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Saturday, December 8, 2012

Feathers Being Born...



This weekend I have the rare opportunity to indulge in some quality sewing time with some of my "peeps"...as my good friends are fondly referred to!  I'm not teaching...I'm not hostessing the weekend...I'm a participant so I can snug in with my baggy denim shirt, fuzzy socks, good music, and sew to my heart's content.  Life is good :)

I brought along my yellow wholecloth as well as three new backgrounds I'm working on.  Yesterday I started getting some of the feather border sewn and wanted to share feathers being born.

When I sketched out the border I drew my spines only as I wanted to do free-form style feathers.  I did make little dotted lines as a guide on either side of the spine to give me something to shoot for to keep my feathers a consistent size. 

I get lots of questions, especially from my Craftsy students, on the over-under style of designing and I thought this would be a great opportunity to show how I do that.  I quilted the feather plumes that are on "top" first.  Then I went back and quilted the ones that are "underneath" second.  It's a little tedious but the results are definitely worth it.

Once both layers of feathers were completed I went back with a matching yellow silk and echoed the overall feather design three times.  I went back again and added little yellow whispies in the center of each feather.  I love doing this as it adds strength to the bottom of the feather and stacks it up a bit at the spine.

I'm also in the middle of rewriting handbooks and the first one I'm working on is my Heirloom Feathers & Backgrounds.  I got this pretty woven one finished up just a bit ago.

Have a wonderful weekend!  I will have more goodies to share first part of next week.  Hugs, Cindy :)

9 comments:

Can't Stop Stitchin said...

Oh Cindy, just lovely~ thank you for sharing your art with us. you inspire :)
Merry Christmas
Godspeed,
mary

Karen said...

As always your feathers rock! And the woven background is oh so pretty. I'll be anxious to see where you use it.

fabriquefantastique said...

absolutely beautiful

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Stunning work Cindy!! I find your sharing so very interesting.

I am still trying my FMQ; but not as steady as I would like. Yours are inspiring. Thank you. A question is you don't mind; uneven stitches on the back of the piece...i that tension or pulling the fabric???
Thanks Cindy

Robbie said...

Just beautiful work and workmanship each and every time! Never tire looking at your quilting!

treadlemusic said...

Lovely, as always, and challenging....just what I need to have!! Love the over/under effect with the fine stippling in the background. The texture is awesome! Hugs......

Frog Quilter said...

Yum. Beautiful.

Joan said...

Beautiful beautiful work Cindy. Under and over looks great. Just love your feathers!

Diane Mitchell said...

Cindy, I am a process person, so I am really enjoying your process of giving birth to a whole cloth quilt. I actually think there may be hope for me yet, if I just stick with it. Luv ya! ~Diane