|Traditional round wreath with center scrolls.|
|Overview of the Quilt's Back.|
|Circle Wreath with plumes and swirls.|
I have tried many different ways to create the traditional quilted feather motif both on a domestic and long-arm sewing machine--always with inferior results. I've even taken classes from authors on "bump-back" feathers only to be disappointed in the outcome. To sew traditional feathers, it uses your muscle-memory. This means that one person's technique may not work for another individual. When I quilted from the top of feather down, my plumes never carried the correct angle with respect to both sides of the spine. This bothered me. The bump-back method of feathers only looked good on paper and my plumes always were too plump. Not to mention the whole inconvenient back-tracking required.
At my local fabric store, I stumbled upon the book "Feather Adventures" by Patsy Thompson. In its first pages, she described her quilting journey of feathers--and it was the same as mine. She began as a hand quilter and could do beautiful feathers only that way (me too!). Her challenges were the same that I experienced and as she taught the bottoms-up method of quilting feathers that worked for her--worked for me. So....don't give up if you're new to quilting feathers, just find the motion that works best for your muscle memory. One person's path is not the same as another's!