Monday, July 22, 2013

Quilting Sketch Book......Feathers

Feathers are always a favorite motif

on my quilts...

Here are 4 different ways to stitch out

a feather:

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Click Image above to see my notes...

Feather 1 is my go to feather!

I learned this style years ago from 

Feather 2 I rarely stitch out...

back tracking over previous stitching

is tedious and boring for me.

Feather 3 is quickly becoming my favorite.

Feather 4 is a great beginners feather.

No back tracking at all.

CLICK HERE for Cat's Claw Tutorial

Feather 1....Stitched out

Very playful and FUN!

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Feather 3.....stitched out

I find myself stitching out this style more and more.

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Feather 3......stitched out again

even if you look closely, you rarely see any thread

build up around the edge of the plumes.

This feather stitches out quickly 

and has a traditional look to it.

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Inspiration from the Flower Beds:

The last of the Calla Lily 

blooming by the Thread Shed

Old Fashioned Holly hocks by the Thread Shed

I love the star shaped centers...

 State Fair Zinnias in the front yard:

Sunset in the front yard...

If you are inspired, you are welcome to use

my photography in your personal art work.

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May Your Bobbin Always Be Full,

LuAnn Kessi


  1. The color of those Hollyhocks is absolutely fantastic! I also am in love with the colors of the sunset!

  2. I like that Cat's Claw feather, #4. I am getting better at the backtracking, but don't really want to do it all the time. Thanks for sharing these.

  3. How do you get the little spirals at the end of your bump back feathers? It looks really nice.

  4. Hi Jenni,

    You stitch a curl into the plume, then backtrack back over that curl, then start the next plum back down to the spine.