Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Quilting Sketch Book....Cat's Claw Feather Tutorial

This is what I consider to be a

Beginner Level Feather

Cat's Claw Feather

There is no back tracking when stitching.

I photographed the feather 

as I drew it out...

You may use this as a tutorial if you like:

1.....Chalk out the Stem Line on Fabric

2....Stitch out a curl on the bottom right

DO NOT lift your pen off the paper,

keep the pen in the center of the curl.

3....Trace back over the center of the curl,

and add an echo around the curl to reach

the spine line.

This is the Cat's Claw shape

4....begin your first plume

5.....finish your first plume

DO NOT take your pen off the paper

6.....echo back around the plume

to create the cat's claw shape

7.....You have completed your first

plume with a cat's claw

8.....Stitch out your next plume

9....Add the Cat's Claw

I think you are getting into the routine...

10...continue adding plumes and cat's claw

11.....the right side of the feather is done

DO NOT take your pen off the paper!

12...Travel stitch back down the spine line

13...Start another curl on the left side

14...continue to add plumes 

and cat's claws up the left side

Cat's Claw Feather:

Give  it a Try!

Inspiration from the Flower Beds:

Orange Gerber Daisy....after morning watering

Pink Star Lily

Yellow Star Lily

A post would not be complete without this guy:

Gunnr.....resting in the pick up seat

Yes, he has his own personal pillow in all 

of our vehicles.

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May Your Bobbin Always Be Full,

LuAnn Kessi


  1. Thank you so much for all these sketches and tutorials. I enjoy your photos, too. You have a lovely life.

  2. Establishing "the rhythm" is everything and comes with lots of practice (on paper and fabric!)! Great post!!!!

  3. I just discovered your blog and Pinterest albums...love your work! The quilting sketches, broken down into steps, are so helpful -- Thank you! Love the pics of your yard, flowers, and dog too...beautiful!