Feathery Goodness

Oh, how I wish these pictures were better, but the lighting was bad, and I didn’t realize HOW bad the pictures were until after the quilt was gone, and no more pictures were possible.

Normally, I use a circle template to create the basis of my spines, but this time I used an oval.  I was sort of playing off the elongated shape of the blocks themselves.

I kept the red sashing and the yellow border unquilted for contrast.

The blocks themselves were pretty simply quilted — a little bit of continuous curve, with those ribbon loops into the white part.

I was able to do a row of blocks in a single pass, combining the stitch in the ditch and the block design, and using the sashing cornerstones to travel from block to block.

I love quilting feathers.  They aren’t perfect, but they are mine, and I like them a lot.

If you would like to learn more about quilting your own freehand feathers, you are invited to join me for my third session of Feather Boot Camp at MQResource.  It starts August 23rd, and it’s a completely online class.  I do quilt on a longarm, but DSM quilters are welcome to join us — the general principles apply.  For more information:  Feather Boot Camp.


  1. Tammie says:

    I’ve always liked your feathers! This one looks like a lot of fun. I’ll have to try the oval next time I have a big ‘ole border. Nicely done!

  2. Cynthia says:

    I loved Boot Camp last year. I now love doing feathers, thanks to you. They are so versitile. I’m doing a wide border now with fun feathers with curlicues. They look great. Without your class, I would never have attempted these. I’ll share with MQResource when I’m done. I have always been too embarassed to post there because the members are so excellent. But, I am getting better. Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge. And I love your feathers on this one.


  3. Cynthia says:

    Suzanne, I posted the quilt on the final forum at mqresource today. I hope you have a chance to peek.

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