MCM #40 – FMQ: Feathers Edition

This weekend was the first time in several weeks that I haven’t had something on my schedule that was a must do. I had two days of nowhere to go, nothing to do, and no one at home. Wow! How did that happen?

So of course, I spent those two days playing, um, working in the sewing room. I’ve been working on a new pattern and have had the flimsy done for some time now. Finding time to quilt it has been challenging, but I finally had this weekend to work on it.

I had already spent a lot of time sketching quilting design ideas and thought I knew what I was going to quilt when I started. While studying the quilt, I knew that feathers would look so good in some of the rows. But me and feathers don’t get along. I used this as an opportunity to practice them, because I’m not going to get better stitching them unless I actually start stitching them, right?

Here was my first block.  Yuck. Just keeping it real for you…

FMQ Feathers Practice

I was all over the place with these. But I kept going.

FMQ Feather Practice BlockEven though there are still issues, after a few blocks they are starting to look more like feathers. And I love the pebbles in the rectangle piece. Originally that piece was left un-quilted, but the pebbles add so much. I’m glad I put them in.

After a couple of rows, I was getting better. These corners look so much better than the first ones did:

FMQ Feathers Corner Practice

This is one of the last feather blocks:

FMQ Feathers Practice

So, my take away from this? PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE!

These are nowhere near perfect, but they are so much better than the first ones I did. I still need to conquer the shape of the feather – I don’t know why it is such an issue for me. I have practice sheets to trace, so I’ll be doing a lot of that and hopefully that will create some muscle memory.

I’m excited to get this one quilted and finished so I can share it with you. Even though I worked for the better part of two days on the quilting, I’m only about half finished with it. Mostly because I gave myself permission to quilt the heck out of the top. 🙂

Is there a quilting design you have difficulty conquering? I would love to hear your thoughts.

Finishing this top is my goal for this week and all this free motion quilting is my crush for Main Crush Monday. I love that I have a project to quilt to death. Ha! So, what is your crush for this week? I would love to see what has you excited to be in your sewing space this week. You can link up any blog post, Instagram or Flickr pic – here’s how:

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About Beth

I'm a wife, mother of two, and lover of all things crafty. I love to cook up new things in the kitchen and in my craft room, and sometimes get "licking the spoon" mixed up with "licking the fabric"!!
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15 Responses to MCM #40 – FMQ: Feathers Edition

  1. Jasmine says:

    Your feathers are so pretty. I love how they fill in around the rectangle.

  2. ak-ut says:

    i just started quilting, such a beautiful linkup and your feathers look great !!!
    greetings from germany 🙂

  3. katiemaequilts says:

    Ugh, feathers are my nemesis. I’ve done classes, watched videos, and drawn them over and over and over…I just don’t get them! So know that yours are far better than mine! 😉

  4. Your quilting looks great. Soon feathers will just become natural to you. Thanks for hosting!

  5. I am happy to hear that you had some play time this weekend. The feathers look great 🙂

    -Soma

  6. Bonnie in Va says:

    I think your feathers look good. I definitely see the improvement of the feathers as you said. But, honestly, even your “crummy” ones look so much better than any I have ever done. There is a definite reason why I added the computerization to my set up! Additionally, I like all the elements to the quilting. One thing I’ve noticed is the more time between the actual quilting and viewing the finished quilt, the better the quilting appears to me. Maybe someday I’ll try feathers again. You are a good inspiration to me!

  7. Julie Stocker says:

    Thank you for keeping it real for us. It certainly helps with our own frustration when we know everyone struggles to perfect technique. And also, isn’t it nice to grant ourselves permission to not be perfect? If we wanted a perfectly stitched quilt, we could buy one at Walmart that was done with automation. It is a skill and an art to FMQ, and I love your dancing feathers here.

  8. The progress after just a few blocks of practice is awesome, Beth. I also have a fear of feathers, and I *know* the solution is to practice. Now I just need to do that!

  9. Colleen says:

    Feathers are not my friend! You are right though, if I don’t ever practice them, I’ll never learn to do them! I think yours are fabulous. Love the pebbles in the middle. They really do finish the design.

  10. Lea Anne says:

    Dong a little happy dance for you! Your feathers look great.

  11. Tish says:

    I am right there with you on feathers. It’s the dragon I say I’m always chasing. I think yours are looking pretty darn good. I tried doing them in a wreath shape a few months ago and had to walk away.

  12. I love a magical unscheduled weekend. I had a relatively free weekend too, with sewing time. I finished up a cape using a pattern and worked on a cute little cat quilt. I think your feathers look great! I’m impatient with practicing, so I end up just jumping in and working on a real quilt after a little practice too.

  13. Kate says:

    Your quilting is looking great, even the early attempts. Hope you find time to finish off the quilting this week.

    It is so nice to have one of those weekends with no where to go. They seem to be such rare things these days.

  14. maartjequilt says:

    Your feathers look great. Lovely fmq!!! I must pracice more again!!

  15. Gina says:

    Great quilting. I’m sure you and feathers will soon be friends

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