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.