewing room is a mess, my quilts and fabric are everywhere and I feel totally overwhelmed!

Ever feel that way?

I have just the cure—

THE QUILT NOTEBOOK!!!

We haven’t talked about The Quilt Notebook lately, but with just 90 days left in 2016–I’m turning to my Quilt Notebook to get me on track again.

First thing–Do an Inventory of all of your quilts including kits and projects with patterns and fabric.

Quilter's Notebook, Lori Kennedy

Next, choose The Big Three–your priority quilts for this year--(I chose four quilts)

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Then make a list of the next few steps to jump-start the project again.  Keep the steps simple and easy–so you will be able to accomplish them in less than one hour.

Avoid writing steps like “piece the top”–It’s too daunting.  Instead, break it down–like “piece the orange blocks”…

One of my quilts is such a mess, I listed “organize” as one of my next steps.

Quilter's Notebook, Lori Kennedy

I have 30 quilts-in-progress…and I’m not even sure where they will go…

MEASUREMENTS PAGE

I added a “Measurements Page” to my Quilter’s Notebook.

You can find quilt sizes in any reference book–but that doesn’t mean the quilt will fit YOUR BED…(Don’t ask me how I know!)

Mattress depth, personal preferences, quilt design–all affect the size of the quilt.

One of my tasks this week is to measure all the beds in my house to determine the perfect quilt size for MY beds.  I will also add the measurements I like for MY table and the size of the quilt rod that hangs in my bathroom.

Add pillow sizes if you plan to make any pillows.

Quilter's Notebook, Lori Kennedy

TIPS FOR STAYING FOCUS

In addition, I added a few tips from one of my favorite books…Manage Your Day to Day 

  • Creative work first (Actually, exercise first…)
  • Reactive work second
  • Best energy for creative work
  • Establish creative routines
  • To Do List:  3 things
  • Hard edges:  Deadlines improve work time

We’ll talk more about these tips in coming weeks….

Quilter's Notebook, Lori Kennedy
Manage Your Day-to-Day

DO YOU NEED A LITTLE MORE FOCUS?

After my “Quilt Notebook” exercise, I feel better about my quilting life and all the projects!

If you are feeling overwhelmed—here’s a short task list for this week:

  • Update or make a new “Projects List” in your Quilter’s Notebook.  (Be sure to date it!)
  • Pick The Big Three quilts–your priority quilts
  • List 3-4 small tasks for each of The Big Three quilts
  • Add a “Measurements Page” to your notebook–list all the beds you’re likely to make quilt for and start taking measurements

“If you chase two rabbits, both will escape.”

What about YOU?  Do you ever feel overwhelmed by your Unfinished Projects?

How many UFOs do YOU have?

What are YOU going to do to jumpstart your creativity today?

We’d LOVE to hear!

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Finally-Focused, Lori

at least until next week….

L

PS…All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to re-blog, pin or share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!