I have been having fun practicing some feather stitching on my 15-91 Singer sewing machine. The feathers look pretty good from a distance……but up close……I need a lot more practice. I’ve been carrying notebooks around with me and sketching, sketching and sketching. Since I am doing lots of practice pieces I decided to use up some old 6 inch squares of solids and prints, piecing them to about the size of a placemat……so far I have about 6 of them done…..can you imagine how many placemats I am going to end up with????
In case you were wondering….I have my Nyan Cat quilt top all pieced and the backing fabric is ordered and should be here in a couple days so I am enjoying a little break practicing feathers.
Dora from Dora Quilts has an excellent tutorial on freemotion quilting feathers in a snowball square, Feathered Plumed Tutorial that I have been practicing on paper and then on my sample blocks…..I thought I had it figured out pretty good but it is easier on paper……….when I started stitching I realized how hard it can be to stitch exactly over stitching I have already done. I keep telling myself……slow down…….
Dora also has another tutorial How to quilt on a treadle sewing machine with more information on sewing feathers. She always amazes me that is she actually quilting on a treadle sewing machine.
I have also been taking part in SewCalGal’s Free-motion Quilt Challenge where every month you learn new techniques and styles of FMQ. Leah Day from The Free Motion Quilting Project also shares many fantastic tutorials on FMQ and videos. You should definitely check out these links.
The quilting in the pink block above was a quicky practice of Leah’s Pivoting Paisley design that she is showing this week. Mine doesn’t look anything like hers but I’ll keep practicing.
I had to include a close-up to show how I didn’t do my back stitching very well and you can see I don’t have a stitch regulator. I think I need to put my clear foot on my sewing machine and of course just keep practicing.
I also did a few using a variegated thread and I really don’t care for the way it looks. Maybe it is the thread I’m using….because I see other work with variegated thread and it is beautiful. I just ordered some more Superior Bottom Line thread and darn, I forgot to order one spool of Superior King Tut variegated thread to try. Dora also uses a different brand I want to try.
I want to thank everyone for the positive response on the last couple of blogging tutorials I have done. They are listed on my Blog Tips page so you can find them easily. I will also be doing more of them.