There’s definitely enough interest to our little group lessons on feathers. All posts dealing with this will be tagged “Feathers” so any time you need to search for info, “Feathers” should get you what you need.
These lessons will include my thoughts on choosing feather designs to fit the spaces, drafting the spine, creating the shape of the feather and whatever else comes up regarding feathers. I will not be teaching basic machine quilting. You need to know ahead of time how to manipulate the quilt sandwich under your machine if using a DSM, as well as how to adjust your tension, which feet to use, and things along those lines.
The lessons will be based on my version of the Carpenter’s Star quilt. Mary has detailed instructions here. My version is here, which is not a detailed version, but my borders are just a bit different from Mary’s and if you want to be working on the exact same size top that I’m working on for the lessons, make your borders the way mine are made. Doesn’t matter to me which version you make and it will not be difficult to adapt the lessons to Mary’s version.
I cannot stress enough that if you’re new to making feathers, your feathers may not be award winning feathers on this first try but my promise to you is if you continue practicing and trying, you can make award winning feathers. They’re really quite easy once you get over your fear of feathers.
There’s also no set time frame. My longarm may go into storage and until we are reunited, I will not be making feathers. They can be made on the sewing machine but it’s been so long since I quilted on the sewing machine, I’m not willing to practice and master the technique since I do have a longarm. October or November might be the very earliest I’ll be able to start the lessons so get your tops made and stick them where you can find them.
You’re going to be surprised how easy feathers are to make .. with just a little practice yours will be perfect!