I am moving up…

… in thread diameter.  For a long while now, I have been working at being able to quilt fine feathers with Aurifil Mako 50 threads.   In the past, when I had to quilt fine feathers, I would always quilt with YLI Silk 100.  The result is shown in the picture below.


After experimenting with a different stitching sequence than the one I usually use for feathers, I was able to achieve very satisfactory results with using Aurifil Mako 50 for my fine feather quilting.  I am moving on up!!!  Click here to view my article on threads.  The feathers you see in the following picture were quilted with Aurifil Mako 50 cotton thread.   They were totally unmarked and free-handed, using my “quilting off the seat of my pants” method! To give you an idea of the size of the feathers — the block is a 7.5″ block.


Speaking of feathers,  have you tried out my free bird feather quilting motifMandy did, and here is the wallhanging she made.  I can’t believe she is a beginner.  I think she is just a natural!!!  Don’t you?  Please head on over to her blog and tell her she did a superb job, would you?


What do you think of feather quilting motifs?  Would you like to see more in the future?


As always, thanks for stopping by!

27 thoughts on “I am moving up…

  1. WOW just doesn’t seem like enough of a comment. My jaw dropped when I saw the first picture.
    It looks like a museum piece.
    I followed your link back to your post on threads and found it extremely informative. Will give all your suggestions a try. Maybe there is hope.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Best regards.

  2. I still want to be like you when I grow up LOL I will download that pattern and try it LOL I know it might not even look like a bird when I am done LOL.
    Hugs

  3. I’m not sure I could ever tire of feathers. Try me. Would love to see more feather motifs, and learn more about this “quilting by the seat of your pants” method. Sounds liberating!

  4. This is just beautiful-gorgeous– and I love the fine feathers. Wish I knew how to do this. I need to get back to quilting. We have got a new puppy so I have been puppy sitting, training, and I just can’t settle down to sew. The weather in Southern Az is also so hot and I just haven’t been motivated to get into this again–BUT I will . I have so much to complete. Have a great weekend.

  5. I love it when you do posts about quilting, thread, designs, etc. Your quilting is fabulous and always inspiring. Please continue to do so!

  6. I suppose there are some people who don’t like feathers but I haven’t come across any.They are so versatile, formal and can be informal too,or funky,childish…….yup I’m a fan!

  7. Hi Wendy. Your feather quilting is stunning as usual. I for one would love to see more feathers and in particular, how to fit them into awkward spaces.
    I’ve just finished a lap quilt which has lots of feathers (free handed) on it.
    I’m thrilled with the results. Ii’m going to try your bird feather motif for sure.

  8. Love feathers, they look so elegant on a quilt and McTavishing around them is an added bonus. I would love to see more.

  9. I love feathers and would use them on almost everything somewhere. My goal this year is to begin quilting on my Bernina so I can be like you when I grow up!

  10. Love, love, love your feathers. I keep trying and although I am slowly improving I’ve still got a long way to go.

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