There is a misconception that feathers take a lot of time to quilt. So NOT true!
There have been many a quilt top I wished I could cover in feathers because they are FAST and could be machine quilted efficiently with the time spent. Because they are no-mark with continuous-line stitching you can really make them fly.
So are you ready to add fabulous feathers to your quilts without a lot of drafting, marking and extensive pattern layout?
See Free Motion Feathering techniques and patterns for all areas of the quilt top while right at your machine. Here is what students are saying about just one of the techniques taught in this amazing course:
“Thanks Sally. I am so crazy about Hooked on Feathers. I have only had my machine about 6 months. Lately I have been doing HOF on pre-printed holiday panels to practice and they look wonderful. Our president of the guild just bought a machine and was having some problems so she came over. I set up a sample for her and showed her how to do Hooked on Feathers. She stopped on the way home and bought the book and was very very excited. Her very first feather set looked fabulous!”
“These feathers are so much nicer looking than traditional feathers plus I have freedom to do ANYTHING I want to do with them! When I return from England I have a twin sized quilt that I plan to do since I now have my confidence in my ability to make wonderful Hooked on Feathers. Can’t wait for the compliments.”
Now you will be able to create your own designs and patterns immediately, on-the-go when you need them for fills, blocks, borders and sashing.
Besides the normal desk top computer and laptop, this course is especially formatted to view on mobile devices like your tablet and smartphone...so you can watch and learn and stitch right at your machine. Which is even better than a classroom setting at a show and trying to see the instructors work on a large screen. Here you can pause, rewind, and relax knowing you can hear, see and do, on your schedule.
Through a series of carefully designed hands-on 10 minute step-by-step exercises you will gain a high degree of skill more quickly and more easily than you ever thought possible, whether you are a beginner, competent beginner and want to rekindle your feathering talents or advanced and want some great creative ideas.
" Feathers not only define the quilt, they also define the machine quilter. "
Free Motion FREEDOM Feathering provides you a strong and solid foundation for other machine quilt skills as well.
Content and Overview
(Filmed on a Long Arm-Concepts will apply to Traditional Sit Down Machine)
Carefully created, with over 52 segments and 6 hours of content, in small bite-size chunks. with dozens of fundamentals and "how-to" techniques.
AND, if you are rekindling your ability and hand-eye coordination after taking time off from machine quilting for a while, this hands-on course will get you there quickly and bring you up-to-date with the latest trends.
PLUS, if you are an Intermediate or Advanced Machine Quilter, you will appreciate all the new ideas and techniques to get your creativity going again.
Join us there, increase your skill level and get your spectacular quilts done faster.
Let the feathering begin!
Quilt Happy, Sally Terry
I am so happy you are part of this course, and here is a short personal message to you from me and SibbyNell.
Feathering truly defines the quilt. Imagine a beautiful feather cable running top to bottom on a modern quilt. What would a Baltimore Album be without feathers? Feathers make you linger, they pull you in. To master Feathers is the goal of every quilter and this Free Motion Freedom Machine Quilting Feather Class will get you where you want to go with your skills using techniques that make it easy, with incredible results.
Since 1999 as a Professional Machine Quilter and Instructor teaching hundreds of feather classes and several books later, I am sharing all I know on how to machine quilt feathers so you can feel confident and truly experience a lifetime of feathering joy.
If you are a true beginner the skill will come. If you stand at your machine for 8 hours a day, 5 days in a row you would be ready for customers. This takes about 1 large cone of thread. And if you don't quilt for others, be ready to show off your work proudly to friends and relatives. And think of the quilts you can give to others.
You will develop your own unique style quickly. And get the secret behind why Sally's unique and original system works for thousands of quilters. It will work for you, as you understand that this feather method creates great results quick with simple practicing ways to gain wonderful feathering skills.
It's simple...and basic. Once you master your moves, you will have them forever. If you think that feathers are hard to do, after this section you will know YOU CAN DO IT! Here I will share a little concept that will make the biggest difference in your feathering. In fact, it will make a big difference in all your machine quilting.
Let not your heart be troubled. Beautiful feathers are in your future. You will be able to plan and design and stitch feathers that will truly enhance the quilt top and in less time than you ever thought possible.
Even planning computerized designs you will find this course not only gives you the tools, but gives you layout suggestions for even faster planning.
Use a fancy basket or project box to keep every thing handy when you want to continue the course...notebook, whiteboard, markers etc. That way you can keep track of your progress. To your feathering success!!!!
Here are some wonderful practice ideas...and some great ways to make your creative ideas become fabulous stitches on any quilting project no matter how practiced you are. As you may have figured out, each lectures has some hidden gem in it, that you may not have thought of before that can really help you on your way to FREE MOTION Machine Quilting FEATHERING FREEDOM.
We all wonder about which thread will make feathering easier and feature the feathering. This will help you make better thread choices. Of course you probably have drawers of thread and walls of cones in fabulous colors and if it runs well then use it. If your top thread starts breaking, then use it in the bobbin, grab a larger needle and heavier fresher thread.
Your starts and stops can be very obvious and sometimes are so visible that they can overpower the beauty of your great machine quilting. You will learn to bury your threads, start up again after running out of bobbin and keep the quilt top focused on your fabulous feathers.
It is important to be able to know when you need to use certain thread types.
Traditional Feathers may be the easiest to stitch with basically one stroke and a bit of backtracking. We explain why the angles can get off in the live stitching video. Get ready to pencil quilt and then turn on your machine and start machine quilting your feathers.
You may want to mark a stencil or just go for it....either way you will get great feathers fast.
Heirloom Feathers are like the Cadillac of Feathers because they disappear behind the previous feather. They are stitched a specific way which makes them a little more challenging to keep consistent. It may take you longer to master, but just like riding a bicycle, once you have the thread path and the rhythm it will be one of your favorites. Shall we begin our beautiful Heirloom Feather journey?
This versatile feather technique is a favorite of machine quilters everywhere. It is easy to master once you learn how and when to bounce off the spine. Because is covers large areas effortlessly Hooked On Feathers is fast to stitch with little or NO MARKING.
Layouts are a snap, texture is endless, and turns corners without even trying.You will love the possibilities.
Be sure to check out the Turning Corners Segment for more ways to use Hooked On Feathers in your quilt tops.
This is your fourth feather style. Now you will have 4 beautiful feathering techniques that you will use throughout your quilt tops. I congratulate you for your persistence as you are going through the classes. May every feather be gorgeous for a lifetime of feathering joy.
You may find the Chandelier Feather to be one of your favorites because it is so versatile and not so commonly used by machine quilters. Your work will really stand out!
This is a great feather that can help you stay consistent. Plus it forms it's own spine... Use it when you need large fill areas or lots of textured detail.
Here are some useful hints that should always be in the back of your mind as you master Free Motion Freedom Feathers.
Not every feather is perfect, especially when starting out. If you happen to have a wonky feather this video will help you correct the thread path. It is full of great techniques to perfection while you learn...and some great "wiggle room" ideas for you to use.
Remember to repeat an acceptable feather that does not look like the others two more times and it will look planned.
This is one of the most useful methods of Feathering with Free Motion Freedom. It will add an element of spontaneous design and playful creativity you may have never experienced before. You will find your own favorite fabulous designs and sprinkle them throughout your feather motifs, borders, blocks and more.
Let me know what you think of this by leaving a comment....
Happy Machine Quilting!!!
Feathers make the quilt.
Now you are really feathering with Free Motion Freedom! As you stretch your techniques and develop skills you will find that there may be one thing you are doing that you want to change. Use this section to refine your moves. This may be a section you will want to revisit several times. You can do this!
Being exact with your feathering is not easy, especially if you a perfectionist like so many of us are. And if you are used to following a marked machine quilting design, it can be a scary to make it up as you go and be spontaneous. Yet, it could be some of your best work. So don't worry. You will find what works best for you in certain design situations. Trust your creative inner voice!
Love, love, love a certain feather you stitched, and want to copy it and use it other places on the quilt top? Now you can in a matter of minutes. Learn how to flip it, flop it and multiply it. No longer will your prettiest designs remain on one quilt top. You will now be able to save them and use them again and again.
By now you have some incredible designs of your own creation. Be sure to hang on to them. Create a special place to muse over...and let them inspire you.
Also keep you stretching yourself, and try to mark less which would call on you to be a bit more spontaneous. And "as long as the shapes are pretty, you don't have to rip out".
We are going to determine the outer margins of the area, divide up the space and determine the spine. There several things to consider to make your feathering easier and we will consider them in this segment. Since the spines are the basis of all we do feather-wise, we will make our spines as Free Motion Friendly as possible.
You probably have templates that you have felt have a single purpose...no more! We will take these design tools and quickly adapt them for spines, divisions, and more. Grab your favorites and a few that you have tucked away and maybe have forgotten about. Plus, consider your piecing templates as well. The more the merrier.
Templates keep the designs "regular" across your quilt top. They give us more control of the overall look of the quilt top and make patterns easier to stitch. Plus we look PERFECT without perfection and make Free Motion machine quilting more fun. We will explore many of the ways you can put these handy little tools to work for you.
You will never look at a stencil the same way again. There are many ways to use a simple stencil from turning it into a block, setting triangle, corner turn, plus multiple spine configurations, it is all in the way you see the stencil design and use its thread path. You can even use patterns in the stencil such as flower to fill with feathers....you will love this! Go grab your stencils.
Spines keep getting more and more intricate. Once you master the how and why of spines your feathering will improve beyond measure. Trust your instincts, and enjoy your creative journey.
The Ribbon Meander is perfect for feathering. It is based on the stipple pattern, which by the way is defined as 1/4" less thread path. When we make the stipple pattern larger than 1/4" it becomes a meander. When we double back on the meander, then it becomes a ribbon which we can fill with loops, arcs, even more feathers. It works in blocks, borders and for general fills...so let's start feathering away!
Use the ribbon spine in awkward areas, fill borders and more. Machine quilt a smaller ribbon inside the larger ribbon areas. If you want to fill the inside of your ribbon spine do it before adding feathers. It works with so many styles of quilts from frilly to modern.
This segment might be your quickest "bread & butter" quilting for those last minute projects, baby quilts, and quilts that need to look custom without spending a lot of time marking and stitching. You will get beautiful feathers in a short amount of time with really forgiving ways to complete the quilt top. Even utility quilt will look wonderful.
There is nothing more frustrating than having to stop stitching and knot your thread because you got caught in an area that you cannot travel out of without it being really obvious. Use the Sally's "half way back" and travel your spines so you can complete areas with wonderful feather fill designs quickly and easily.
Here is Part 2 of Feather Fills that will travel well for you. Don't forget to try Feather Brook as an edge-to-edge meander. This works great as a small, medium and large machine quilting pattern.
NEW NEW NEW...this will take your feathering to a NEW level. The Carousel Feather is easy to mark and simply stunning as a large fill or small detailed fill. This is one you will love to try and use when the quilt top needs something special.
Now that you understand the basic of the Carousel Feather, this video will help you plan your layout and choose which pattern you want repeated throughout the area to be machine quilted.
In this video you will be able to really shine using two of your favorite feather styles. Use one to fill and one on the meandered spine...the combination of texture will be fabulous. Let get quilting!
Now that you have mastered the Carousel Feather layouts and know how to insert the designs, now you can start altering the shapes. There is a trick to this so be sure to watch closely and happy quilting.
Sometimes there are happy accidents. Your quilting creates something new, exciting and unexpected. And you want to use it again and again. Take a picture of it, print it out and pin it up so to remind you to use it.
Here is where your machine quilted feathers will really shine. And as your hand-eye coordination keep getting better you will be able to add more and more luscious texture to your quilt tops. Have fun with this section.
In this section you will find lots of different feather styles and the easiest way to create them...just by picking shapes and keeping them regular within the motif. You will love this and return to it time and time again.
There are times when you will feel the urge to "quilt to cardboard". So here are some fill designs that you can add to your feathers as you quilt along. Or, go back in later to embellish with even more luscious thread detail, pattern and texture. You may have been doing this naturally as you go along, or felt that it requires more precision than you feel you have at this particular time in your feathering journey. Try these simple yet elegant little design techniques.
Have been thinking about how to choose the right feather to quilt for specific areas of the quilt top. There are always added considerations when choosing feather styles besides the shape. Here are some feather choices you can make to help you make machine quilting feathers easier, like making long elegant feathers, or tiny fills go quicker, and reach awkward areas, etc.
You will have your own thoughts on this...so let know what you think would work best in the comments. Hope this helps.
We are thinking about using a specific style of feather for some very different purposes. Which ones may work best.
This where the fun is...using an easy Free Motion style that is compatible with other shapes on your quilt top. Pick 3 and repeat in borders, meanders, fills, blocks...etc. The more you restrict the choices the more creative your results.
Where is the first place you look on a quilt top? For many it is the corner. They are frames that can make or break the overall design. Are they of the right thread path density? Do the corners look symmetrical and pains takingly perfect? What is the look you need yet stitch it with Free Motion Feather Freedom? We will explore the possibilities.
Download these corner turn layout designs and keep them handy in your notebook or by your quilting machine.
Download this valuable Feather Border design layout sheet. It is a great way to plan ahead, especially when you get to the bottom of the quilt. You can always take a picture of the border and corner turns you quilted at the top of the quilt so you can refer to it when you get to the bottom.
This is what Free Motion Feather Freedom is all about. Warm up your machine! This is going to be fun!
Borders and corners really set the overall tone of the quilt. This is where your work will shine, since it is viewed more than other areas of the quilt. Besides framing the quilt it frames your creative inspirations too.
Blocks are easy to pick designs for because they are usually configured in squares. Yet there are so many ways to take a square and change up the designs and do the unexpected. We will take a look at what we can do to make things more fun for you with a more interesting configuration for the quilting patterns.
Sally is an innovator and award winning machine quilter, Honored as Teacher of the Year by International Machine Quilters Association. Her "ah ha" techniques are industry standards. Sally's top selling books, Pathways To Better Quilting, Hooked On Feathers, and Pathways From Quilt Top To Quilted published by AQS echo her philosophy "you don't have to copy me to be successful, it's within you, we will show you where to find it within yourself and give you the tools."
Most students feel she has a relaxed way of teaching machine quilting which encourages confidence and a joy of learning. Sally approaches the information in her classes from the student's point-of-view with in-depth knowledge that is creative and inspirational.
Take heart, her machine quilting techniques work for sit down and stand up machine quilters everywhere.
She specializes in “wiggle room" patterns and designs that appear intricate, yet are simple to execute without a lot of marking. “I feel that we could spend hours quilting to cardboard and never be rewarded for the time and effort. With my techniques you can quilt small closely spaced beautiful designs without a lot of planning and the outcome is spectacular, as if you used lots of ruler work and tiny time consuming fills."
Sewing since the age of three and machine quilting and instructing over 14 years with numerous TV appearances, she has quilted for Better Homes & Gardens, and published articles and how-to's in many books and magazines, plus offers her own line of patterns, stencils and templates and instructional videos for all machine quilters from traditional sitdown machine to standup. She has attended 100's of quilt shows and taught thousands of passionate machine quilters. After experiencing one of Sally's classes, every class after that the student takes is so much more meaningful, no matter who the instructor. An expert in marketing strategies her business classes are never boring.