Please join me in February for my tuturial for the Free Motion Quilting Challenge that SewCalGal is presenting on her blog. Our hope is to get everyone quilting, not just "topping"!
My tutorial will be the feathered plume, above. Later in the year you will learn backgrounds and fills, or you may already know some that can be used to fill in around the plume. I explain how to quilt one plume, give you options on branching it or adding smaller plumes around it to fill your space, an 8" square.
Once you get the hang of this very forgiving design, you can do all sorts of original feather designs, or use stencil designs with this "echo" technique if you do not enjoy freehand work.
Anita Shackleford's "Infinite Feathers" Template of various sizes of the feather shape is available at www.thimbleworks.com and works very well. It also gives you curved lines to trace for the center of the plume if you need that as well or want them all to be the same.
A set of various sized feather shapes to trace by June Tailor is also available at fabric, quilt, and craft stores. They come on a key ring.
My tutorial will be available online for one month, so please print it if you need it for future reference.
Don't put it off. Start quilting now and by the end of the year your expertise will have increased and you will be able to finish those beautiful tops with quilting that measures up.
My thanks and kudos to SewCalGal for this project. I hope all of you enjoy it and get beautiful plumes by the end of the month, and better quilting by the end of the year! Each one of us who is giving you a tutorial will provide you with different information, insights, point of view, and all of that variety and richness will give you great input for your own work.
Click on the link below for all the information, and keep quilting, your work gets better every day.