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Feather tutorial paper style

its-bigger-than-i-thought-curved-featherThey say a picture is worth 1000 words.

Seeing is believing.
Take a look at the feathers to the left here.  I’m going to tell you a secret. Ready?
Don’t tell anyone but…
these feathers are not perfect.

That’s right. Not. Perfect.

And that’s okay. Taking time to learn well is an important component of mastering quilting. So I’m posting a quickie paper-practicing tutorial for the feathers I showed yesterday and I’m

issuing a challenge.
Challenge Step 1: Practice on paper
Challenge Step 2: Practice on a fat quarter or two
Challenge Step 3: Send me photos of your practice sessions and give me permission to post on my blog

I’ll get a couple of quilterly friends to choose a couple of “winners” and I’ll send you either fabric or a copy of Generation Q Magazine.

Happy Quilting!


feather tutorial paper 1
Step 1


feather tutorial paper 2
Step 2


feather tutorial paper 3
Step 3




feather tutorial paper 4
Step 4


feather tutorial paper 5
Step 5


feather tutorial paper 6
Step 6
feather tutorial paper 7a
Step 7
feather tutorial paper 7
Step 8

11 thoughts on “Feather tutorial paper style”

  1. My feelings/view is that “perfection and feathers” should not be what is sought after. Computer programs will produce that end result but we are “human” and I want that ‘human factor’ evident when I see a quilt. That is why quilting totally ‘hand guided, free motion’ is what I encourage and , hopefully, inspire. And FMQ feathers are so free-ing to do on a quilt…….no marking, graceful, flowing, etc. Great series of posts….for sure!!!! Hugs……………….

  2. What is your stutch direction on the petals? Where do you backtrack to get back to the stem? Thanks for posting, I have been trying to get this right, but I am also trying to get it perfect. Maybe I need to let go a little.

    1. On this particular feather there is no backtracking on the stem. The first petal I stitch out from the bottom, curve around and back to just touch the stem. Once I touch I creep up over the first petal – when I get close to the top I curve back to touch the first petal (that’s the bump) I retrace the bump over the curve, when I get part way back then curve up over that petal I just stitched. There is very little back tracking on the feathers with this style.
      Check out Karen McTavish’s Video:

  3. I have gotten the drawing step down…..later this morning I will attempt to quilt them……but I don’t know how to get you the photo…..

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