Whoa, sorry about the 6-week break from blogging. I had mononucleosis and it was all I could do to keep up with my machine quilting orders and my family. Sometimes, you just get sick. However, stay tuned because I also have another quilt being published in Issue 17 of Fat Quarterly magazine and another Moda Bakeshop feature coming soon! Yay!
At any rate, I was showing different feather threadpaths for machine quilters. There were two ideas left that I wanted to share.
Bump-back feathers. But why do them when we can do longarm feathers (as taught in previous posts)? They are more traditional and mimic the antique hand-quilted look. In antique feathers, there are no separation between the plumes of the feather--which commonly occurs in longarm feathers.
These feathers are an advanced skill as they require back-tracking, or going twice over the same spot twice. With care and practice, this is doable.
Stitch regulators help with the "bump-back" part of these feathers. However, I do not have a stitch regulator, so...Is there a way to do the traditional feathers without back-tracking?
Yes! It's an awesome "secret". Instead of tracing back over the plume, go and and so some of your back-ground filler and then come back. I admit this next diagram looks messy, but you'll get the idea. For simplicity, the back-ground filler is basic stippling but this trick works with any filler, loop the loops and etc.
I hope you like this post. Please feel free to join this week's linky party--open all week and share anything in the home-arts that you've been working on. Until next week, Happy Quilting!