Thread Talk from my Sewing Machine #29

Hello Friends!  I had shared with you the importance of mastering feather lobes in feather quilting a couple of Thread Talk posts ago.  You may re-visit the post if you had missed it…

Once you have mastered your feather lobes in your feather plumes, you can aim for a sophisticated more look, like giving your plumes different depth by manipulating the way you draw/or rather quilt your feathers.  You will see what I mean in the following diagrams.

1.  Here you will see all the feather lobes in their entirety.  Nothing wrong with the way they look.  And that’s how I quilted my unmarked feathers for a long time.

2.  But after I got a hang of the orientations of the lobe curvature, I started experimenting with quilting some of my feather lobes “behind” certain ones to create a feeling of depth.  The black and brown feather lobes in diagram you see in the following is the same as in #1, except now I quilted the feathers (in blue) on the other side of the spine a little differently.

And here, you see an additional plume with a bit of depth drawn in some of the lobes.

3.  Here you see the feathers with depth in real-life action – marked with the red squares.  These feathers were quilted totally unmarked.  In order to do the ones showing depth, I had to “innately” know how the curvature of the lobes would go in order to achieve the effect without them looking wonky.  That innate feeling comes from having quilted (and drawn) many many feathers unmarked.

Friends, it IS possible to do this!  Just keep at it, and you will get better!!  Thanks for stopping by.  I will chat with you again tomorrow.

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

  1. I am still working on feathers…. questions. What size paper have you drawn on? I think that would help me figure out the size, length and width, of each feather. I think I am trying to make them too large, and so I have less control.
    Maybe a ruler in the photo would help. Thanks.

  2. Ok, here you are Wendy, i wasn’t scrolling down like you said. I’m glad it was my mistake and you & family are fine. Your feathers are beautiful and so are your quilts.. Your quilting is breath taking. ;-) bee-hugs, Debby

  3. Some more very good tips. I have a lot more practice to be able to do this….maybe one day.

    Thank you for sharing your insights with us.

    Merry Christmas,

  4. Beautiful work Wendy… I’ve got to try this. When you are done with your daughters smocked dress, I’d love to see it OK??

    Have a very blessed and beautiful Holiday season….. BJ

  5. Hi Wendy,

    Your feathers make me swoon. Wow! I’m getting better at my feathers but need more practice on inside curves and how to gauge what size to make them. Your pictures are so inspiring. Have a blessed Christmas.

  6. Lovely Wendy! I love doing feathers ~ although mine still have a ways to go before they are quite that sophisticated. I am amazed that feathers have proven to be one of the most forgiving designs. I’m glad to say I’ve gone from terrified to actually enjoying quilting. :-)

  7. Thanks for taking the time to share your beautiful feathers! I took your drawing feathers class a while ago, but I am still baffled in my attempts. You make this look easy so I will try again. You are the BEST! and a Merry Christmas! Debbie

  8. Ii always look forward to your Thread Talks. You are so inspiring. The biggest thing I need to do, though, is get rid of my fear. I do better when I practice on an old piece of muslin. Put a new quilt in front of me and I go to pieces. Hope you have a Merry Christmas!

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