Of course, for many of you, producing beautiful free motion feathers is probably no problem at all, but for me, this is actually quite a challenge. So I've decided to improve my skills at producing beautiful freeform feathers by creating a fill pattern with them:
|New version of Feather Filler added in 2012|
A lot of this has to do with muscle memory, and my muscles seem to HATE feathers!
But when you repeat the same shape over and over, those movements magically start connecting with your brain and it becomes easier to stitch. I imagine if I sat down and stitched this 4" square again it would come out 100 times better.
But I decided to show you the not-so-perfect example just so you know that I'm not the best at everything free motion ;-)
Inspiration: Feathers look terrific as the focal motifs of a quilt, but what if instead we used them as fillers, to simply take up space in the background of a quilt.
Difficulty Level: Easy for Some, Hard for Others, so I guess that means Intermediate! If feathers are something you have ingrained into your body and you can quilt beautifully with your eyes closed, then this fill will be no trouble at all.
But if you're like me and hate this shape and wish it was never invented, you may need some practice (and anger management classes) in order to master it!
Directional Texture: All directions. These feathers really are limitless with what you can do with them. Placed on a smaller scale, this fill may be as useful as Stippling, especially around tight areas that can be tricky to fill with 2 direction designs.
Suggestions for Use: Hmmm...the feather filler would look great placed around both geometric boxy shapes and the smoother, curvy lines of applique. Try using this in tight areas and see what kind of effect you get!
Back of Feather Filler
Feel free to use this free motion filler designs in your quilts,
and send in a picture to show it off.