SewCalGal FMQ Challenge


2013 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge #3

Feathers by Joanne of Thread Head

I am participating in a quilting challenge hosted by SewCalGal. It’s called Feathers and it’s taught by Joanne Mitchell of Thread Head.

You can read about it at the first link for SewCalGal. I’m super excited, these women are so talented, you have to check them out!

I want to add feathers to a section of my Express Your Love Quilt to honor Heather. When I went looking for help on learning how to do them I lucked up on this challenge.

I did my first feather last night and I even had some scrap binding (even though it’s yellow) to finish it off  with. Here it is. I had a bit of trouble with my thread jumping out of the little clip right above the needle and every time it did the thread would just shred. I changed to a new needle and watched my speed and it helped, but it made for some buggared spots on this one.

I also used a contrasting thread so I could see better, she suggested using same color thread as the fabric, but my eyes don’t like to focus on that so much and it’s frustrating to me. So my thread is pink.




4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Janet O.
    Jul 15, 2013 @ 15:46:01

    I think you have done a great job on your feathers.
    I like to work with thread just a shade darker than my fabric. (Of course, that doesn’t really work with black fabric.) I can see it okay, but my mistakes don’t stand out as much. Darker, rather than lighter is important, because for some reason the stitching flaws stand out more with the thread being a shade lighter than my fabric.


  2. Marjorie A.Henwood
    May 28, 2013 @ 22:00:12

    Just beautiful!!


  3. Maartje Quilting in Amsterdam
    May 26, 2013 @ 14:10:23



  4. Stella Nemeth
    May 09, 2013 @ 12:07:45

    Your feathers are lovely.

    I made a class project for a Craftsy class, and I made it mostly white on white, and now I wish I’d used contrasting thread for at least some of it. Maybe next time I’ll have the guts to do that.


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