Fear of Feathers

Here’s my strategy for overcoming fear of feathers. For non-quilters, I better explain that statement. Feathers are a traditional quilting motif consisting of
teardrop shapes aligned on both sides of a central spine. It is a graceful design, but not easy to do well. It is the last challenge on my self-directed journey to learn to free motion quilt. I was a bit intimidated.

My solution was to draw templates, trace them on the fabric, and use the chalk outlines to guide my free motion stitching. I spent an entire afternoon making my designs and marking, then the next day quilting. Fear was abated; quilting accomplished.

feather templates

feather templates

 

drying blocks after washing out markings

drying blocks after washing out markings

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