Freehand Allover Feathers

I’ve been wanting to try freehand allover feathers for a while. I decided this envelope top would be a good place to try it out.

I started by drawing a widely spaced meander and then stitching it for the spine.

Then I went back to the beginning and began filling in feathers along one side.

I went back to the beginning again and stitched the feathers along the other side of the stem.

Then I advanced the quilt and stitched the stem again.

The quilting went very fast!

Here is a peak at the back.

This backing fabric has been in my stash for yeas. It was given to me so I really have no idea how old it is. I am going to use this Amy Butler print for the binding. It is also from my stash.

It has been attached by machine and I will do the hand sewing in the car today.

Linking up with My Quilt Infatuation for Needle and Thread Thursday.

About katyquilts

I am a wife, mom of four amazing kids, and a librarian. I have been making traditional quilts for ages but have ventured into art qulting in the last several years. I also love to knit socks and mittens and dye my own fabric. I am thankful to God my Father and Creator for the gift of creativity!
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9 Responses to Freehand Allover Feathers

  1. Marly says:

    What a surprising HST layout! I thought I’d seen them all, but i was wrong. This is such fun; placed like this the blocks look like open envelopes. Beautiful feathers too; you’re lucky to have enough space for a frame.

  2. Kathy h says:

    That turned out so pretty. I think that would be a great way to try and improve my feather skills.

  3. knitnkwilt says:

    I think you have mastered the free hand feather!

  4. Kay in MA says:

    Wow! It looks fantastic! Do you think I could do that with my domestic?

  5. Heather says:

    I wouldn’t have thought of that. It seems simple with drawing the stem first.

  6. Jasmine says:

    Beautiful! I will be trying this soon. I like how you described the stem as an extra large meander. What a great visual/mental cue.

  7. Another great quilt Katy. Nice to find the backing and binding in your stash. Looking forward to seeing it off the frame and with binding attached – no pressure!
    Happy stitching,

  8. Lois says:

    I couldn’t access your blog page for some reason last night but I see it fine now. I especially LOVED the close-up (pic #6). You’re doing an amazing job, Katy!

  9. What a great job for your first time feathers! Love it!

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