Thread Talk from my Sewing Machine #29

Hello Friends!  A sick Miss Baby and a tight quilt deadline got in the  way of blogging! :(  Thanks so much for your kind words on my Candied Pomegranate quilt.  Many of you mentioned you liked the feathers… thanks!  Feathers are one of those elements that just add a special touch to a quilt.  Some of you also wrote and asked about the sizes of my feathers.  I thought it would be easier to show you in pictures:

As you can see, my feathers aren’t terribly big.  It’s harder for me to quilt big feathers on my domestic machine.  So, I generally keep mine on the small side.  I tend to have a better control on the flow of the individual feather lobes.  If you have trouble quilting your feathers to your satisfaction even after applying this principle, you might try tweaking with the size you are quilting your feathers.  Let me hear from you if that helps!  Till next time.

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23 thoughts on “Thread Talk from my Sewing Machine #29

  1. What a timely post Wendy. I’m trying to perfect the ‘bump bump’ method of feathering. Tension troubles have left me frustrated today.
    Your feathers are just wonderful !

    Sorry to hear Miss Baby has been not well. Hope she is all better now.xx

  2. I looked at your feathers and think they are lovely and all seem and appear beautiful for the quilt you are doing, my one thing that I have with (me) I would like to use some of this variated colored thread I have and see how it looks with the feather. I plan on playing with it to see (gee have to start somewhere) I just hope my bobbin is right. That is where I mess up and end up getting frustrated, I have done the feather many times before but not with the variated thread. Yes I will try and let you know how it goes,,BUT yours looks so pretty,,

  3. I just can’t get my right brain to move the hands and the sewing machine together. I break more needles. I can move in the right direction but I can’t move in the left direction. I’m serious! I feel like a klutz~ I’ll just admire yours and keep working at it. I’d like to have someone and have them move my hands to see and feel the touch that I should have. I’ll just admire yours!!!

    Give Miss Baby a hug. Hope she is better!

  4. HOPE MISS BABY IS WELL NOW!
    LOVE YOUR BLOG!
    I LOVE YOUR FEATHERS+WANT TO DO THEM TOO!
    I’M PRACTICING A LOT, BUT STILL HAVE UNEVEN STITCHES. MY DESIGN IS GOOD,BUT THE STITCHES ARE SO IRREGULAR. DO I HAVE TO GET A MACHINE WITH A STITCH REGULATOR? ( I’M USING A BERNINA 210, A SUPREME SLIDER .GLOVES, CORRECT MACHINE SETTINGS.) IF SO, WHAT WOULD YOU RECOMMEND?

  5. Hi Wendy,

    Sorry to hear your little one has been ill. I hope she makes a quick recovery!

    I find smaller quilting motifs easier to manage than larger ones, and with the table toppers I’ve been making lately, the machine size is not an issue. Not certain why, but that’s okay, because I prefer the look as well.

  6. Thank you for these pictures. It definitely helps to get a sense of the scale of your feathers. I’m working on a quilt that I’m going to try feathers on but it’s only half done so it’ll be a while. I love seeing your pictures, they’re so inspiring. Thanks.

  7. I hope your little one is feeling better! Thank you for the ruler next to your feathers, that makes it so nice to see the size. They are beautiful and I hope to get better at them!

  8. Looking at the picture of the feathers with the appliqué can you tell me if you added the appliqué after you quilted the top? That’s how it appears to me.

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